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Alcovy Gastroenterology Associates, LLC

Steven Ellison, MD, FACP, FASGE, FACG

Important prior to procedure instructions Medications: In general, all medications should be continued in routine dosage

except medications that affect blood clotting. If you are on any sort of blood thinners your physician should approve you to stop the medicine. The following medications that will require some guidance: Stop Coumadin (Warfarin) 4 days prior to your procedure. Contact the physician that prescribes this medication for their approval. Please make sure the physician that will perform the colonoscopy is aware of this medication. Stop Plavix (Clopidogrel) 7 days prior to your procedure. Do not stop Plavix if you had a coronary stent placed without first consulting your cardiologist. Do not take any Aspirin or antiinflammatory medication (ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, naproxen, Aleve) the day of the procedure. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is permitted. If you are a Diabetic, do not take you oral diabetes medications the day of your procedure. Bring them with you so that you can take them after your procedure. If you are Diabetic and take insulin, take half of your morning dose the day of the procedure. Do not take any insulin the morning of the procedure. Stop Iron tablets (Ferrous Sulfate) 7 days before your procedure.

Final Instructions:

The exam has the best results if the instructions are followed exactly. If you use CPAP machine at night, please bring it with you. Bring a list of your current medications, too.

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