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Why should I stop taking herbal supplements before surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
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In brief: Possible interaction

Herbal supplements should still be considered medications, and medications can interact with anesthesia or other medications used during and after surgery.
Stopping all supplements minimizes the chance of an adverse interaction. Lastly, some supplements may affect the ability to clot blood. Let your doctors know everything you are taking.

In brief: Possible interaction

Herbal supplements should still be considered medications, and medications can interact with anesthesia or other medications used during and after surgery.
Stopping all supplements minimizes the chance of an adverse interaction. Lastly, some supplements may affect the ability to clot blood. Let your doctors know everything you are taking.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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In brief: 1-2 weeks

Some of the supplements cause blood to be thin and can cause extra bruising, some can cause the blood to be too thick and cause a thrombosis.
Some can interfere with anesthesia.

In brief: 1-2 weeks

Some of the supplements cause blood to be thin and can cause extra bruising, some can cause the blood to be too thick and cause a thrombosis.
Some can interfere with anesthesia.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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