Meds and Food to Avoid List (from MY surgeon – check with yours)

This is a list of medications and food that I was directed to avoid by MY surgeon 2 weeks prior to my top surgery. I have no idea if this is standard practice, but you may want to prepare yourself to go off some of your medication, including antidepressants and testosterone, prior to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you when you have your pre-op appointment and sign papers, etc.

Fortunately I do not take any medications regularly, so that did not affect me. However, I am vegetarian and some of the diet restrictions were really challenging and I ended up eating meat out of desperation. I joked that I was surviving on turkey sandwiches, oranges, and water.

If you have to go off antidepressants, it may be a good idea to have a trusted friend or online network available to talk if you feel depressed, or be in touch with your therapist or a maybe a drop-in (and usually free) peer counseling group if you’re not in therapy. Also, if you suffer from depression (as I do) and you have to go off your meds, it’s a good idea to have a crisis prevention number saved in your phone. Self care is sexy!

Aspirin Medications to Avoid: Affect blood clotting.

4-Way Cold Tabs

5-Aminosalicylic Acid

Acetilsalicylic Acid

Actron

Adprin-B products

Aleve

Alka-Seltzer products

Amigesic Argesic-SA

Anacin products

Anexsia w/Codeine

Arthra-G

Arthriten products

Arthritis Foundation

products

Arthritis Pain Formula

Arthritis Strength BC

Powder

Arthropan

ASA

Asacol

Ascriptin products

Aspergum

Asprimox products

Axotal

Azdone

Azulfidine products

B-A-C

Backache Maximum

Strength Relief

Bayer Products

BC Powder

Bismatrol products

Buffered Aspirin

Bufferin products

Buffetts 11

Buffex

Butal/ASA/Caff

Cama Arthritis Pain

Reliever

Carisoprodol Compound

Cataflam

Cheracol

Choline Magnesium

Trisalicylate

Choline Salicylate

Cope

Coricidin

Cortisone Medications

Damason-P

Darvon Compound-65

Darvon/ASA

Diclofenac

Dipenturn

Disalcid

Doan’s products

Dolobid

Dristan

Duragesic

Easprin

Ecotrin products

Empirin products

Equagesic

Etodolac

Excedrin products

Fiorgen PF

Fiorinal products

Flurbiprofen

Gelpirin

Genprin

Gensan

Goody’s Extra Strength

Headache Powders

Halfprin products

IBU

Isollyl Improved

Kaodene

Lanorinal

lbuprohm

Lodine

Lortab ASA

Magan

Magnaprin products

Magnesium Salicylate

Magsal

Marnal

Marthritic

Mefenamic Acid

Meprobamate

Mesalamine

Methocarbarnol

Micrainin

Mobidin

Mobigesic

Momentum

Mono-Gesic

Motrin products

Naprelan

Naproxen

Night-Time Effervescent

Cold

Norgesic products

Norwich products

Olsalazine

Orphengesic products

Orudis products

Oxycodonc

Pabalate products

P-A-C

Pain Reliever Tabs

Panasal

Pentasa

Percodan products

Phenaphen/Codeine #3

Pink Bismuth

Piroxicam

Propoxyphene Compound

products

Robaxisal

Rowasa

Roxeprin

Saleto products

Salflex

Salicylate products

Salsalate

Salsitab

Scot-Tussin Original 5-

Action

Sine-off

Sinutab

Sodium Salicylate

Sodol Compound

Soma Compound

St. Joseph Aspirin

Sulfasalazine

Supac

Suprax

Synalgos-DC

Talwin

Triaminicin

Tricosal

Trilisate

Tussanil DH

Tussirex products

Ursinus-Inlay

Vanquish

Wesprin

Willow Bark products

Zorprin

Ibuprofen Medications to Avoid 

Affect blood clotting.

Acular (opthalmic)

Advil products

Anaprox products

Ansaid

Clinoril

Daypro

Dimetapp Sinus

Dristan Sinus

Feldene

Fenoprofen

Genpril

Haltran

Indochron E-R

Indocin products

Ketoprofen

Ketorolac

lbuprin

lbuprofen

Meclofenamate

Meclomen

Menadol

Midol-products

Nabumetone

Nalfon products

Naprosyn products

Naprox X

Nuprin

Ocufen (opthalmic)

Oruvail

Oxaprozin

Ponstel

Profenal

Relafen

Rhinocaps

Sine-Aid products

Sulindac

Suprofen

Tolectin products

Tolmetin

Toradol

Voltaren

Avoid ALL Diet Aids – Including Over-the-Counter & Herbal 

Intensify anesthesia, serious cardiovascular effects.

Tricyclic Antidepressants to Avoid 

Intensify anesthesia, cardiovascular effects.

Adapin

Amitriptyline

Amoxapine

Anafranil

Asendin

Aventyl

Clomipramine

Desipramine

Doxepin

Elavil

Endep

Etrafon products

Imipramine

Janimine

Limbitrol products

Ludiomil

Maprotiline

Norpramin

Nortriptyline

Pamelor

Pertofrane

Protriptyline

Sinequan

Surmontil

Tofranil

Triavil

Trimipramine

Vivactil

Other Medication to Avoid: Affect blood clotting.

4-Way w/ Codeine

A.C.A.

A-A Compound

Accutrim

Actifed

Anexsia

Anisindione

Anturane

Arthritis Bufferin

BC Tablets

Childrens Advil

Clinoril C

Contac

Coumadin

Dalteparin injection

Dicumerol

Dipyridamole

Doxycycline

Emagrin

Enoxaparin injection

Flagyl

Fragmin injection

Furadantin

Garlic

Heparin

Hydrocortisone

Isollyl

Lovenox injection

Macrodantin

Mellaril

Miradon

Opasal

Pan-PAC

Pentoxyfylline

Persantine

Phenylpropanolamine

Prednisone

Protarnine

Pyrroxate

Ru-Tuss

Salatin

Sinex

Sofarin

Soltice

Sparine

Stelazine

Sulfinpyrazone

Tenuate

Tenuate Dospan

Thorazine

Ticlid

Ticlopidine

Trental

Ursinus

Virbamycin

Vitamin E

Warfarin

Salicylate Medications, Foods & Beverages to Avoid 

Affect blood clotting.

Amigesic (salsalate)

Disalcid (salsalate)

Doan’s (magnesium

salicylate)

Dolobid (diflunisal)

Magsal

Pamprin (Maximum Pain

Relief)

Mobigesic

Pabalate

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth

subsalicylate)

Salflex (salsalate)

Salsalate

Salsitab (salsalate)

Trilisate (choline

salicylate + magnesium

salicylate)

Almonds

Apples

Apricots

Blackberries

Boysenberries

Cherries

Chinese Black Beans

Cucumbers

Currants

Garlic

Ginger

Grapes

Pickles

Prunes

Raspberries

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Wine

Vitamins and Herbs to Avoid 

Affect blood clotting, affect blood sugar, increase or decrease the strength of anesthesia, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, liver damage.  Note: Just because it is not of this list does not mean that it is safe to take while preparing for surgery.

Ackee fruit

Alfalfa

Aloe

Argimony

Barley

Bilberry

Bitter melon

Burdock root

Carrot oil

Cayenne

Chamomile

Chromium

Coriander

Dandelion root

Devil’s club

Dong Quai root

Echinacea

Ephedra

Eucalyptus

Fenugreek seeds

Feverfew

Fo-ti

Garlic

Ginger

Gingko

Gingko biloba

Ginseng

Gmena

Goldenseal

Gotu Kola

Grape seed

Guarana

Guayusa

Hawthorn

Horse Chestnut

Juniper

Kava Kava

Lavender

Lemon verbena

Licorice root

Ma Huang

Melatonin

Muwort

Nem seed oil

Onions

Papaya

Periwinkle

Selenium

St. John’s Wort

Valerian/Valerian Root

“The natural Viagra®”

Vitamin E

Willow bark

Yellow root

Yohimbe

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