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Prescription medications

Speak to your family doctor/paediatrician, surgeon and anesthesiologist well before your child’s procedure or operation to find out how and when to take prescribed medicines. In most cases, your child should take their medications as prescribed up to, and including, the day of the procedure in order to make sure they stay as healthy as possible during the operation.

There are some medicines that may increase the risk of your child having complications while underAssortment of prescription pills anesthesia. These medicines can include:

  • Insulin for diabetes
  • ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) medicines
  • Blood pressure medicines

Remember that your child can’t have any liquid, including water, three hours before the anesthesia. If your child usually swallows a pill with water, talk to your anesthesiologist about when the pill should be taken.

In order to keep your child safe, you should talk to your anesthesiologist about all medicines your child normally takes.

If you have not been contacted by the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at least two week prior to your procedure, please contact us to talk about your child’s prescription medications.