Medicine you should stop taking before knee replacement surgery
Blood thinner medicines
If you are taking some kind of blood thinner medicine, call your doctor to find out if or when your medicine should be stopped before surgery.
Examples of medicines that can thin your blood are: aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin®), Plavix®, heparin, Lovenox® or Arixtra.™
Herbal or natural medicines can cause side effects or interfere with other medicines. You should check with your doctor to see if any herbal medicines you are taking need to be stopped before surgery.
There are 13 commonly used herbals that have some known side effects that may occur when taken with other medicines. Check with your doctor if you are taking:
You should stop taking the following pain medicines before surgery.
Check your medicine(s) to see if they contain any of those listed above. Ask your pharmacist if you should stop taking any combination medicine that includes any of those listed above.
The list does not include all medicines you may be taking. If you do not see your medicine(s), ask your pharmacist if you should stop taking your medicine(s). Check with your doctor or surgeon if you are taking any medicines for non-pain management reasons (such as amitriptyline for depression).
Current medicine list worksheet (requires Adobe Reader)
Total knee replacement
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Source: Allina Patient Education, Total Knee Replacement, third edition, ortho-ahc-90140
First published: 10/01/2000
Last updated: 12/01/2006
Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts