It is important to bring your medications when you come into hospital. In general, you should take all your regular medications on the morning of surgery with a small amount of water, but please take note of the following possible exceptions:
i. Diabetic medications: If you are a type 2 diabetic and are on oral tablets (e.g. metformin, gliclazide, glibenclamide etc) then you should not take your normal morning dose.
If you are a type 1 diabetic or a type 2 diabetic requiring insulin injections, then please contact your anaesthetist before your surgery for specific instructions regarding the management of your diabetes.
ii. Anticoagulants - ‘blood thinners’: Anticoagulants (including aspirin) usually need to be ceased prior to surgery. Your surgeon usually provides instructions regarding the time required to stop these medications, prior to your surgery. If you take an anticoagulant, including warfarin, clopidogrel, ticagrelor, dabigatran or rivaroxaban and have not received instructions, please contact your surgeon prior to surgery.
iii. Herbal medications: If you are taking any natural or herbal medications, they should be stopped at least 5 days prior to elective surgery, as some of them can cause problems during your operation.