- STOP the following medications three (3) days prior to surgery:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- NSAIDS (Aleve, Relafen)
- Gout medication (indomethacin, colchicine)
- STOP any diet drugs or herbal supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
- Consult your medical doctor or cardiologist if you are taking Aspirin, Plavix, or other platelet inhibiting drugs. Ask if it is safe to stop taking these medications seven (7) days prior to surgery. If it is not appropriate for you to stop taking them, continue to take them, but call and let the nurse at the surgery center know.
- When the nurse calls with pre-op instructions, please notify the nurse of any supplements you may be taking.
- ALERT the surgery center call nurse if you are taking MAO inhibitors (Nardil, Parnate). These must be held for fourteen (14) days before surgery.
- Heart, blood pressure, asthma, reflux, and anti-seizure medication should be taken the day of surgery with a sip of water.
- If using an inhaler for asthma or medication for migraines, bring them with you to the center.
- Allergy medication may be taken, if needed, on the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
- If taking anti-anxiety medication, they should be taken on the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
- INSULIN: Contact your primary care physician or endocrinologist for dosing instructions.
If you have questions regarding the information in this packet or your medications, please call (860) 595-3500 ext. 108, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and ask to speak to a nurse.