After the Colonoscopy

What to expect after your colonoscopy

Since most people are sedated during a colonoscopy, the procedure itself is virtually painless. In fact, many people report waking up from a colonoscopy with no memory of the exam at all.

After your colonoscopy, you'll be moved to a recovery room while the sedative begins to wear off. The time you spend in the recovery room is dictated according to safety standards and to ensure your vital signs are acceptable for discharge.

You may feel groggy from the sedative and weak from the entire process, so you won't be allowed to leave the recovery room alone or drive yourself until the next day. For this reason, it might be a good idea to relax at home for the rest of the day. You will probably experience some gas and bloating after your colonoscopy, since the procedure does involve filling your large intestine with air to help your doctor get the best possible view. Rest assured—these issues usually pass within 24 hours.

Getting your colonoscopy results

After you have recovered, your doctor will provide you with a copy of the procedure report, complete with pictures, and tell you what was found. Most often, patients are told whether something of concern has been found or not and what the follow-up plan is. Often, the family member or driver is at bedside when the procedure results are discussed. If a patient has a polyp that is too large to remove, the doctor may take a biopsy of the tissue for further testing. It may take approximately 1 week to receive the results of the biopsy. Most doctors also send a letter to the patient with the results and the recommended time interval before the next colonoscopy.

Indication for MOVIPREP

MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) is an osmotic laxative indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults 18 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information about MOVIPREP

  • Do not take MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) if you have a gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction (a blockage in your bowel), bowel perforation (an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine), gastric retention (problems with food and fluid emptying from your stomach), ileus (bowel muscle unable to move stomach contents), toxic colitis (damage to the thickness of the intestinal wall) or toxic megacolon (an extremely dilated or distended colon with fever and/or abdominal pain at times), or if you have a known allergy to MOVIPREP or any of its components.
  • It is important to drink sufficient liquids before, during, and after the use of MOVIPREP. Liquid and blood salt changes can lead to serious side effects including abnormal heartbeats, seizures, and kidney problems. Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you take any medications that increase the risk of blood salt abnormalities or if you have known or suspected low blood salt (sodium) level (hyponatremia).
  • If you have kidney problems or if you take medication that affects kidney function, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • If you have suspected bowel blockage or a suspected opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you have problems swallowing, if you have gastric reflux, or if you are predisposed to aspiration.
  • If you have a condition that destroys red blood cells called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • Please be advised that MOVIPREP contains 131 mg of phenylalanine per treatment.
  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • In clinical studies with MOVIPREP, the most common side effects for split dosing were malaise (feeling uneasy), nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, vomiting, and upper stomach pain. The most common side effects for evening only dosing were stomach swelling (abdominal distension), anal discomfort, thirst, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, sleep disorder, rigors (body shakes), hunger, malaise (feeling uneasy), vomiting, and dizziness.

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