Mistake No. 7: You don't tell your doc about the supplements you're taking Many women don't realize dietary supplements can affect the way their body reacts to anesthesia, and that a bad drug/supplement interaction can kill them. Diet pills and over-the-counter stimulants like metabolic enhancers and fat burners make the heart muscle irritable and can cause cardiac arrest, says Bayati. She says women often don't report taking them before an operation because they don't consider them medication, as most are non-prescription. This can be a fatal mistake.
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