Can I drink some coffee before a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 01/17/2012.
Can I drink coffee on the day of clean-out?

Doctors Answers (2)

Shahram Javaheri, M.D.
Answered on: 1/21/2012

Yes, as long as the coffee is black (no dairy or creamer) and consumed at least 3-4 hours before the procedure. Also, remember to stop drinking all liquids at least 3-4 hours before the procedure since you will likely be getting some form of anesthesia (deeper sedation with propofol or conscious sedation using versed and fentanyl/demerol) and a stomach full of liquid can increase your risk of aspirating the fluid into your lungs resulting in an aspiration pneumonia or a more serious respiratory adverse event. Always ask your gastroenterologist before your procedure since some gastroenterologists may have different preferences for their own patients.

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 1/18/2012

You dont want to eat or drink anything within at least 4 hours of your procedure because of the anesthesia that is used (some experts say 6-8 hours)?