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Are there certain medications I should stop taking before my colonoscopy?

Are there certain medications I should stop taking before my colonoscopy?

Possibly: In general, we will want you to continue taking all of your usual medications prior to your colonoscopy, even the morning of the procedure. However, some medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-platelet agents and warfarin will increase the risk if bleeding if polyps are removed. Depending why you are taking any of these medications, your endoscopist may want you to stop them. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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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


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What medication is given before a colonoscopy?

What medication is given before a colonoscopy?

Liquid: Usually a powder mixed in liquid like GoLytely or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) sometimes with tablets added like dulcolax. The amount of liquid is substantial, like 48oz. ...Read more

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Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Why do u have to stop diary products a few days before a colonoscopy?

Clear liquids: Are recommended for the colonoscopy prep in order to optimize visualization. If the bowel secretions are cloudy from milk proteins it is more difficult to clear the area completely and have an optimal view of the bowel lining through the scope. Following the prep instructions exactly gives you the best chance of having the most accurate examination. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Could I undergo colonoscopy though on medication for seizures?

Yes: Colonoscopy is an important medical condition that saves many lives. People with seizures who take anti seizure medicine can undergo colonoscopy. Make sure your doctor knows all the medications you take. You should not miss any of your anti seizure medications the night before or the day of your procedure, even if you have been told not to take anything by mouth. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy today at 1. It's now 11 and I'm having dhiarrhea and cramping. When should that stop?

I had a colonoscopy today at 1. It's now 11 and I'm having dhiarrhea and cramping. When should that stop?

A day or two: It's not unusual to have some bowel irregularities for a couple of days following colonoscopy. Your large intestine was just as close to being empty as it has pretty much ever been so it takes a bit of time for it to reestablish that regular function. Don't know if there is scientific evidence to support, but probiotics (from pills or foods) might help restore regular bowel movements. ...Read more

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When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

When is it safe to stop getting routine colonoscopies?

Unknown: If patient is old enough to prevent cancer and comorbidities risk do not outweigh benefit than continue into the 80 year old range. If you find it ok for an 85 or 90 year old to get colorectal cancer which is preventable than stop at 80. ...Read more

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What is the drug doctors used on me that makes me forget things. After colonoscopy.

What is the drug doctors used on me that makes me forget things. After colonoscopy.

Probably...: ...Versed, but for a truly accurate answer, call your doctor's office and ask the nurse to read you what sedation was provided. ...Read more

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Are there medications injected into the intestine during a colonoscopy?

Are there medications injected into the intestine during a colonoscopy?

Usually not: If there is any bleeding during resection of polyp, Epinephrine may be injected to control bleeding. Sometimes india ink or saline injection are used to mark the area or to lift polyps. ...Read more

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Friend rx'd "Suprep" for colonoscopy in 3 full doses am/pm/am. Drug instructions are TWO doses which worked 4 me. I'm worried about this off label rx?

Go with instructions: Best to go with the instructions from your doctors office, or with something that has worked for you in the past. If you have a question about it, ask the pharmacist to look in to the matter. They will help you sort it out. You can always call the doctors office to make sure the instructions are intentional as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What kind of anesthetic is given for colonoscopies and endoscopies? Gas or a drug or something else?

What kind of anesthetic is given for colonoscopies and endoscopies? Gas or a drug or something else?

Avoid confusion: If we answer - even w/ good reason to believe what we say - and the service you use has another policy, you'll be unnecessarily confused and therefore..... The best thing is to ask them what they usually do and if they allow options. Also, use that opportunity to ask any other? 's you have. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I get diarrhea to stop one day after colonoscopy?

It must have by now: Otherwise send us an update of this problem now, so that we can deal with the present situation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom is having a colonoscopy tomorrow and is sick from her medication?

Do the test: The colonoscopy should be performed. If the meds make her sick stay on a liquid diet and clean the bowel with a Fleets enema. The purpose of the meds are only to improve the cleanliness of the colon at the time it is being examined with the scope. ...Read more

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Is versed a dangerous drug for colonoscopy? What are the side effects?

Is versed a dangerous drug for colonoscopy? What are the side effects?

Versed: It can usually be used safely. There is a drug that can rapidly reverse it's effects. Although the incidence of respiratory depression/arrest is low (0.1-0.5%) when Midazolam is administered alone at normal doses, [47][48] the concomitant use with CNS acting drugs, mainly analgesic opiates, may increase the possibility of hypotension, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest. Www. Wikipedia. Com. ...Read more

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Infectious colitis...Is a colonoscopy needed or can medications/diets cure it.?

CAUSE?: Do you know the cause of the infection?
If you know the cause of the infection- you might be able to just treat it. If you don't know the cause, doing a colonoscopy might be helpful to get tissue samples and get further evaluations under the microscope. For example, if its a virus- the particular virus might help determine a tailored treatment. How do you know its INFECTIOUS? ...Read more

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Have chronic lazy bowel for 10 months. Colonoscopy was clear. What medications could be useful?

Constipation.: You have chronic constipation due to several reasons. Make sure you are not overdose on narcotics or any medications that has side effects of constipation. You can try citrucel or fibercon (these are fiber supplements) and drink adequate amt of water. If this doesn't help, try MiraLAX (otc, one tablespoon in 8 oz of water daily or bid). If no improve, see your GI doc. Others: amitiza, (lubiprostone) linzess. ...Read more

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Three spleens, Pain in left side, Bowels hard then loose, Getting a colonoscopy in 3 months, taking a lot of pain medication - what could be wrong?

Three spleens, Pain in left side, Bowels hard then loose, Getting a colonoscopy in 3 months, taking a lot of pain medication - what could be wrong?

Inflammation?: You may be having inflammatory bowel disease. 3 months is probably too long to wait. Consult with your primary care dr or gastroenterologist sooner for an interim management until you fet your colonoscopy and definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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Can sedation medication for a colonoscopy cause a migraine? If so is there any way to prevent it from happening?

Migraines: Typically patient's receiving sedation for colonoscopy receive either Midazolam (versed), fentanyl (sublimaze), or Propofol (diprivan) or a combination of the above. I am not aware of these medications typically precipitating migraines but the trigger's for migraines are multiple and could easily include not eating prior to your procedure or mild dehydration. ...Read more

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Do I have to stop smoking before an endoscopy/colonoscopy?

Do I have to stop smoking before an endoscopy/colonoscopy?

You should quit.: You don't have to quit in order to have the procedure. But truthfully you should try to quit smoking as it is very unhealthy and is the number one preventable cause of death in the developed world. Especially someone like you, who is having endoscopy, that means you are at even greater risk of developing esophageal cancer. If you are interested, ask your doc about medical ways to help you quit. ...Read more

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Why did my colonoscopy end up being very painful. My doctor had to stop half way. I'm 19 male and a ectomorph?

Anatomy: Thin people have little internal fat; bowel can get bunched up in the pelvis. Some people have lots of loops amd turns in the bowel-more of a challenge. Some people have internal scars (adhesions)-harder to get around. Some have inflammation. Some are resistant to meds. Some docs have a heavy hand. ...Read more

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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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There is mucus in my stool and it hasn't gone since two weeks. I'm under medication but the doctor wants to do a colonoscopy on me. I'm 19 n scared?

Sounds appropriate: Your doctor's decision is a good one. Understand how you could be anxious about undergoing this procedure, but generally it is done under sedation so that you are not likely to remember what took place. As for the results, it is better to know what you are dealing with than to go on medications without a specific diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I had my last colonoscopy, and taking fossamax, my gastro dr. Said I would have to take Prilosec forever. I have stopped fossam. Can I stop pril?

When I had my last colonoscopy, and taking fossamax, my gastro dr. Said I would have to take Prilosec forever. I have stopped fossam. Can I stop pril?

Fosomax: Unrelated to a colonoscopy. Unclear why those two medications would be used together. Unrelated likely. Speak to your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I'm doing a colonoscopy prep. I have fibromyalgia and it's flared up as well as having a migraine. I have medication for both but I don't know if I can?

I'm doing a colonoscopy prep. I have fibromyalgia and it's flared up as well as having a migraine. I have medication for both but I don't know if I can?

Can what?: Do you mean you don't know if you can take the colonoscopy prep? If you're feeling too ill from fibromyalgia or migraine, call GI doctor to discuss and re-schedule colonoscopy when you feel better. But be sure to have it done soon. It may save your life. ...Read more

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Doctor took biopsy on multiple sites during colonoscopy due to inflammation. Said it may be due to prep. Is she being kind to stop me worrying?

Doctor took biopsy on multiple sites during colonoscopy due to inflammation. Said it may be due to prep. Is she being kind to stop me worrying?

It is possible: Some types of bowel preps can certainly cause some nonspecific irritation of the colon lining. The biopsies would be appropriate to confirm this. ...Read more

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If I did one bottle of Suprep for my colonoscopy and things are running completely clear and resemble urine, can I stop drinking this nasty drink?

If I did one bottle of Suprep for my colonoscopy and things are running completely clear and resemble urine, can I stop drinking this nasty drink?

Absolutely not!: Finish your colon prep, as per provided instructions. If the prep is inadequate, your colonoscopy will be too, and you'll be invited back with a bigger prep to try again. ...Read more

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I am preparing for colonoscopy in 4 days. Should I stop intravenous infusions of iron and vitamin b12?

I am preparing for colonoscopy in 4 days. Should I stop intravenous infusions of iron and vitamin b12?

Consult doctor: Intravenous infusions of iron and B12 are not usual treatments. You should consult the doctor who prescribed this treatment. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy & endoscopy fri. I have been drinking aloe gel for my esophagus. Should I stop drinking it & when?

I am having a colonoscopy & endoscopy fri. I have been drinking aloe gel for my esophagus. Should I stop drinking it & when?

Stop right now pls: Aloe is commonly recommended for worm infestation, stomach disorders, colic, constipation, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, menstrual complaints, skin disorders. However, aloe is contraindicated in cases of intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, & unexplained abdominal pain. Always weigh all pros and cons of any product (prescription or herbal) before ingestion please. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

I had a colonoscopy yesterday how long before I can stop worrying about complications? Bowel perforation bleeding infection......etc

Stop today: I it was a simple diagnostic study, and you feel fine, you can rest assured that your ok. Even it they performed a biopsy, chances are you'll be just fine. You can't do anything about it anyway, and off you had sifnificant bleeding, you would see blood in the stool. Call your doctor if this happens. Hope this helps! ...Read more