Supplements to Avoid Before Surgery

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I was looking through some information I have and found this document put out by Aesthetic Surgery Journal on Supplements to avoid before surgery.  So I am sharing this information with you, so you can

Supplements to avoid before surgery

know too.  Avoid taking these for up to 1 week before your surgical procedure and re commence approximately 1 week afterwards, or when directed to by your healthcare professional.

They title this table

Supplements To Avoid Prior To Surgery

Supplements contraindicated during the perioperative period.
SupplementUseAdverse Effects
Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus)Visual Acuity; AntioxidantAnti platelet activity, inhibition of clot formation
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Relief of menopausal disorders, menstrual crampsMay potentiate anticoagulant medications
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) Immune system stimulantCan cause Hepatoxicity; contraindicated with hepatoxic drugs (anabolic steroids, methotrexate)
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Migraine preventative, used to relieve allergy symptomsMay affect clotting components; contraindicated with Warfarin & other anticoagulants
Fish OilContains Omega-3 derivatives DHA & EPA; used to treat hypercholesterolemia and increased triglyceride levelsEPA & DHA inhibit platelet adhesion and aggregation; excessive doses can inhibit wound healing
Garlic (Allium sativum)Antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti hypertensive. used to treat hypercholesterolemiaContraindicated with Warfarin & other anticoagulants, NSAIDs, Aspirin
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)Antiemetic, antispasmodicRisk of prolonged clotting time; contraindicated with Warfarin & other anticoagulants, NSAIDs, aspirin.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)Antioxidant, enhances cerebral blood flow; alleviates vertigo & tinnitusInhibition of platelet activity factor; contraindicated with Warfarin & other anticoagulants, NSAIDs, Aspirin
Ginseng (Panax gingseng, P. quinquefollium)Improves physical & cognitive performance; antioxidantMay interact with cardiac & hypoglycemic agents; contraindicated with Warfarin or other anticoagulants, NSAIDs
Goldenseal (Hydrastis candadensis) Mild laxative; reduces inflammationMay worsen swelling and high blood pressure
Hawthorne (Crataegus laevigata)Used for ischemic heart disease, hypertension, angina & chronic congestive heart diseasePotentiates actions of digitalis & other cardiac glycosides
Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)Sedative, analgesic, muscle relaxant, anxiolyticMay potentiate CNS effects of barbiturates, antidepressants, antipsychotics & general anesthetics
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)Used to treat gastric & duodenal ulcers, gastritis & bronchitisMay cause high blood pressure, hypokalemia & edema.
MelatoninUsed for jet lag, insomnia & Seasonal affective disorderMay potentiate CNS effects of barbiturates & general anesthetics
Red Clover (Trifollium pretense)Used to relieve symptoms of menopauseMay potentiate existing anticoagulant medication
St Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Antidepressant for mild to moderate depressionContraindicated with other MAOIs or SSRIs; photosensitivity; multiple drug interactions
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)Sleep aid, mild sedativeContraindicated with sedatives and anxiolytics
Vitamin EAntioxidant; used in treatment of cardiovascular diseaseAnticlotting activity may prolong bleeding time
Yohimbe (Corynanthe yohimbe)Aphrodisiac, sexual stimulantHypertension; tachycardia; increases potency of anesthetic agents

Key to abbreviations: CNS = Central nervous system; DHA = docosahexaenoic acid; EPA = eicosapentaenoic acid; MAOI = monoamine oxidase inhibitor, NSAID = Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; SSRI = selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor.

A guide to preoperative nutrition. Aesthetic Surgery Journal .  July/August 2004

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