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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 ?

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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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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?

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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When is it safe to drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

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. Sewa Legha
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Can i drink alcohol after a colonoscopy?

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. Stevan Cordas
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I stopped drinking a couple of months ago got to have a hair strand test will it show up previous alcohol consumption?

I stopped drinking a couple of months ago got to have a hair strand test will it show up previous alcohol consumption?

Alcohol and hair: http://www.soht.org/pdf/proposal+for+alcohol+markers+_rome+and+sevilla_.pdf this is the latest recommendation from the hair experts. ...Read more

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Dr. Miguel Attias
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Severe shoulder pain with alcohol consumption? I always get severe shoulder pain after drinking alcohol.. What could it be?

Severe shoulder pain with alcohol consumption? I always get severe shoulder pain after drinking alcohol.. What could it be?

An alcohol problem?: No clue, but go get your shoulder and liver checked by a doctor and don't drink alcohol until then! pain of hepatic/ intraabdominal origin can sometimes cause pain referred to the right shoulder...... ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Ament
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I just started Lexapro and Ativan and neither label said anything about alcohol consumption, would drinking be safe?

I just started Lexapro and Ativan and neither label said anything about alcohol consumption, would drinking be safe?

How much?: The effects of alcohol mixed with meds are usually additive. Depending on the individual's biodhemistry drinking might be safe - but you would need to be careful about quantity. Think about dirnking - but less. If you or family members have drinking problems, then drinking at all is a gamble. ...Read more

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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
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Alcohol consumption with the kidney disease, nephrocalsinosis... Casual drinking okay? Not okay?

Alcohol consumption with the kidney disease, nephrocalsinosis... Casual drinking okay? Not okay?

Avoid alcoholic beve: My friend .I think you must avoid to drink alcoholic beverages and is much better for you situation and kidney diseases. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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What's the effect of alcohol consumption at 34 weeks? Thought I was drinking alcohol-less punch but later was told that it had alcohol (white wine).

What's the effect of alcohol consumption at 34 weeks? Thought I was drinking alcohol-less punch but later was told that it had alcohol (white wine).

I wouldn't worry: One occasion of a small amount of alcohol is not likely to cause you or your baby any harm. It is regular use of alcohol. particularly in large amounts, that cause problems. ...Read more

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