Sedation or Anesthesia, Adult

Care After

The medicines you received during the procedure or test today can sometimes cause you to be:

  • Confused.

  • Dizzy.

  • Sleepy.

  • Clumsy.


Do not engage in any activity that requires you to be alert or coordinated for the next 24 hours. This includes driving, operating heavy machinery, using power tools, cooking, climbing, or riding a bicycle.

  • No swimming, hot tubs, or baths for the next 24 hours.

  • Stay with family, friends, or a caregiver for the next 24 hours.

  • Do not make any important decisions in the next 24 hours, such as signing contracts, making important commitments, or making expensive purchases.

  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.

  • Avoid solid food if you feel sick to your stomach (have nausea) or if you vomit.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Call your caregiver if you have persistent nausea or if you vomit more than once.

  • If you cannot reach your caregiver, go to or contact the emergency department.


  • You vomit more than once.

  • You have strange or unusual behavior.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have difficulty urinating.

  • You have severe pain.