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Bariatric Surgery

Medications

Will I be able to take the medicines I was taking before having bariatric surgery?

Many people find that they need to adjust the dose of their medicines. This is because bariatric surgery may change the way your body uses certain medicines, especially those taken by mouth. Some people may be able to stop taking certain medicines that helped manage their health condition before surgery.

It’s important to talk to your doctor and healthcare team about your medicines before and after surgery, so that changes can be made to meet your needs.

What medicines do I need to avoid after bariatric surgery?

Some medicines are not safe to take after having bariatric surgery, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). NSAIDS include the pain medicines ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Taking NSAIDS after bariatric surgery increases the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. Talk to a pharmacist or your healthcare team if you have questions about which medicines are safe for you to take. ​

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