When Should You Stop Naproxen Before Surgery ?

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When Should You Stop Naproxen Before Surgery ?

Naproxen is a medicine from the group of medications that belong to NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) group of drugs. Naproxen is available in prescription and non prescription types. The non prescription drug is available as a coated tablet. The prescription drug is a much stronger version, and is available like a liquid suspension.

The prescription drug can only be taken under a doctor’s supervision. The off-the-shelf type of medication is available in the same category as Advil, for example. It can be taken along with food and milk.

Naproxen’s side effects vary. It mainly affects the heart, kidneys and stomach. It cannot be used before or after surgeries related to these parts. However, NSAIDs are used as a routine in coronary artery bypass surgeries but not Naproxen. Since Naproxen has the tendency to increase blood pressure, it is a bad sign to use the drug. Naproxen can increase the risk of stomach ulcers in pre-operative or post-operative conditions. It is also known to have caused severe internal bleeding. The worst part is that the bleeding can occur without a warning. That is why doctors prefer not to use it.

Also, if you are a person who is undergoing a surgery with some pre-existing conditions like kidney-related diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots, neurological diseases, stomach problems, history of alcohol abuse, then Naproxen should not be used during surgeries on you. You should also not be given the drug if you have been taking an herbal form of the medication.

You would have to stop taking Naproxen at least two weeks before you are scheduled for a surgery. This is because any pain medication takes around that much time to get cleaned out of the system.

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