December 1999 Issue
Herbal Supplements and Surgery: A Risky Mix
Going in for surgery? You may already know that about a week beforehand you should stop taking over-the-counter blood thinners like aspirin, ibuprofen and vitamin E. But what about herbs?As the American Society of Anesthesiologists warned at its recent annual meeting, you should also stop taking herbal supplements before surgery, or your trip to the O.R. might have unexpectedeven dangerousconsequences. While all herbal medicines can have unforeseen risks, several potentially dangerous herb-anesthesia interactions
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