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Can I take cold medicine just before a colonoscopy

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Kamrava
14 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with the clear flavored gatorade. It may make it easier for you. Usually, each dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Para
29 years experience General Surgery
Generally, no: Anti-diarrheal medication is generally not recommended after colonoscopy. Discuss with your doctor if you continue to have loose stools for >72hrs ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: The effects of the sedation and analgesia should wear off within 2 to 4 hours.
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Yes however..: It is safe to use a Maxalt (rizatriptan) for a serious migraine but be advised you may be more lightheaded than normal because of the suprep. If you n ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Susan Madonna
20 years experience Family Medicine
Aspirin vs APAP: Aspirin is a very special drug that can decrease the clumping of platelets, but this may allow more bleeding. Acetaminophen does not have that effect. ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No meds required: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Try Robitussin-DM cough medicine.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
You can if...: The medication is prescribed by your physician, no previous allergy to vicodin, and the due date is current. You also must to know that you cannot mix ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Nyquil and thryoid: The answer to your question is "yes". Good ahead and take nyquil with no worries.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Carr
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes...: Given your regimen, I am generally aware of your diagnosis--which I won't disclose for privacy concerns. Many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
15 years experience Neurology
No problems: If you had one beer nine hours ago, taking an ibuprofen now is okay. Ibuprofen will not interrupt your sleep.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
OTC: If you have some sensitivity or discomfort following a filling, take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
What are symptoms?: Treatment of viral illnesses is based on the symptoms they cause. Runny / stuffy nose - decongestants, cough - antitussives, nausea / vomiting - anti ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Morris
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Check with GI: If you take it for pain control for another reason then it will not be a problem. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen and Na ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: If you have fever, take some Tylenol (acetaminophen). Things like Nyquil do not do anything to treat the cold. Drink plenty of water and get some rest ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Advil Cold and Sinus: Advil Cold and Sinus contains pseudoephedrine which decreases breast milk supply. Avoid Advil Cold and Sinus while breastfeeding. Also avoid Tylenol ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
No conflict: As far as i know, there is no conflict. Anyone?
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
A couple of hours: There are a variety of different bowel preps, some more aggressive than others. In general, these start to work after a couple of hours. The gatorade/ ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Sudafed: IS A STIMULANT and should not be taken before sleep!! NYQUIL has phenylephrine which is in the SAME family as sudafed (but is less stimulating thus ma ... Read More
A 67-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hector Amaya
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Tylenold and EGD: Normally patient going for egd, have nothing to eat or npo night before in the hospital setting but for the stand point of if the tylenol (acetaminoph ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Better not combine: hold the lorazepam if you want to take any Nyquil preparation or any preparation containing an antihistamine, or search for a cold medicine that doesn ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
Antivirals: If you know that every time you get a cold, you get a cold sore (herpes simplex), it's definitely worth talking to your doctor about having a prescrip ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes, yet patience +: gentle, watch response almost certainly the wisest option. Quick "fixes" are widely marketed and make lots of money for those selling them. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Whipple
20 years experience Interventional Radiology
The : The administration of contrast sometimes produces nausea and vomiting. It is prudent to have an empty stomach, however a pill swallowed with a mouthf ... Read More

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