Certain medicines can cause problems (complications) with your surgery unless you stop taking them before surgery.
Talk with your health care provider about all of the medicines you take (including over-the-counter medicines, herbals, vitamins or other supplements) at least 10 days before surgery. Ask your health care provider for instructions if you take a combination medicine that has any of the medicines in the chart.
Talk with your health care provider 4 to 6 weeks before your surgery about when you should stop taking DMARDs.
In general, most people stop taking DMARDs 1 to 2 weeks before surgery.
It is important to take certain medicines the morning of surgery.
If you take any of the medicines on the following list, take your morning dose with a small sip of water before you go to the hospital.
Follow any instructions your health care provider gives you.
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Do not take aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin before surgery.
If you take aspirin on a regular basis, talk with your health care provider about when to stop taking it.
Tell your health care team which medicines you took the morning of surgery and what time you took them.