If you take any of these medications, discuss with your provider one week before your scheduled colonoscopy. Some of these medications may need to be stopped or their dosages adjusted prior to your colonoscopy and during your bowel preparation. You should STOP taking fiber supplements and fish oil 2-3 days before your scheduled colonoscopy.
1. Anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, and Naproxen.
2. Antiplatelet medications like aspirin, Clopidrogel (Plavix), Ticlopidine (Ticlid), Prasugrel (Effient), Ticagrelor (Brillinta), Dipyridamole (Persantine), Aggrenox (dipyridamole plus aspirin), Abciximab (ReoPro)
3. Anticoagulants like Coumadin or Warfarin, Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Apixaban (Eliquis), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Bivalirudin (Angiomax), Argatroban, Enoxaprin (Lovenox), Dalteparin (Fragmin), Tinzaparin (Innoprin), Fondaparinux (Arixtra).
4. Hypoglycemic agents like insulin, metformin, glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride, acarbose, miglitol, voglibose, Pioglitazone (Actos), Rosiglitazone (Avandia), Exenatide (Byetta), Liraglutide (Victoza), sitagliptin (Januvia).
5. Seizure medications like Phenytoin (Dilantin), Levetiracetam (Keppra), Lamotrigine (Lamictal), Divalproex (Depakote), Carbamazepine (Tegretol).
In general, your provider should be aware of all your medications before your colonoscopy.