Harvard Health Letter

Managing your medications before a medical procedure

You may need to stop taking blood thinners, certain painkillers, herbs, and supplements to reduce your risk for bleeding. No one wants to have surgery, even minor surgery, but sometimes minor procedures, such as a tooth extraction or a colonoscopy, are unavoidable. When that happens, you may hear that its important to stop taking certain medications. Understanding exactly which drugs to suspend and when can be confusing. I get a…

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