Certain medications require special handling prior to surgery. Your surgeon and Pre-Anesthesia Department staff will review your medications and instruct accordingly. It is important that you provide accurate and complete information including over-the-counter medications and supplements.
Dietary Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements, Holistic Supplements
Studies have shown that there are anesthetic interactions with herbal supplements. Please stop any dietary supplements fourteen days before your operation, please stop taking any dietary supplements from now until your operation.
If you take Coumadin, please discuss this with your surgeon at least one week before your operation. You need to obtain special instructions about when to stop this medication.
If you take Lovenox, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. You need to obtain special instructions about when to stop this medication.
If you take Plavix, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. Follow your surgeon's instructions whether to continue taking your Plavix or whether to stop taking it before your operation.
If you take Ticlid, please discuss this with your surgeon as soon as possible. Follow your surgeon's instructions whether to continue taking your Ticlid or whether to stop taking it before your operation.
You may take Tylenol, if needed, for pain up until the day of your operation.
Aspirin and Drugs
If your doctor wants you to stop aspirin before your operation, stop taking it and products containing aspirin ten days before the operation. Do not stop taking aspirin unless instructed to do so.
Examples of aspirin products:
Arthritis Pain Formula
Arthritis Strength BC Powder
Arthritis Strength Bufferin
BC Arthritis Strength Powder
BC Cold Powder
Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever
Gensan Goody’s Powder
Multi-Sympton Formula/Non-Drowsey Formula
P-A-C Analgesic Tablets
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)
If your doctor wants you to stop NSAIDS before surgery, stop taking them three days before surgery. You do not need to stop taking them unless instructed to do so.
Examples of NSAIDS: