Two weeks before surgery, you may have been told to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. Among other drugs, this includes:
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
- Naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve)
Take only the medicines your doctor has told you to take before surgery, including prescription medicines. If you're confused about which medicines to take the night before or the day of surgery, call your doctor.
Do not take any supplements, herbs, vitamins, or minerals before surgery unless your doctor said it is OK.
Bring a list of all your medicines to the hospital. Include the ones that you were told to stop taking before surgery. Make sure you write down the dose and how often you take them. If possible, bring your medicines in their containers.