Are there medications that you should stop taking before getting a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 06/08/2012.
In general, do you have to stop taking your regular medications before getting a colonoscopy? My husband is worried about stopping his sleeping medication.

Doctors Answers (2)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 6/19/2012

All medications should be discussed with your doctor.

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/13/2012

We recommend that you stop your iron prior to a colonoscopy as it can make it hard to examine the bowel wall during the procedure.? You can be asked to stop any blood thinners also. The sleeping medication should be reported to the Doctor as? a medication taken.