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Should I stop taking aspirin and antiplatelet medicines before minor surgery?


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Should I stop taking aspirin and antiplatelet medicines before minor surgery?
 
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Clopidogrel, dipyridamole and low dose aspirin (75mg - 300mg per day) are antiplatelet agents. They are prescribed to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

They are called antiplatelet agents because they interfere with the platelets ' ability to form blood clots. Platelets are cells in the blood that control bleeding and help the blood to clot.

There is no proof that continuing to take antiplatelets causes major bleeding problems either during, or after, minor surgery for cataract removal, dental extractions and superficial skin operations.

Antiplatelet medicines should only be stopped before surgery if it is clear that the risks of bleeding are greater than the risks of stopping the medicine, for example,it it increases the possibility of a heart attack or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Stopping antiplatelet medication before surgery should only be done on the advice of your doctor or surgeon.

If you are taking aspirin without the knowledge of a health professional, please speak to your doctor for advice.

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