Issues for Surgery

Potential increased absorption of dietary cholesterol if omitted.

Combination product containing simvastatin – increased risk of myocardial infarction if omitted (see Statins monograph).

Combination product containing simvastatin – risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis if continued (see Statins monograph).

  Advice in the Perioperative period

Elective and Emergency Surgery

Continue – including the following combination product: -

Post-operative Advice

Restart post-operatively as soon as next dose is due.

  Interaction(s) with Common Anaesthetic Agents

None1, 2, 3, 4.

  Interaction(s) with other Common Medicines used in the Perioperative Period

None1, 2, 3, 4.

  Further Information

None relevant.



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