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Can I take my regular medications?

There are certain medications you need to stop taking before the surgery, such as blood thinners and antidepressants.

If you regularly take medication for a chronic condition, such as heart disease or depression, you may need to stop taking it several days to several weeks before surgery, according to the recommendations of your surgeon.

Usually, treatment with blood thinners, medically known as anticoagulants, such as warfarin, clopidogrel, enoxaparin, and aspirin, as well as with MAOI antidepressants, such as tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and selegiline, will need to be ceased prior to your surgery, as they may interfere with the anesthesia or cause excessive bleeding.

After the surgery, your doctor will tell you when you can resume taking your regular medication and may also advise you to take certain medication on the day of your surgery. Other medications you should avoid taking before the surgery are ibuprofen, tricyclic antidepressants, and herbal medication such as Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, and St. John’s Wort.

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