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Doctor insights on: Medications Ued For Colonoscopy

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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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Upper endoscopy soon. Being tested for h.pylori. Stopped stomach meds 30 days prior. Been taking DGL licorice+slippery elm, will these affect results?

Upper endoscopy soon. Being tested for h.pylori. Stopped stomach meds 30 days prior. Been taking DGL licorice+slippery elm, will these affect results?

Could be since...: licorice extract has been used for treatment of H.pylori-associated peptic ulcer as an alternative to bismuth. Ref: Bahrama, et al, 2013, as found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3818629/ ...Read more

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

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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Will halcion (triazolam) work for insomnia if I have already been on klonopin .5 mg for several years for anxiety?

Will halcion (triazolam) work for insomnia if I have already been on klonopin .5 mg for several years for anxiety?

Different : Both medications are in the same class but otherwise are very different. Halcyon works very fast but gets out just as fast. As a result it is good at getting people to sleep but not at keeping them. If you are used to klonapin then you will likely wake up in middle of night feeling anxious. Also the sudden changes can lead to confusion. 0.5 is small dose so it might not be a big problem. ...Read more

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Can you explain results of a drug screen after stoped for dui all meds tested for were prescribed my doctor?

Can you explain results of a drug screen after stoped for dui all meds tested for were prescribed my doctor?

May not matter: If you were found to be impaired on the basis of a field sobriety test, you still may be charged with driving while impaired. Every pill bottle that has meds that can cause CNS depression, dizziness, incoordination etc. should have a label that says NOT to drive until and unless you know how it effects your body. Sometimes it is not any one of the meds, but the combination that causes impairment. ...Read more

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GP recommended general surgeon for colonoscopy. gastroenterologist have always done before. Since 1998. This is 1yr checkup. Cancer history family. ?

GI: General surgeons do colonoscopies as well. Nothing against them, but if you have been going to see GI all this time, I would stay with them. ...Read more

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Can amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis? Need expert opinions!

Can amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis? Need expert opinions!

IBS: Amitriptyline has strong anti-cholingeric effects and is not recommended particularly someone who has constipating form of IBS. The Amitriptyline would cause the bowels to slow. Why are you taking this medication anyways? Possibly there is better natural alternative. ...Read more

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Prescribed bentyl (dicyclomine) for possible ibs. Before taking medications i've been getting heart/chest flutters. Is this medicine safe to take with these issues?

Prescribed bentyl (dicyclomine) for possible ibs. Before taking medications i've been getting heart/chest flutters. Is this medicine safe to take with these issues?

Use w/ caution: Bentyl (dicyclomine) has palpitations (feeling of heart racing) as one of its side effect, so use with caution. If this occurs after intake, pls call your doctor. ...Read more

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My dad (50) is taking clonazepam 0.5 mg for anxiety for 20 years..Now it's not well effective..Please prescribe any other medicine for him?

Suggestions: Will need to talk to doctor where you are for prescription, but glad to make suggestions. Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine which leads to tolerance meaning dose needs to be increased for ongoing effect. 0.5 mg is a very low dose, but increasing dose is not the answer. Many alternatives: buspirone, paroxetine, citalopram, venlafaxine, duoxetine, just to name a few. ...Read more

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I am currently on 10 different medications for severe major depressive disorder. I have tried several different antidepressants. Would ECT work for me?

I am currently on 10 different medications for severe major depressive disorder. I have tried several different antidepressants. Would ECT work for me?

Polypharmacy?: Ten meds for severe depression is too much and probably making you feel worse. If one doctor is prescribing all ten meds for you at the same time, seek another opinion. You need to pare down the list of meds you're on with a board-certified psychiatrist. I hope this helps. All the best. ...Read more

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Could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Potentially: There is no absolute time limit that can stay on this medication. If you find that it is helping with your ibs symptoms and you don't experience any side effects, your doctor may recommend that you maintain this therapy for the long term. Please note that ibs and colitis are not the same thing. While Amitriptyline has been used with some success in ibs, it does not treat colitis. ...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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Historyof UTI's historically I've been prescribed 100MG niTroflurantoin however I only managed to buy Ciproflaxacin 500M-will this work for my newUTI?

Historyof UTI's historically I've been prescribed 100MG niTroflurantoin however I only managed to buy  Ciproflaxacin 500M-will this work for my newUTI?

Cipro for UTI?: Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of bacterial resistance to agents like Cipro, Bactrim...antibiotics we would traditionally use against urinary tract infections. Nitrofurantoin is usually a better choice in this regard. To know for sure, though, we would really need to review a urine culture with sensitivities to antibiotics assessed. ...Read more

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Why can't percocet be used for depression i have taken about 30-40 different antidepressants from ages11-26 without anysuccess but percocet has worked?

Why can't percocet be used for depression i have taken about 30-40 different antidepressants from ages11-26 without anysuccess but percocet has worked?

Percocet: Percocet is not an antidepressant, it is a narcotic pain reliever. The oxycodone in it can cause an initial mild euphoria, but over the longer term can actually contribute to depression. Your statement that you have tried 30 to 40 different antidepressants seems unusual. Perhaps you should see a psychiatrist who specializes in depression and work out a comprehensive approach. ...Read more

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Pcp prescribed meds &recommended therapy for depression.Meds are working. After 3 sessions, therapist stated i was not ready for therapy sessions?

Pcp prescribed meds &recommended therapy for depression.Meds are working. After 3 sessions, therapist stated i was not ready for therapy sessions?

Therapy: Well. That does not make any sense whatsoever. I would ask the therapist what they mean. If you do not feel safe or listened to you may want to try a different therapist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

AvoidSurgery, likely: end up with more problems: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW. Physical activity & avoiding delays in evacuation (when slightest urge) typically most effective strategies. Agents which bind water, best above ground veggies (trial & error for which & how much daily required) next best. Mental issues (infancy on) always relevant though hidden except via symptoms. Trial of linaclotide might help for symptoms. ...Read more

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Had biopsies taken for possible monilial esophagitis. Flucanazole is usual treatment. It interferes badly with my lexapro (escitalopram) and Valium. Other options?

Had biopsies taken for possible monilial esophagitis. Flucanazole is usual treatment. It interferes badly with my lexapro (escitalopram) and Valium. Other options?

Medication effects: Using Lexapro (escitalopram) with Fluconazole can increase risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious. Fluconazole with Valium may increase risk of dizziness, confusion. Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis of Anxiety or Depression •Severity of both •Need for Lexapro (escitalopram) and Valium if you had Intensive Therapy and Relaxation. •Decreasing the dose of Lexapro (escitalopram), monitor for withdrawal •Same with Valium. ...Read more