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    Check with Your Doctor About the Medicines You Are Taking

    Ask your surgeon/primary doctor if and when you should stop taking any of your regular medicines including vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and herbal preparations before your surgery, test or procedure.

    Fill New Prescriptions

    Ask if you should fill new prescriptions, including pain medicine, before your surgery, test or procedure.

    Write down a list of your current medicines to review with the nurse on the included form. The nurse will speak with you about the medicines you may need to take with a sip of water on the day of the surgery, test or procedure.

    If you are taking blood-thinning medicines or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, call your surgeon/primary care doctor and ask if and/or when you should stop taking them before your surgery, test or procedure. This will be discussed at your pre-admission appointment.

    These include:
    • Advil (Ibuprofen) • Aspirin • Coumadin (Warfarin) • Motrin (Ibuprofen) • Naprosyn (Naproxen) • Plavix (Clopidogrel)

    If you are taking medicines for diabetes, call your surgeon/primary doctor and ask when you should stop taking these medicines before your surgery, test or procedure. This will also be discussed at your pre-admission appointment.

    These include:
    • Glucophage (Metformin) • Glucotrol (Glipizide) • Micronase (Glyburide)

    If you are taking insulin, ask your surgeon/primary care doctor about the dosage (amount) and type of insulin you should take, or whether NOT to take insulin, before your surgery, test or procedure.

    If you are taking medicines for blood pressure or heart medicines, call your surgeon/primary care doctor and ask when you should stop taking them before your surgery, test or procedure. This will also be discussed at your pre-admission appointment.

    These medicines include ACE receptor blockers and ACE inhibitors:
    • Accupril • Aceon • Altace • Atacand • Avapro • Captopren • Captopril • Cozaar • Diovan • Enapril Maleate • Enaprilat • Fisinopril Sodium • Lisinopril • Lotensin • Mavik • Monopril • Mycardis • Prinivil • Quinapril Hydrochloride • Teveten • Univasc
    • Vasotec • Zestril