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I am (was) going to have a Lapband installed in 6 months. I just read in the literature that the hospital gave me, that after surgery and from that point forward, I should avoid all painkillers. This includes aspirin, advil, aleve, etc. Wait a minute!!! I use painkillers for a variety of things at different times such as headaches, etc. If I'm supposed to avoild them after having a lapband inserted, I may need to re-think my decision. Taking a bab aspirin a day can be lifesaving to men especially.

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You have to stay away from medication that is hard on the stomach so you don't cause an erosion. Tylenol is fine to take and you can get it in liquid form. Aleve motrin aspirin are hard on the stomach.

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Does the liquid form need to be prescribed? I didn't know they sold liquid form for adult dosages. (OTC)

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Liquid Tylenol is sitting on the shelf next to the pill form. If you can't find it, ask a pharmacist to help you find it. Deanna

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Roc,

I asked mu doc yesterday and he said no the liquid tylenol for adults is the same as childrens liquid tyelnol, just read adult dosage on the label.

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Except if you buy the children's version, you will be paying a lot more for less volume. I bought adult Tylenol liquid and also Children's Motrin liquid (they don't make an adult liquid ibuprofen OTC yet that I've found).

Avoid the Baby or Infant's drops, that is waaaayyy too expensive per dose.

My surgeon is okay with later down the line using a chewable Baby aspirin per day for the heart health effects, but he said we will discuss it later, certainly not soon post-op.

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Thank you for your response.

Except if you buy the children's version, you will be paying a lot more for less volume. I bought adult Tylenol liquid and also Children's Motrin liquid (they don't make an adult liquid ibuprofen OTC yet that I've found).

Avoid the Baby or Infant's drops, that is waaaayyy too expensive per dose.

My surgeon is okay with later down the line using a chewable Baby aspirin per day for the heart health effects, but he said we will discuss it later, certainly not soon post-op.

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Now this is really scaring me. I take a baby aspirin daily for my heart. My cardiologist, told me that now, whatever I do, DON'T stop taking the baby aspirin once I start as it can be DANGEROUS. So once I'm banded, what the heck do I do?

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I was banded a year ago. My Dr. explained that painkillers such as tylenol and asperin *sp* have a tendancy to thin the blood and they don't want this happen just before surgery.

I take extra strength tylenol for severe headaches....he said that would be okay as long as it wasn't a frequent happening....so, like everything else in life, the golden rule he passed onto me was "moderation".

So, tell your Dr. about the Baby Asperin and see what he says, it may still be allowed. Never be afraid to contact your Dr's office to get clearification on items.....there is good advice on this board but you can see that it is also conflicting advice which for sure will confuse you....best go back to the source for further info.

Carol

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This doesn't make much sense to me. I take a baby aspirin every day. Why would it hurt the stomach when the aspirin goes in the stomach and the band goes around the stomach. My doctor said it's fine to take an aspirin once a day.

Thanks

Barbara

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YOu will have to move to Tylenol products instead. I do take an occassional Advil without problem but I don't make it a practice.

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I have already bought my adult strength liquid Tylenol and found it fairly easily. Walgreens and CVS both had it for about $7 for a pretty good sized bottle.

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My doctor didn't give me any instructions about not taking pain relievers. In fact they recommended that for post-surgery pain relief, I take Advil four times a day along with the liquid codeine he prescribed.

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My doctor also says that pain relievers including NSAIDS are fine. He said he considers the study flawed that indicated they were bad for bandsters.

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paracetamol in any form is fine.

With my back, sometimes I really do have to give in and take an anti inflammatory, and my doc says this is OK on occasion, taken on an empty stomach if possible and flushed through with Water. But I stress, that's on occasion. I always take paracetamol instead if its only mild.

As far as blood thinning etc, fish oil and red wine are both great for the health of your cardiovascular system and blood chemistry.

Whether NSAID's really are bad for bandsters or not, they are bad for your stomach in general and I'd always try to avoid taking them where possible.

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