Medication Instructions for GI Procedures

Medications taken for the following conditions should be continued as usual on the day of your procedure. (To be taken with a small amount of water prior to arriving):

Heart problems Blood Pressure
Thyroid disorder Female Hormones
Thyroid disorder Depression or anxiety
Asthma/emphysema Stomach ulcer or excess acid

 

Special instructions for the following medications:

Diabetic Pills (for colonoscopy):

  • On the day prior to your test, in the morning, take your usual diabetes pill. Skip any diabetes pill in the evening before your Colonoscopy. In the morning of your Colonoscopy, do not take your diabetes pill at all.  Your blood sugar will run a little high that day, but that is okay.  It is better for it to be too high than too low.
     

Diabetic Pills (for upper endoscopy and all other procedures):

  • Take your usual diabetes pill dosage on the day before the test. In the morning of your procedure, do not take you diabetes pill at all.  Your blood sugar will run a little high that day, but it is better to be too high than too low.
     

Insulin (for colonoscopy):

  • On the evening before your procedure: Use only long acting Insulin ½ your usual dose.  You will not use short acting Insulin.
  • On the morning of your procedure: Use only long acting Insulin ½ your usual dose.  You will not use short acting Insulin.

    If you use a pre mixed Insulin (long and short) or are on an Insulin pump, please contact your prescribing physician for instruction.

Insulin (for upper endoscopy and all other procedures):

  • On the morning of your procedure: Use only long acting Insulin ½ your usual dose.  You will not use short acting Insulin.

    If you use a pre mixed Insulin (long and short) or are on an Insulin pump, please contact your prescribing physician for instruction.

Seizure Medications (for colonoscopy only):

  • If you are taking seizure medications for a seizure disorder, please contact your prescribing physician regarding changes in timing of medication. The bowel prep you will be drinking may flush out your medication prior to it taking full effect.
  • If you are taking seizure medications for anything other than a seizure disorder you may continue this medication as prescribed.


Blood Thinners and Anti-platelets:  

  • If you are taking a blood thinner or anti-platelet such as, but not limited to; Coumadin, Eliquis, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Plavix, Effient, Brilinta; please contact our office for your individualized instructions.

 

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