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|All About Anesthesia|
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What is anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a safe and effective means of alleviating pain during nearly every type of medical procedure. There are three basic types:
Anesthesia is highly specialized to each patient’s needs. Before surgery, your doctor and CRNA need to know all the prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs you are taking to determine that the drugs used during your surgery will not have any unexpected side effects.
You will also be asked a number of very detailed and personal questions about your health, your surgery and your lifestyle.
Whether you are having major surgery or an outpatient procedure, planning ahead can help speed your recovery.
Before you leave home:
Part of ease of recovery is knowing what to expect after the surgery. Be sure you ask you doctor or nurse anesthetist:
Before surgery, your doctor and CRNA need to know all the prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs you are taking so they can make sure that the drugs used during your surgery will not have any unexpected side effects.
Before taking any new drug or medication be sure to discuss it with your doctor or with a CRNA to make sure that it will not interact with another drug you are currently taking.
Your CRNA, doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you what kinds of side effects to expect with any drug.
Follow the instructions precisely and finish all medications.
If you experience severe or different side effects, call your doctor immediately.
Drugs, both prescription and over the counter, can cause adverse reactions if they are combined with certain food, drinks, or other drugs.
Check out the following list for some of the more common risks:
The following drugs may strengthen the effect of blood thinners, causing excessive bleeding:
The following drugs and foods may weaken the effect of blood thinners:
Decongestants (such as Sudafed) taken with antidepressants such as Luvox, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft can cause anxiety.
Foods such as aged cheeses and cured meats (sausage, pepperoni and salami) contain tyramine. Tyramine can cause blood pressure to rise dramatically when taken with certain antidepressants.
Food has been shown to adversely affect the active drugs in some bronchodilators. It is important to check with your pharmacist about which form you are taking since food can have different effects depending on the dose form.
Caffeine can cause anxiety when taken with bronchodilators.
Some antibiotics have been shown to decrease the effect of oral contraceptives.
The following foods can cause potassium buildup when taken with certain diuretics: bananas, green leafy vegetables, and oranges.
Grapefruit and its juice have been shown to interfere with the proper absorption of most medications.
Iron can interfere with the absorption of some drugs.
Spinach can interfere with the absorption of calcium.
Certain antibiotics, oral contraceptives and menopause drugs can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.