List of blood thinners to avoid before surgery

Here you can get a review list of blood thinners to avoid before surgery. When preparing for surgery, it is important to stop all medications that could cause excessive bleeding. Blood thinners may lead to serious complications during your surgery as well as during the postoperative phase. There are many well-known medications on the market that work by blocking the blood’s ability to form clots and are usually used in patients who have cardiac stents or coronary artery disease. There are also many drugs commonly taken to reduce pain and inflammation that actually exhibit blood-thinning effects as well.

Blood thinners to avoid before surgery

Attached is a list of medications that must be stopped prior to surgery, and below is a worksheet that includes your surgical procedure, date of surgery as well as medications you are currently taking that must be stopped. Since each medication works differently, the exact date to stop taking it will also be provided below according to your actual surgical date.

If you have any questions on whether or not a medication you are taking has a blood thinning effect or if you cannot find your medication on this list and have questions, do not hesitate to give our office a call.

Name: ____________________                           

Birth Date_________________                                                                                                 

Procedure____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                            

Surgical Date:__________________________                                                                    

MedicationDate to stop
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Aspirin-Containing Products Stop 14 Days Prior To SurgeryNSAIDs   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)Miscellaneous Medications   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)
Acetylsalicylic acidIbuprofen (1 day)Warfarin (5 days)
Aggrenox®Advil®Coumadin®
Alka-Seltzer®Bayer Select® 
Anacin®Excedrin IB®Clopidogrel (7 days)
Arthritis PainHaltran®Plavix®
Reliever®Ibuprin®Clopilet®
Ascriptin® productsMedipren® 
Aspergum®Midol Cramp Formula®Cilostazol (2 days)
 Midol IB®Pletal®
Aspirin ProductsMotrin® 
Axotal®Nuprin®Prasugrel (7 days)
Baby AspirinPamprin IB®Effient®
Buffaprin®Rufen® 
Cope® Heparin (12 hours)
Darvon Compound®Diclofenac (2 days) 
Darvon Compound 65®Arthrotec®Garlic (7 days)
Darvon-N Compound®Cataflam® 
Ecotrin®Voltaren®Ginkgo (2 days)
Empirin®  
Equagesic®Diflunisal (1 day)Ginseng (7 days)
Fiorinal®Dolobid® 
4-Way Coldv St. John’s Wort (5 days)
Genprin®Etodolac (2 days) 
Goody’s Headache 4-Lodine®Sulfinpyrazone (1 day)
Way Cold® Anturane®
Halfprin®Fenoprofen (1 day) 
Lanorinal®Nalfon®Fish Oil (7 days)
Magnaprin®  
Measurin®Flurbiprofen (2 days)Vitamins B and E (7 days)
Midol Max Strength®Ansaid® 
Norgesic® Ticlopidine (7 to 10 days)
Percodan®Indomethacin (1 day)Ticlid
Powder 4-Way Cold®Indameth® 
Robaxisal®Indocin® 
Aspirin-Containing Products Stop 14 Days Prior To SurgeryNSAIDs   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)Miscellaneous Medications   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)
Roxiprin®  
Sine-Off®Ketoprofen (2 days)
Synalgos®Orudis®
Triaminicin Cold®Oruvail®
Trigesic® 
Ursinus Inlay®Ketorolac (2 days)
Vanquish®Toradol®
Zorprin®  Meclofenamate (2 days)
 Meclodium®
 Mefenamic acid (2 days)
 Ponstel®
 Meloxicam (4 days)
 Mobic®
 Nabumetone (4 to 5 days)
 Relafen®
 Naproxen (4 days)
 Aleve®
 Anaprox®
 Naprosyn®
 Oxaprozin (12 days)
 Daypro®
 Piroxicam (14 days)
 Feldene®
 Sulindac (1 day)
 Clinoril®
Aspirin-Containing Products Stop 14 Days Prior To SurgeryNSAIDs   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)Miscellaneous Medications   (Days Prior To Surgery To Discontinue Therapy)
   Tolmetin (2 days) Tolectin® Tolectin DS® 

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