UK Clinical Pharmacy Association


Issues for surgery

Risk of worsening angina if omitted.

Risk of gastrointestinal (GI) side effects if continued.

Advice in the perioperative period

Elective and emergency surgery 


Post-operative advice

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

Interactions with common anaesthetic agents


Interactions with other common medicines used in the perioperative period

Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects

Concomitant use of nicorandil and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids may increase the risk of GI ulceration, perforation and haemorrhage – caution is advised with concurrent use and monitor for adverse GI effects. Particular care should be taken in patients taking other drugs known to have adverse GI effects i.e. selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Further information

None relevant.


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