I take Vicodin and need surgery ..just didnt know if this drug will affect the anaesthesia ..please help
7 Dec 2011
It could but all you need to do is make your anesthesiologist aware that you take that medication so he can be prepared. It is doubtful that any truly adverse reactions will occur but if you are opioid tolerant it can cause you to need more anesthetic or it could, on the other hand, make you too sensitive to the anesthesia. Just prepare the anesthesiologist and let him know all the medicines you take, how much of each, and how often that you take them. Be sure to tell them ALL medicines, prescription, OTC, any vitamins, supplements or herbal preparations that you use. Good luck with your surgery and I hope you have a favorable outcome!
8 Dec 2011
Hi Abby24, & welcome to the site. Dzoobaby is right, & believe me they (the nurses) before your surgery will make sure of what you have taken , what you are taking etc... They usually will check with you way ahead of time before the surgery to tell you what meds to take, & what not to take, when you have to stop drinking & eating, & the like. Please try not to be too concerned about these type of problems. They know what they are doing, & will make sure you do the right things. Good luck with your surgery, & please let us know how you do. Will keep you in our thoughts & prayers...
8 Dec 2011
It didn't affect me and I just went through surgery.
I stopped my norco (like vicodin) the day before and took only my necessary meds like thyroid and such. I got extra Norco after my surgery for extra post surgical pain. I didn't realize I needed it, but I did.
You will not be able to eat or drink 12 hrs before surgery. But you can take Vicodin up to the day before surgery. You will have to stop any blood thinners you are on for about a week before surgery. You might want to check your other meds, if you have any, to see if one of their side effects is to thin the blood.
Your doctor will help you with what meds you are on to know what you can take up to the surgery and what you will hold off for about a week after the surgery.
You will receive a lot of instructions so have someone with you to help you by taking notes on do's and don'ts'
My surgery was outpatient. And to reduce infection, they now hand out kits for you to shower with the night before. They give you a 3 min egg timer and a special antiseptic soap like surgeons use to scrub down on and leave on for 3 min the night before. Then do it again the next morning and on top of that, they give this special antiseptic you paint over the area if you can of the surgery. That was a first for me. They just implemented it two days before my surgery.
Think positive for your surgery and if you can get a little exercise in before hand. It helps you recover faster.
8 Dec 2011
It is ok to take vicodin prior to going in to surgery. Just the your anesthetist know... also it is always a good idea to let you anesthetist know that you have been taking opiates for some time... this way if for some reason they needed to reverse the effects of the narcotics given in surgery they would know for naloxone (Narcan) which is used for reversal will reverse everything and you could go into immediate WD. As long as u follow all the rules... ESPECIALLY the no eating or drinking you will do just fine... good luck...
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