Medications and Surgery

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Center Team Informs Patients of Proper Medication Usage Prior to Surgery

The Urologic Oncology Center team of physicians strives to educate patients regarding which kinds of medications should be avoided before undergoing a surgical procedure.

Two weeks prior to surgery, patients should abstain from taking:

  • Aspirin
  • Plavix
  • Ibuprofen, including Motrin or Advil
  • NSAIDS, including Aleve or Relafen
  • Any gout medications, indomethacin and colchicines

One week prior to surgery, patients should abstain from taking any type of blood thinners. Patients should also avoid:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginseng
  • St. John's Wort
  • Garlic supplements
  • Glucophage
  • Metformin

The day of surgery, patients should refrain from taking:

  • Water pills and diuretics, including lasix/furosemide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Aldactone/spironolactone
  • Diovan HCT

If required, patients should take the following medications the day of surgery:

  • Antihypertensives (blood pressure medications)
  • Heart medications
  • Insulin (patients and physicians should collaborate for the correct dosage)

Patients should rely on their primary care physician for the appropriate dosing instructions prior to surgery.

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