Caution

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 unexpected—even dangerous—consequences. While all herbal medicines can have unforeseen risks, several potentially dangerous herb-anesthesia interactions

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