Medications to Avoid Before and/or After Surgery

Before undergoing surgery, it's important to make your health care provider and surgical team aware of all over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications and herbal or dietary supplements you're taking. Some medications can promote excessive bleeding and must be avoided for a period of time—prior to surgery and/or after the procedure—and other drugs can cause an adverse interaction with anesthesia.

Below is a list of medications that may be of concern before (and/or after) surgery. Please note: This is not a complete list and it is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Talk to your health care provider and do not discontinue the use of any prescription medication without permission from your physician.

4-Way Cold Tablets

A

  • Ascriptin
  • Ascriptin with Codeine
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Anacin
  • Anaprox
  • Arthopan Liquid
  • ASA and Codeine
  • Aspirin
  • Ascriptin
  • Aspergum

B

  • Bayer
  • BC Tablets and powder
  • Bromo-Seltzer
  • Bufferin
  • Bufferin with Codeine #3

C

  • Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever
  • Clinoril
  • Congesprin Chewable Tablets
  • Cope Tablets
  • Coricidin "D" Congestant Tablets
  • Coricidin
  • Coumadin

D

  • Darvon with ASA (removed from the U.S. market)
  • Darvon Compound (removed from the U.S. market)
  • Disalcid
  • Doan's Pills
  • Dolobid
  • Dristan
  • Duragesic

E

  • Easprin
  • ECOTRIN
  • Empirin
  • Empirin with Codeine
  • Equagesic
  • Excedrin

F

  • Feldene
  • Fenoprofen
  • Florinal Tablets
  • Florinal with Codeine

I

  • Ibuprofen
  • Indocin
  • Indomethasin

L

  • Lodine

M

  • Micrainin
  • Midol
  • Motrin

N

  • Nalfon
  • Naprosyn (Naproxen)
  • Norgesic and Norgesic Forte
  • Nuprin
  • Nyquil
  • Nytol

O

  • Orudis
  • Oxycodone

P

  • Pamprin
  • Percodan
  • Persantine
  • Phenaphene
  • Propoxyphene

R

  • Robaxisal

S

  • Synalgos - DC Capsules

T

  • Talwin
  • Trilisate

Z

  • Zorpin

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Nov 2001

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2013