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Do I Stop supplements?

Dr. Dean Kane Q & A.

Q. Should I stop taking any of the following OTC supplements before my “Mommy Makeover” on Feb 5‘th? My PS has not indicated that I should, but I also forgot to ask during our consultation. Women’s Multi-vitamin? Pro-biotics? Colace? Thank you for your response. A. Supplements may optimize your metabolism but can interfere with your healing. Supplements may inhibit or augment the medications you have been prescribed. ​It is essential to discuss your medications AND supplement use with your surgeon as it can affect your outcome, side-effects and risk and complications of the procedure you are about to “invest” in! For example: St. Johns Wort,  Yohimbe and Licorice root many inhibit the activity of your MAO and SSR Inhibitors. 5 Hydroxy Tryptophan; Valerian; Kava and Melatonin may increase GABA & Serotonin stimulation causing greater sedation. Arnica; Bromelain; Black Mushrooms; Clove oil; Gingko biloba; Ginseng,Ginger; Garlic, Bilberry; Dong Quai; and Feverfew may add to the anti-coagulant effects of Vitamin E; Honeysuckle; Wintergreen; Aspirin; Ibuprofen; Naprosyn; Chondroitin/Glucosamine; Saw Palmetto; Fish Oil / Essential Fatty Acids; Co-Q-10 and other NSAIDS. Phentermine; Ma Huang; MetaboLife; MetaBoost; Ephedra  and other Weightloss Supplements may cause unstable blood pressure or elevated and irregular heart rate if used with other medical stimulants at surgery. Echinacea; Goldenseal and Milk Thistle may potentiate liver dysfunction, immunosuppression and potentiate the effects of anesthesia medications. These are just a few of the concerns your physician and surgeon have in your welfare. Please fully discuss the use of your supplements, diet, drinks and medications with your caregiver prior to your surgery! ​All the best!

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