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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Can i drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Can i drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

Yes, within limits: It should not matter as long as it is moderate use of alcohol. Excessive drinking causes colon cancer, so watch out! ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


Dr. Christine Hom
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Can i drink alcohol today if I'm having a colonoscopy on the 21st of September?

Dr. Christine Hom
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Can i drink alcohol today if I'm having a colonoscopy on the 21st of September?

Yes.: A drink or two should be of no consequence. Were you contemplating a drinking "binge?" ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Steve Martinez
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When is it safe to drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

Dr. Steve Martinez
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When is it safe to drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

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 can make people dehydrated. If you can, wait 24 hours before consuming alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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So is it not safe to drink alcohol even if it is a beer or 2 the same day you have an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy performed? I had sedation today?

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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So is it not safe to drink alcohol even if it is a beer or 2 the same day you have an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy performed? I had sedation today?

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. Using Alcohol with Medications used for sedation can cause more side effects. If you have Alcohol induced Gastritis, Pancreatitis or Hepatitis, please do not use Alcohol. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for alcohol need, judgement and AA meetings. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol ? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking ?

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 arbiter on how long you should be without alcohol before the test is the gastroenterologist who is going to perform the tests. It should be in the instructions you get before the procedure, and if it isn't, you should ask. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristel Hunt
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How many days before a colonoscopy should i stop drinking alcohol? Should i stop just during the bowel prep and the day of the procedure?

Dr. Kristel Hunt
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How many days before a colonoscopy should i stop drinking alcohol? Should i stop just during the bowel prep and the day of the procedure?

Agree with below: not a question that most social-only drinkers would ask. Daily alcohol consumption can make sedating you more difficult as your liver is revved up. Would try to stay away for at least 5-7 days if you're drinking more than 2drinks/day or 14/week. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Can you drink alcohol before a tetanus shot?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can you drink alcohol before a tetanus shot?

YES YOU CAN BUT WHY: Yes drinking alcohol before the Tetanus shot but why do you want to drink alcohol before getting Tetanus Shot It will not change the effectiveness of the vaccine but it does not make sense ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Can you drink alcohol before a blood test?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Not a good idea: Alcohol intake will affect some lab results and may make interpretation of the results problematic. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Neahring
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How many days should you not drink alcohol before a blood panel?

Dr. Mark Neahring
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How many days should you not drink alcohol before a blood panel?
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Is it bad to drink alcohol the night before anesthesia? Is there any interaction?

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Alcohol: Is not advisable to consume alcohol within 24 hours. ...Read more

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