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How soon after endoscopy can I eat?

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My GI is doing an endoscopy along with my every-10-year colonoscopy because some of my antibody levels are still elevated.  How soon after the endoscopy can I eat?  I need to take some medication that day and am trying to decide if I will take it with water an hour before my a.m. colonoscopy prep (divided prep) or after the whole thing is over.  The pills are huge and I'm not sure I can choke them down without food, so I may wait until after but don't want to wait too long either.  

 

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You really to ask your doctor about the medication, especially about taking it the morning of the procedure.  Is this your first colonoscopy?  If those pills are slow to dissolve they could still be seen in your colon during the procedure.  Or they could just be swept right out with the prep solution (more likely).  You cannot have anything to eat or drink the morning of the procedure, except water and the prep solution.   As for after, I don't know about the endoscopy, but you can eat "easy" foods immediately following the colonoscopy.  

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Ask the doctor's office!  But usually you can eat right after if you feel like it.  But ask them!  Some of them will try to give you crackers, so you may want to bring some gluten-free applesauce or Rice Chex


 

 

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There are two doctors involved and they have different recommendations.  I had a colonoscopy 10 years ago and took the medication the morning of the procedure, but all the prep was the night before.  If I take it one hour before I start the morning prep that will be too far ahead of the procedure, so I'll take it after, whenever I'm allowed to eat.

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