Important Information for Stopping Medication Before Surgery

It is especially important to follow these instructions regarding medications before surgery, as many medications may interfere with the clotting of blood and interact with anesthesia. By not complying with these instructions your surgery may be postponed.

Do not stop taking:
medications for thyroid, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, or psychotropic
meds. If you are on heart or blood thinner medications, you can contact

Birth control / hormones RT

Because the surgeries are very quick and less than 1 hour, it is not mandatory to stop the birth control or hormone therapies before surgery. Make sure to discuss this with the surgeon in Tijuana.

The following is information related to stopping certain medication before surgery. If you have questions about stopping your medications, please contact

3 days before surgery date, stop taking:
  • Diabetes medications (Exception is for Type I diabetes)
  • Cholesterol medications
7 days before surgery date, stop ASPIRIN & NSAIDS including these medications:
  • Aspirin (Anacin, Ascription, Bayer, Buffering, Ecotrin, Excedrin)
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Diclofenac potassium
  • Diclofenac sodium
  • Etodolac
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Motrin IB)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
  • Meloxicam (Mobic)
  • Naproxen
  • Piroxicam
  • Uric acid medications for Gout

7 days before surgery date, stop blood thinners including:
  • Coumadin
  • Warfarin sodium
  • Clopidogrel
  • Plavix
  • Eliquis
  • Apixaban

2 weeks before surgery date, stop taking:
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
  • Humira, Embrel, Taltz, Remicade etc.

2 weeks before surgery date, stop taking herbal supplements:
  • Echinacea
  • Ephedra
  • Feverfew
  • Fish Oil
  • Garlic
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Ginger
  • Green Tea
  • Kava Kava
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Valerian
  • Vitamin E

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