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Endoscopy Side Effects
What is it like to have an endoscopy? Side effects? Pain? Anything else I should know? It's an upper endoscopy.
Usually: You have mild sedation for the procedure and a numbing spray for the back of your throat. Otherwise you shouldn't feel anything. After, your throat may be a a little sore but you should not have any true pain especially if no biopsies were done. ...Read more
Dear sir, dose upper endoscopy have side effects. That is why some doctor says it has bad effect after 3 or 4 lab of procedure?
EGD side-effects.: Typical side-effects of an upper endoscopy would include sore or scratchy throat as the most common, since the scope can scrape the back of the throat during the procedure. This can be relieved by ice chips afterwards, since they can reduce the swelling in that area. Other less common occurrences include mild to more severe aspiration, especially if there is gastroparesis present. ...Read more
Anesthesia-related,: mostly. but can also cause bleeding or aspiration, potentially even perforation - but those usually ...Read more
I had a negative endoscopy done, but are there any risks or side effects of being on protonix (pantoprazole) long term?
Protonix (pantoprazole) S.E.'s: Protonix (pantoprazole) is a very well tolerated medication, but in the short term it and other proton pump inhibitors can cause a number of dose-dependent side effects including commonly headache and diarrhea. Longer term use carries other consequences (please see my earlier answer on this topic in healthtap) including bone thinning ; risk of infection (like c.Difficile). ...Read more
What is recommended duration for repeating endoscopy in order to monitor esophogitis ? Are there side effects of repeating endoscopy too often?
R/o Barrett's: The repeated EGD schedule for esophagitis to monitor for Barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition. Depending on findings and biopsy results, this should be done anywhere from every 6 months to every 3 years. In experienced hands, this is considered a safe procedure. ...Read more
I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under". What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia. I've never had it.
Quite safe: In the setting of controlled environment, general anesthesia is extremely safe nowadays. Just make sure you go through the screening questions thoroughly with your anesthesiologist, so he/she knows your allergies, medical history, etc. ...Read more
I recently got an endoscopy done. I have minor inflammation in my esophagus and now on Prilosec. It has awful side effects. Other meds beside ppi's?
Yes: You don't mention what side effects you're having from Prilosec. Generally PPI's are safe and well tolerated. If you are not able to take Prilosec, though, there are others that can be tried. If for some reason you're not able to tolerate PPI's in general, there are other medications, such as Zantac, (ranitidine) which can be tried, although they tend to be less effective. Talk to your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
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Lipovite injections: Possible risks include pain at site, infection, bleeding and allergic reactions. Those with heart disease, abnormal heart beat or other heart problems should take special caution when using lipotropics as they can increase heart rate. Always consult a doctor before beginning any weight-loss program. Rare se include inflammatory bowel disease, ibs and GI issues with n/v, diarrhea. ...Read more