What about my normal medication?
You should have your normal medications at the normal time on the day of the examination. Iron and aspirin should not be taken for 4 days prior to the procedure. The effect of the oral contraceptive pill may be lost because of the bowel preparation and colonoscopy and alternative contraception should be used for 10 days.
If you are on blood thinning drugs then they will need to cease prior to the procedure. This should be discussed with the endoscopist.
This list is an example of some of the medications need to be ceased well before your colonoscopy:
Are there Complications?
The risk of complications from colonoscopy is small and is approximately 1:2000. The type of problem which can occur may include bleeding and/or damage from or to the wall of the bowel with or without polypectomy. It is possible that such a complication could require surgical treatment.
If you are intending travelling outside Australia within 2 weeks of a colonoscopy, which could involve a polypectomy or having elastic band ligation of haemorrhoids, then it should be done no closer than 2 weeks prior to departure because of the small chance of late bleeding.
How do I prepare myself for colonoscopy?
For a successful colonoscopy, it is important that the bowel be thoroughly clean so that the lining is clearly seen. If you are not honest with yourself and do not follow preparation guidelines your bowel may not be totally clean, the colonoscopy would have to be postponed and the preparation would have to be repeated. The preparations available are: