How to Take NSAIDS After a Gastric Bypass

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin are also known as NSAIDs. These drugs are commonly used to treat pain and inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis. Over-the-counter and prescription forms are available. These drugs are associated with reduced blood clotting ability and stomach ulcers. Because of these risks, it is generally considered unsafe for a patient to use NSAIDs after gastric bypass; however, in some cases, the benefits of NSAIDs may outweigh the risks.

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Taking aspirin after gastric bypass isn't recommended. (Image: bookzaa/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Wait four to six weeks after your surgery to consider taking NSAIDs. Because of the risk of bleeding and irritation associated with the NSAIDs, you must ensure that your bypass is fully healed before taking these drugs.

Step 2

Talk to your doctor about taking NSAIDs. If you have a condition that doesn't respond to other medications, your doctor may approve you using NSAIDs. If this is the case, your doctor will tell you the specific dose you are allowed to take, which is usually considerably smaller than you would have taken before your gastric bypass surgery.

Step 3

Take your dosage of the NSAID with a meal, notes the Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey. You can crush the pill if you have trouble swallowing pills. If you do this, mix the powder in soft food. Food can help to coat your stomach and may reduce the risk of developing ulcers and stomach irritation.

Step 4

Seek emergency medical attention if you experience severe stomach pain, bloody bowel movements or bloody vomit after taking NSAIDs.


Check the ingredients list of over-the-counter muscle rubs and topical medications and patches. Some of these may contain an NSAID. Using topical NSAIDs isn't considered safe unless you have your doctor's approval to use these products.


Never take NSAIDs without getting your doctor's permission.

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