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    I am embarrassed to admit that I don't know this, but: When I need to have fasting blood drawn do I take my medication in the morning before the test?

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    What is the blood test checking? What time if your appointment? What are your medications?
    My dh has fasting blood draws on a regular basis... he waits till after the blood test to take his medications with his breakfast...

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    I think it depends on what type of meds they are but I am not certain

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    if itis a oral med, then no, u do not take.... u take the meds when u get home or take with u and take after the blood work........

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    You should really call your clinic or the doctor's office ; to get the right info.

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    We have had several reasons for having blood tests, and each time was told to take the meds. However, we could only take small sips of water only, so difficult to swallow the pills. Always waited after the testing. Made sure the appts were always around 7 or 8 am.

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    Chlestrol(probably spelled that wrong) and blood pressure

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    I think I better call in the morning. Thanks for your quick replies. I knew you folks could help.

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    they always tell me to just do my insulin but not anything with water!

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    Most times you can take your meds before the blood draw. Some meds need food with them, those would wait. (R.N. since 1959)

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    For all of my labs, my Dr said I could take all of my pills with sips of water only, before testing. Just no other beverages or food for 8-10 hrs before. It may vary with indiv. Drs or the meds the patient is on. Play it safe and just ask. I hope all will be just fine with the tests. I get mine done every 6 mos.

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    It depends call your doctor in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    You should really call your clinic or the doctor's office ; to get the right info.
    -Call the Doctor who ordered the labs they'll be your best bet for the answer .--I have to do lab work 2 times a month for one I can not take any medication for the other it does not matter -So double check

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    Yup, I would check if I were you!

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    Check with your doctor. I don't take mine because they're supposed to be taken with food.

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    Ask your doctor. If it's too late to do that, just take your meds with you so you can take them right after the test.

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    Having worked in a medical laboratory for 35 years I can tell you that you can take your medication with water before a fasting test, unless your doctor has specifically told you otherwise. However water is all you can have.

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    Ask the doctor!

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    There is no such thing as a dumb question, just a dumb person who doesn't ask! I normally take my meds after the fasting blood test as it is normally early in the morning, but if in doubt ring up your nurse and ask, she won't mind as she will have been asked the same question 100s of times before :-D

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    You need to contact your doctor. I've been told that if I have meds to take them w/a little water. If you are taking meds that would affect your health without it you should probably be taking it. So, Please talk to your doctor to make sure.

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    I take my meds at night so that's not the issue. I was told that water doesn't affect the fasting tests I take, so I always have some, because it is hard to get a needle in me anyway and being dehydrated makes it worse.

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    Ask doctor.

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    I was told the fasting tests would be better with 12 hours between the last meal and the test. I can drink water and take a snack with me so I'm not too weak afterwards.

    In fact, that's what I'm doing right now, waiting for another quarter hour or so till I can leave for a blood test, the first one since 2005. Finally getting around to having things checked, since I pay every month a bundle to Blue Shield, thought I might get some use from it.

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    call your doctors office the nurse will know.

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    I wait until after my blood test.

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