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Mon Dec 10 14:29:50 UTC 2012

stopping medication for a medical procedure???
Asked By: chieftony  

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im type 2 diabetic have colonoscopy /endoscopy in 2 wks ,when i go on a flushing my system out an on a liquid diet for 2 days i was told to stop my meds thats what im really worried about,specially a hypo event right now i take 10 units lantus glargine,200mg metphormin 20 mg glyburide on a daily basis,counting gemfibrozil,hydrochlorothiazide,lisinopril,metoprolol,pravastatin.im really beside myself what to do i feel like canceling my procedure altho i know its very impotant as well, can you help mw with this???
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2012-12-28 10:32:54.0

This type of testing which can give very critical medical information to your health care team is tricky for patients with diabetes because of the prep that needs to happen. I would assume the doctors are collaborating with each other (endocrinologists, primary care, specialists) to ensure that you stay healthy during the pre testing period. A lot of times they will D/C some meds to prevent hypoglycemia while you are cleansing and not consuming a lot of carbs. This time period requires frequent blood sugar testing as well as a rule so you can let your health care team know how you are doing. It may make you more comfortable to do the prep during the week as opposed to a week-end so that you can contact your doctors should a problem//question arise. I would gather information and not cancel the test because if it has been ordered it is necessary to make sure you stay well. Ask a lot of questions so that you can relieve some of your understandable anxiety. Self-educaton is the key. Stay Strong!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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2013-11-29 18:03:12.0

When I had my colonoscopy, they scheduled me for earliest possible time since they knew I was diabetic and on many medications. Your gastroenterologist and endocrinologist or primary care physician should work with you on this matter and let you know about the time frames when you can take your insulin and oral meds. I believe my sugar was a bit high for the procedure, but I was nervous and that always makes my sugar rise. Let the doctors know about your concern. I am on some of the same medications as you are and suffered no ill effects due to not having them for a little while. Good luck. Hope your tests go well.
Answered By: hparkins1

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2013-05-24 15:43:20.0

I agree with the expert. Several times I have had procedures where they told me not to take my medicine during the procedure. It was scary, but I was fine. Remember that they can give you meds through your IV line. They should be watching you carefully.
Answered By: marilynnes

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