Module 1. Understanding and Preparing for Colonoscopy
What medications should I continue or stop taking before a colonoscopy?
In this video, Dr. Gelrud and Dr. Echavarria explain which medications should be continued, which ones should be adjusted in dosage, and which ones should be stopped before your colonoscopy. Be sure to tell your doctor well ahead of your colonoscopy about any regularly prescribed medications you are taking and any health conditions or allergies, as this information needs to be shared when you are booking your procedure. It is very important that you talk about this early and not the day before or the day of your procedure. Some medications may need to be adjusted prior to your colonoscopy, such as insulin, heart medications, or blood thinners. For your individual case, you should ask your doctor if you should continue with, adjust, or stop these medications.
This educational activity has been developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc. in collaboration with the WipeDiseases Foundation.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boston Scientific and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
This activity is endorsed by Colon Cancer Coalition.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.