Surgical Services | Medications

  • STOP the following medications three (3) days prior to surgery: Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), NSAIDS (Aleve, Relafen), & Gout medication (indomethacin, colchicine)
  • Consult your medical doctor or cardiologist if you are taking Aspirin, Plavix, or other anticoagulant 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.
  • Please include any supplements you are taking when giving information on medications you are taking.
  • ALERT the surgery center’s anesthesia department 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.
  • Glucophage/Metformin should be taken no later than 5:00 PM the day before surgery. DO NOT TAKE on the day of surgery.
  • 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 and may also be taken the night before surgery.
  • 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 860.378.8228, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and ask to speak to a nurse.

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