Gastro Procedure FAQs

For a colonoscopy prep, how long does it take the laxative to work? 

What if I have nausea or vomiting with the colonoscopy prep?

What if I inadvertently took aspirin or NSAIDs (motrin, ibuprofen, naprosyn, aleve)?

What if I have a viral infection, urinary tract infection, or menstrual period?

Can I use the “pill” colonoscopy prep?

After a procedure can I go home by myself?

When will I be able to resume normal activity after the procedure?

When will I be able to return to work after the procedure? 

What medication is used for sedation during the procedure?

Will I meet the physician doing the procedure prior to the procedure?

What time should I arrive for my procedure?

 

For a colonoscopy prep, how long does it take the laxative to work?

  • This varies anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours after taking the laxative. Do not be alarmed if you have not noticed any response to the laxative after several hours.

What if I have nausea or vomiting with the colonoscopy prep?

  • You may chill the prep in the refrigerator or put it on ice. You may dilute the prep in juice, ginger ale, or lemonade, for example. Drink slowly over 45 minutes.

What if I inadvertently took aspirin or NSAIDs (motrin, ibuprofen,
naprosyn, aleve)?

  • This is usually OK but please call the office to discuss this with the physician doing the procedure.

What if I have a viral infection, urinary tract infection, or menstrual
period?

  • These issues will not interfere with the colonoscopy or other procedure.

Can I use the “pill” colonoscopy prep?

  • The visicol or other pill preps are phosphate based preps similar to osmoprep or Fleet phosphosoda. We have moved away from using these preps because of the increasing reports of chronic kidney problems associated with these bowel preps.

After a procedure can I go home by myself?

  • NO. If you receive any amount of sedation medication you will need a family member or friend to take you home. You may not drive, take public transportion, or a taxi alone after the procedure.

When will I be able to resume normal activity after the procedure?

  • Usually by the next day.

When will I be able to return to work after the procedure?

  • By the next day after the procedure.

What medication is used for sedation during the procedure?

  • We use a combination of two drugs which are rapidly acting intravenous sedatives.

Will I meet the physician doing the procedure prior to the procedure?

  • Yes. If you have not met the physician in the office, you will meet the physician in the endoscopy unit prior to the procedure.

What time should I arrive for my procedure?

  • You should arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled procedure start time. Please report to the Maureen Egan Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit located in the Surgical Center building on the first floor. The unit is easily accessed via the surgical center entrance (East entrance) at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.