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can you drink alcohol the night before a colonoscopy

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Alcohol is toxic to living tissues (we humans happen to be a complex glob of living tissues), so avoid "moderate drinking." Moderate drinking is too m ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes, within limits: It should not matter as long as it is moderate use of alcohol. Excessive drinking causes colon cancer, so watch out!
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience Pediatrics
Yes.: A drink or two should be of no consequence. Were you contemplating a drinking "binge?"
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience Breast Surgery
Wait a day: Most people have some level of sedation with their colonoscopy and it would not be ideal to mix alcohol with these medications. The bowel prep also c ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Krishna Kumar
54 years experience Psychiatry
Alcohol Abuse: Your Health is Precious! It is not clear if you gave history of Alcohol use to Gastro-entomologist and discussed need for endoscopy and colonoscopy. ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Ask your doctor: You certainly need to avoid it after midnight the night before the procedure, since you will likely have sedation with these tests, but the final arbi ... Read More
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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience Pain Management
No: A colonoscopy will not disclose that - but you should be honest with the anesthesiologist - certain drugs could alter your anesthetic
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Am concerned about: anybody who asks about whether they can or cannot drink with some procedure or with drug X, because that is a red flag that drinking alcohol is too im ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It should: Not.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Yes bad idea: You should not drink alcohol before surgery. It is advisable not to drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery. This is because alcohol stays ... Read More

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