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Ibuprofin restriction before surgery? Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

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Unread 03-15-2006, 10:30 PM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

Anyone know why you can't take Ibuprofin for two weeks before surgery? Is there a listing of medications containing Ibuprofin somewhere?
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Unread 03-15-2006, 10:36 PM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

Yep, I can! It can act as a blood thinner. So no Ibuprophen, Asprin, anything like that. Anything that is anti-inflammatory will be a . If I find a list, I will let you know!
Unread 03-15-2006, 11:04 PM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

blood thinner = bleeding. They don't want you to bleed too much.
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Unread 03-15-2006, 11:14 PM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

My doc's nurse also told me no aspirin or ibuprofen before surgery. She said for about a week. I also take Ultram and she said to try and not take any for a couple days before surgery. The blood thinning thing is why. Just to be safe I would call my doc's office about any medication you take the two weeks prior to surgery. They will know better than anyone what is best for you.
Unread 03-16-2006, 12:36 AM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

I've been told prior to every surgery not to take aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (which also rules out multivitamins that contain either), echinacea, and lots of other blood thinning drugs and herbs. Here's a link to a pretty comprehensive list:


As always, it's best to ask your own DR which meds you can and cannot take as your surgery date approaches.

Unread 03-16-2006, 03:10 AM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

just wanted to add that FISH OIL can alsos act as a blood thinner, esp if you take a significant amount as i do. also, ginseng, and ginko can do the same. I have a serious herb, vitamin nutritional healing book. it lists adverse reactions to almost everything, and even tells you if you should not be taking something. I use it all the time. I'm about to have back surgery so I'm going through the same thing. i have to stop all the drugs called nsaids, , that could include asprin, motrin, celebrex, etc. Some medical people do not know that fish oil, vit E, and ginseng, Ginko, or even Evening primrose oil (which can cause seizures in some people btw) can thin your blood and equal excessive bleeding -not something you wnat during surgery.
I take fish oil for my lipids, ie fts, cholesterol and tirglycerides. I tke Omacor, 3gms a day. It is prescription dose, but if you take say, dr. carlsons fish oil, 1 tablespoon a day, you are in the same dose range.

Wanted to add, my doc told me today that for 48 hours afte surgery I can't take any hormones, esp estrogen b/c of blood clots. b/c you are not up and moving too much the first 48 hours, blood clots can happen. I was surprised when she told me b/c I have had many surgeries and this is the first one they have said no estrogen. but it makes sense, blood clots are a risk after any surgery, no matter how minor. that is why they get you moving as fast as possible. b/c i am having back surgery, I will not be moving too much for about 2 days.
Unread 03-16-2006, 06:27 AM
Thanks for the Ibuprofin info..!

Thank you everybody for your responses. (I knew you guys would know...and I knew there might be some other things you probably shouldn't take. I had read somewhere that you shouldn't take hormones prior to the surgery because of potential for blood clots..yet they ok'd that..so I will check again with them about immediately post op. I have a couple of prescriptions for back pain also which I don't think have Ibuprofin hiding in them, but I started to worry about it because I don't want to get up to the date and then postpone because I was a dummy.... I was planning to just try not to take anything for a couple days prior, so looks like I was on the right track there. So, I will look up this other stuff and not worry too much about that....

Hope your back surgery goes well Vali...let us know!
Unread 03-16-2006, 08:25 AM
Ibuprofin restriction before surgery?

I spaced out before my last surgery and took 2 ibuprofin 3 days before surgery. I did tell the surgeon beforehand. She noticed that my bleeding was harder to control than they expected, and I was seeping after they sutured me up. It wasn't serious, but definately try not to space out the way I did! Cod liver oil is another one to watch out for--I normally take it during the winter, but it's a fish oil, and the bottle even warns you not to take it if you're anticipating surgery.

If you do need a pain reliever before surgery, tylenol is fine.

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