I've been told I should only take Tylenol before the surgery but I'm in a lot of pain. My surgery is to remove a pituitary tumor that is causing severe pain and nausea. Can I take anything else?
The thing you need to be careful about - and probably the reason they told you to only to take Tylenol - is that certain medications can lead to blood thinning. If you take medications you were told not to take, you will have your surgery cancelled entirely. If you don't admit to taking the medications, you can be on the operating table, and can have the complication of issues with clotting.
No matter what anyone tells you here, it is inadvisable to take any medication other than what your doctor specifically allows. So, if you want to take something for pain, and Tylenol is not sufficient, you need to contact your doctor (or the nurse) to discuss it. Tramadol is the generic for either Ultram or Ultracet. Ultram is just Ultram, but Ultracet is Ultram + what... aspirin? aceptaminophin? I can't remember. Either way, if it's not Tylenol, it's going to affect your blood thinning/clotting.
If you're experiencing severe nausea, ask if there's any possible way to get a short-term prescription for Ondasetrone or Phenergan, the anti-nausea meds.
I'm so sorry you're suffering. :0( Five days is a long time to wait.
Meggie is totally right!
Do NOT take any Meds pre-op than what is approved !
Migraine Meds often have aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant which WILL cause excess bleeding during surgery.
Many times they will have you stop a week ahead of surgery.
Call your doctor for med alternative.
Sorry... but it's really important!
Rbnrthwll seriously you're having a growth from your pituitary glad removed. Right?
Tramadol is similar to an NSAID. I understand your in severe pain however, the side effects from the Tramadol i.e. bleeding out while in surgery are far more serious than the pain.
Do what your doctor said and stick with the Tylenol.
Good luck with your surgery.
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