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Im going in for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning and theyre

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I'm going in for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning and they're going to give me anesthesia. I'm currently prescribed Xanax 1 mg. Is it safe to take 1 mg prior to coming in for the colonoscopy. Didn't have enough time to ask the doc.
Hello,

Xanax is prescribed so that you are relaxed and decrease your anxiety when you go in for the procedure.

It is safe to take 1 mg of Xanax before a colonoscopy.

You will probably be given a mild intravenous sedative before the procedure to decrease the pain level.

You can read more on what to expect at a Colonoscopy here :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colonoscopy/CO00009

I hope this answer helps you.

Kindest Regards,

Dr.Joshi



I would respectfully XXXXX XXXXX the answer provided by the other expert.

Standard medical practice is for the patient NOT to take most medications the morning of surgery or any procedure that involves IV sedation (such as a colonoscopy)

There is risk of a serious interaction between the Xanax and any sedative medication given during the procedure.

YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE THE MEDICATION THE MORNING OF YOUR PROCEDURE WITHOUT SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DOCTOR WHO WILL BE DOING THE PROCEDURE.
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I agree with family physician. You should not take any medications prior to the endoscopy. The stomach should be empty and also the sedatives may have an additive with the medications that you will receive durrng endoscopy.

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