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Surgery while taking Verapamil

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So, my cycle ended a few weeks ago. And then on Saturday, I broke my collar bone. Not my summer. Lol

 

I'm waiting for my appt with the specialist (8:30am Friday). Pretty confident surgery is going to be suggested, because of the displacement. 

 

I'm still taking the verapamil, as I typically take it for at least 30 days (up to 60 days) after the end of the cycle. I dropped the dose from 120mg x 3 daily to 80mg x 3 daily, yesterday. Any additional risks during surgery due to the calcium channel blocker? I consulted doctor Google, and didn't see much, other than letting the doctors know any medications that you're taking. I will obviously ask the specialist on Friday, but, if I know of any issues in advance, I might just stop taking it now, so that it's out of my system before whatever surgery date I presumably get. 

 

If there's no harm though; then I will keep taking it just to make sure the cycle doesn't spark back up. 

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I take 120 once a day and just had a hip replacement.  They did not ask me to stop taking it. I took it 2 hours prior to the operation.  Good luck to you. I broke my collarbone in high school and all they did for me was reset it and put me in a brace. 

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It’s ok to be on for surgery.  You do need to let the anesthesiologist know to avoid adverse interactions, most common being heart rhythm disturbances.  They can manage you well.  Let them know about the clusters, they may give you some ketamine.  Request to wake up with high flow O running.  Best to you.

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I have learned that you need to talk to the anesthesiologist prior to surgery. Let them know that you have CH and would appreciate no epinephrine in your meds from them as this can set your head off! They can do this. Also, explain that you need access to O2 at 15lpm minimum - 25lpm is better, with a non-rebreather mask waiting for you when you wake up! I have done this for 3 surgeries last year and every time, it worked! Yes, they should also know about the verap. But, apparently, if you let them now the score, they will help you.

I had 'sedation' for two scopes last year. Well, I got hit from that little cocktail. I was out, but thrashing all over. So, they went to general to finish the procedure. They told my husband it would be 30 minutes or more before I got out of recovery as they went to general to finish. Imagine their surprise when they had to go right back out and tell him I was up and huffing O2 when they returned to recovery in just minutes! I left in less than 10 minutes and with no pain. 

Best of luck with your surgery!!

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