Brief communication: Duration of platelet dysfunction after a 7-day course of ibuprofen

Neil A. Goldenberg, Linda Jacobson, Marilyn J. Manco-Johnson

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Background: Despite a paucity of evidence, clinicians routinely advise that patients discontinue using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen, at least 1 week before most surgical procedures. Objective: To define the duration of ibuprofen-induced platelet dysfunction. Design: Prospective cohort study. Setting: Denver/Aurora, Colorado. Participants: 11 healthy adult volunteers. Measurements: Individuals were tested at baseline and serially after completion of a 7-day course of ibuprofen (600 mg orally every 8 hours). The platelet function analyzer (PFA-100, Dade Behring, Newark, Delaware), a test that has replaced the bleeding time in many clinical settings, was used. Results: All participants exhibited normal platelet function before starting ibuprofen. Platelet dysfunction was apparent after completion of the ibuprofen course in 7 of the 11 participants and normalized by 24 hours after the last ibuprofen dose. Limitations: The sample size in this study was small, and no participants had a major illness. Correlation between PFA-100 results and clinical bleeding has not been established. Conclusions: Platelet function seems to normalize within 24 hours after cessation of regular ibuprofen use in healthy individuals. Further studies are warranted to provide a rational basis for tirring of NSAID withdrawal in a range of patients undergoing surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-509
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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