Medications for Surgery

Medications differ from patient to patient because of:

  • Medical History
  • Type of Surgery each person is having
  • Whether or not Anesthesia will be given
  • Any additional health problems you have

Most medications should be taken on the patient’s usual schedule the day before the scheduled procedure. We recommend that patients not take most oral medications within 8 hours of their scheduled arrival time, because many medications can cause stomach irritation or nausea if taken without food. Many medications are available in IV form, and can be given during or after anesthesia when necessary.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated most over-the-counter (OTC) drugs—that is, drugs available without a prescription—through the OTC monograph process. FDA has described an OTC monograph as a "rulebook" for marketing safe and effective OTC drugs, such as aspirin, cough and cold medicine, and hand sanitizer. OTC monographs established conditions—such as active ingredients, indications for use, dosage forms, and product labeling—under which an OTC drug was generally recognized as safe and effective.



  • Track 1-1 Therapeutics-Surgical Therapy
  • Track 2-2 Antihypertensive medications
  • Track 3-3 Anticoagulants and antiplatelet therapy
  • Track 4-4 Pain medications
  • Track 5-5 Anesthesia
  • Track 6-6 Antibiotics
  • Track 7-7 Analgesics
  • Track 8-8 Anticoagulants
  • Track 9-9 Drug Applications in Surgery
  • Track 10-10 Counter drugs
  • Track 11-11 Regulation of Most OTC Medicines(FDA)

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