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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.

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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.

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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:)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.