Medications and colonoscopy prep

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   Posted 2/6/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having a colonoscopy/EGD back-to-back on Monday, and even though I've had both procedures a few times before, I cannot for the life of me remember if I'm allowed to take medications the day before. Help?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Zofran, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Metoclopramide, Omeprazole, Hyoscyamine

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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Obviously I would ask your dr, but if it were me I would continue to take your medications as prescribed.  The reason you do the prep for the colonoscopy is to clear the intestines of stool so they can get a better look at the walls of your intestines & colon, etc.  Your RX may not even be properly absorbed if you are taking all the laxatives but I would keep taking them until you talk to your GI.
32 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
Currently on Remicade, trying to remember to take Multivitamin and Calcium, need to start taking Probiotics and Omega 3-6-9 and Vitamin D

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   Posted 2/7/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always been told I could take my meds but with only a sip of water. Which I have never had a problem doing:) I am the pill taking queen I think.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 2/8/2010 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always taken meds the day before and the morning of a colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy. The worst that could happen is the prep moves them out of your system before they are absorbed. If you're not sure about taking meds the morning of the test, you could always bring them with you and take them when you wake up.

Good luck! I hope things go well!

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin

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   Posted 2/8/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi yes you should take all your meds before colonoscopy. I always did before test.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I just did the same thing and was told to take my meds
Still trying to figure this all out

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