April 25, 2014
Supplements Before Surgery
Wellness Tip

Supplements Before Surgery

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

If you take dietary supplements, especially herbal ones, and are about to have surgery, talk to your doctor about whether you should stop taking them, since they can cause complications— just as prescription and over-the-counter drugs can.

Possible problems range from excessive bleeding to interaction with anesthetics. Your doctor may recommend stopping certain medications and supplements a week or even more before surgery. If surgery must be scheduled sooner, show all herbal products (in their packages) to your doctor beforehand.