Surgery in less than a week. Anti-anxiety medication?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
989 posts
Busy bee

@Sb91:  I don’t know that taking anti anxiety meds before your procedure would be a good idea – it could react with the anaesthetic. You could always call and ask. The last couple of procedures I’ve had, I was given an IV pre-op sedative, and it was awesome. I remember thinking ‘this isn’t working’ then suddenly, the clock on the wall was the funniest thing I’d ever seen! I’m pretty sure that I was asleep before I even got into the theatre (either that or I don’t remember!).

Don’t be ashamed of calling to ask the question – I’m sure plenty of other patients feel the same way you do – there’s no shame in asking for help.

Good luck with your procedure, I hope it all goes well 🙂

Post # 5
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Sb91:  I agree- they might give you a drwsy pill to relax you before you go to sleep (assuming you go to sleep for this surgery– )– I don’t know how major of a surgery this is.  I do know that all surgeries are scary to a degree though.  The last time I had surgery- I dont’ think they gave me anything before, but they kept me comfy with warm blankets before being taken back for surgery, and it really helped.


In the meantime- before you talk to a DR, eat some bananas!!

Post # 6
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah, I had outpatient surgery a few months ago and they were very firm that you cannot take any sort of medication for I think it was either 12 or 24 hours before the surgery. I wasn’t even allowed to take my iron pill! However, if you find you’re having a lot of anxiety NOW, I think most doctors would be willing to give you a small prescription to get through the week. They do it for people with a fear of flying, and this is no different. 

Post # 7
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014
Post # 8
6963 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just give your doctor a call. It’s not an uncommon request. They do usually give you something to relax right before surgery too.

Post # 9
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Just give your dr a call. They should be willing to work with you and get you SOMETHING to ease your mind. They will know not to give you anything that will interact badly with the anaesthetic. Even just some benadryl might help do the trick (but obviously, ask before taking it)

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