1. You may eat and drink whatever you wish after the procedure, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
2. You may resume your usual medications. However, if your doctor gave you any special instructions regarding antibiotics or aspirins, please follow them.
3. It is normal to experience a little discomfort after a colonoscopy. Bloating and abdominal discomfort may be caused by air used to inflate the bowel during the procedure. This may be relieved by drinking warm fluids, walking, and/or taking a warm bath.
4. During the first 24 hours, you may notice a small amount of bleeding when you go to the washroom, either on the tissue or in the toilet. This is normal after a colonoscopy. If you should pass a large amount (e.g. ½ cup) of blood or clots, notify your doctor immediately, or go to the Emergency Department and advise them that you had a colonoscopy at the Oakville Endoscopy Centre.
5. If you experience fever, or a sudden onset of severe abdominal or rectal pain, please notify your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
6. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED SEDATION, YOU MUST NOT:
· drive a vehicle · operate heavy equipment · drink alcoholic beverages
UNTIL 6:00 am THE NEXT MORNING
NOTE: Even though you may not feel tired, your judgment and reflexes may not be normal.
7. The sedation has an amnesic effect. Therefore, if you have received sedation, refrain from any legal or financial decisions until the next day.
8. If you have had IV medication, some irritation at the IV site is normal. If you have concerns, please call your doctor.
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