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How many hours before colonoscopy can I eat

A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 22 years experience
See your doctor: Eric, this sounds like gastritis, or stomach inflammation. It usually gets worse after you eat. See your doctor. They can prescribe medications. If th... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
Clear liquids only: You need your bowel free of any residue which means not eating any regular food for 24 hours before the colonoscopy. You can only have clear liquids w... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Your own health care providers almost always should have priority over web searching or online advice. If the nurse for the procedure or in your colon... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Yes: colonoscopy is there to examine the colon, one that has been cleaned out by oral meds such as GoLYTLY. This usually cleans out most of the bowel but ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 33 years experience
Nothing to gassy: Since most people are a little bloated after a colonoscopy, i tend to recommend foods that are not too gassy right after a colonoscopy. Otherwise, eat... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes, if...: If a person enjoyed tofu without problems in the past, then she can have tofu the day before her colonoscopy... As long as she drinks the prep drink a... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: No, when they tell you nothing by mouth for your procedure, they mean nothing. If you expect to get sedation for your procedure then your stomach nee... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Within an hour: Usually you can have fluids in recovery and should be able to eat abreakfast within 2 to 3 hours. This depends on how you feel and if you have any na... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
No restrictions: Once your colonoscopy is completed, you should be allowed to resume a normal diet as soon as you are awake.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine 29 years experience
No: No- for 2 reasons-1/ it can make visualization more difficult, 2/ you will be sedated, and do not want to run the risk of aspirating food into your lu... Read More
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