Preparation for your spinal injections

Medications and your procedure

Routine MedicationsTake as normal.
WarfarinStop taking this three days before your procedure. Alert your GP or specialist if this applies to you.
Clopidogrel or PlavixStop taking this ten days before your procedure. Alert your GP or specialist if this applies to you.
Aspirin based medicationStop taking this seven days before your procedure. Alert your GP or specialist if this applies to you.
AllergiesPlease telephone 0844 589 2020 if you think you have an allergy to latex or any medication.

Eating & drinking before your procedure

On the day of your procedure, nil by mouth (fast from food) six hours prior to your procedure. You may drink clear fluids (water, tea and coffee without sugar or milk) up to three hours prior to the procedure.

Specific Instructions for Diabetic Patients

Please inform the Ward about your diabetes.

On the morning of your procedure,

    • If you usually test your blood sugar levels, check them in the morning. Your blood sugar levels will be re-checked by the Ward nurses when you arrive.
    • If you are on tablets, do not take your morning dose of tablets. Bring your tablets with you to have after the procedure. Take your tablets as soon as the nursing staff advise you are able to eat and drink safely.
    • If you are on insulin, report to the nursing staff if you have needed glucose before arriving and inform them immediately if you feel ‘hypo’ at any time during your visit. Do not take your morning dose of insulin. Bring your insulin with you to have after the procedure. It can be given as soon as the nursing staff advise that you are able to eat and drink safely.