Medications and Pain Management

Please complete the medication profile form and bring with you the day of your surgery.

List medications you are taking including:

  • Prescription medications
  • Vitamins
  • Dietary supplements, herbal or natural products
  • Over the counter drugs (i.e. Motrin®, antacids, aspirin, etc.)

Please provide the name of the medication, the dose of the medication, and how often you take it. Also, please indicate if you take it on an as needed basis and how often you take it.

Some prescription and non-prescription medications can have unwanted effects when combined with medications or anesthesia you will receive during your hospitalization.

The Pre-Admission Surgical Screening nurse will instruct you on which of your routine medications you will need to discontinue and which you may take the morning of surgery.

Following surgery you will receive pain medication first intravenously and then by mouth. The length of time you will be on pain medication varies considerably from patient to patient.

Constipation is a common side effect of taking narcotic medication.

The following interventions will help relieve constipation:

  • Drink 6 – 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  • Use a high fiber cereal for breakfast.
  • Use a stool softener (Colace®, docusate sodium) 3 times a day. This medicine can be purchased over the counter. It works by bringing an increased amount of fluid into your intestine.

If constipation persists, please notify your doctor for further instruction.