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Ibuprofen pre-op? Ibuprofen pre-op?

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Unread 02-08-2005, 08:18 AM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

Hi everyone! I take 3 ibuprofen daily, sometimes 2x daily as I have a very physical job and always have a lot of aches and pains. Did your doctors advise you to stop taking any NSAIDs pre-op to avoid blood thinning? I forgot to ask my doctor about that as I was a little overwhelmed by all the other info she gave me. I am having a TAH on March 10, so I need to start thinking about this. Thanks! I will call doctor and ask her as well, but was curious what everyone else's experience has been.
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Unread 02-08-2005, 08:44 AM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

At my pre-op check-in at the castle I was advised to stop taking any ibruprofin or asprin type product three days before the surgery. I was told only tylenol was ok. I suffer from frequent migraines and sure enough I got one the day before the surgery. I took tylenol and I still had the migraine the next day. Good Luck.

Unread 02-08-2005, 08:59 AM

OMG, I didn't even think about migraine meds. I also suffer from them and take Excedrin if I catch it early, Midrin or Imitrex if I wait too long. If they're really bad, I take Robaxin (muscle relaxant) as well. Definitly need to call the doc as I don't know what class of drug any of these are and if they could complicate things. Thanks for the reminder!
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Unread 02-08-2005, 09:33 AM
Nsaids and Excedrin

HI all...goodmorning!

Definately make sure you are off all NSAIDS like ibuprofen at least 3 days before...some docs recommend 2 weeks prior to surgery because they can significantly increase post op bleeding/ decrease clotting. Additionally, you cannot take it after surgery for a period of time. If you do not have an appt. no later than 2 weeks from surgery, be sure to talk to your doc..it can be very dangerous.

I don't think excedrin is an NSAID...any aspirin containing products are a no-no, but tylenol or acetominophne products are not NSAIDs and are safe to take right up to surgery and immediately after as they do not cause any problems with clotting...hence this is why all the pain meds after surgery contain tylenol and not ibuprofen.

Good luck!
Unread 02-08-2005, 09:34 AM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

I am in a 81 mg aspirin regimen one a day, and I have stopped completely taking those, is better to be safe than sorry, I try not to take any pain killers for now I want my body to be extra clean of any medicine for this surgery, unless I am really in pain I rather not take anything.

Best luck for you.
Unread 02-08-2005, 10:02 AM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

I was told to stop taking asprin and ibuprofen 2 weeks before my surgery.
Unread 02-08-2005, 10:28 AM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

I was told to stop taking ibuprofen and any aspirin products two weeks prior to my surgery. When you mention excedrin, if you are refering to excedrin migraine, I believe it has aspirin in it.
Unread 02-08-2005, 10:50 AM

Actually, all Excedrin except the aspirin free variety has aspirin in it. So I guess the consenus is that aspirin and all of its cousins are a no-no. :cry:
Darn! I guess I'll try Tylenol and see how well it works. Thanks everyone!
Unread 02-08-2005, 08:01 PM
Ibuprofen pre-op?


tylenol now has a fast-acting pill that seems to work pretty well -- at least for me. I personally quit taking anything else for pain because I knew it was safe but wasn't sure what else was.

Unread 02-08-2005, 08:18 PM
Ibuprofen pre-op?

All aspirin-containing products need to be stopped at least 7 days before surgery. Some doctors like to recommend 10-14 days for extra caution, but the effect that they have on the blood thinning is about 7 days.

Ibuprofen and the other non-aspirin NSAIDs have varying effects on blood thinning. Some need to be stopped 7 days prior, and some don't need to be stopped at all. Ibuprofen is a fairly safe drug from this point of view and most would recommend ceasing it for 3-4 days.

Paracetamol (what you guys call acetoaminophen in the US) is completely safe from blood thinning point of view, but watch you don't consume more than 4 grams per day.

Call your doctor. They won't mind. And you will be really peeved if your surgery has to be cancelled because of the medication issue! Good luck xx

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