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Over the counter medications

Over the counter medicationOver the counter medications are those that you can buy in the drug store without a prescription. All medication, even common over the counter medicines, have side-effects and may cause problems during anesthesia or surgery.

Your child should not take some over the counter medications before anesthesia. These include:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetylsaliclyic Acid (ASA)

Different medications can cause different side-effects during anesthesia, such as too much bleeding and high blood pressure. Either of these effects can cause your child’s condition to become unstable during the procedure or operation.

Please ensure you review these medications with your child's physician in order to determine whether or not to discontinue use prior to surgery. 

Learn more about some over the counter medicines at AboutKidsHealth.ca: