If you are currently taking blood-thinners or anti-coagulants:
It is generally advisable not to take any anti-coagulants or blood-thinner medications. Stop taking all blood thinners or anti-coagulants 5 days prior to your procedure. Please consult your Doctor to ensure this is appropriate for you.
Please notify our Interventional Radiologist before you start the procedure that you are taking such medications to manage your anticoagulation status.
If you are diabetic:
Do not take morning insulin the day of the procedure.
Do not take oral hypoglycemic medication (diabetes pill) the day of the procedure. Do not take GLUCOPHAGE the day of the procedure. If the procedure includes IV contrast, then do not take Glucophage for 48 hours after the procedure. If you feel that you need an alternative diabetes medication during these days, contact your physician who normally orders your diabetes medication.
*Morning oral medications should be taken with a small amount of water. (except hypoglycemic, Glucophage, blood- thinner and anti-coagulant medications).