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Blood-Thinning Medications

Blood Thinning Medications

Cosmetic surgeons in Maryland urge patients to understand the effects of all the medicine they take. Medications containing aspirin, for example, have a systemic effect on anyone who consumes them on a daily basis. These products are known as blood thinners, thus they change the blood-clotting ability of those taking them, which obviously impacts the ability to heal after surgery.

Dr. Garazo advises you that the ideal time to DISCONTINUE these products is two (2) COMPLETE WEEKS PRIOR TO SURGERY, unless otherwise directed by your surgeon. Even one pill within this time period can affect bleeding.

Please review the list below, compiled by Maryland cosmetic surgeons, prior to your cosmetic surgery procedure. Feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff any questions you have about blood-thinning medications or any medicine that you are currently taking.

  • Advil
  • Alcohol
  • Aleve
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Anacin
  • Anaprox
  • Ansaid
  • APC
  • Aspirin
  • BC Cold Powder
  • BC Tables and/or Powder
  • Brufen
  • Bufferin
  • Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever
  • Cephalgesics
  • Cogesprin
  • Coricidin
  • Coumadin
  • Coumadin/Warafin—is usually stopped 5 days prior to an elective procedure, only with approval from your family physician.
  • Darvon
  • Darvon with Aspirin
  • Disalcid Tablets and/or Capsules
  • Doan’s Regular & Extra Strength
  • Dolobid
  • Dristan
  • Duradyne Tablets
  • Easprin Vitamin E—does not contain aspirin, but does act as a blood thinner.
  • Ecotrin
  • Empirin
  • Equagesic Tablets
  • Excedrin
  • Feldene
  • Florinal
  • Flubiprofen Sodium
  • 4-Way Cold Tablets
  • Goody’s Headache Powder/Tablets
  • Ibuprofen
  • Indomethacin
  • Meclomen
  • Medipren
  • Midol PMS Caplets
  • Midol 200
  • Naprosyn
  • Percodan
  • Persatine
  • Plavix
  • Quagesic
  • Robaxisal
  • Rufen
  • Sine Aid
  • Trandate
  • Trental
  • Trilisate
  • Vanquish
  • Wesprin
  • Zavtrin
  • Zoprin


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