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A 46-year-old female asked:

Why do i need to stop methotrexate & arava (leflunomide) before alif surgery? i can't take it for 2 months after, why?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
See below: You must stop before surgery and you can resume it until you are cleared the surgeon performing surgery because it can put you at increased risk for post-surgerical infections.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: Two months is an unusually long period to hold Methotrexate after surgery. Three weeks is more the usual but it is ultimately up to your surgeon.
Last updated Jun 28, 2014

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