Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Center
- Digestive Disease
- Digestive Health
- For Referring
Upper Endoscopic Medication Guidelines
Our nurses will obtain a health assessment from each patient prior to the day of service. We will give you instructions on handling your prescription medications when the phone interview is done.
You should stop the following medications 5 days prior to the procedure unless otherwise instructed by your physician:
- Anti-inflammatory/NSAIDS (ibuprofen, etc.)
- All vitamins
- All supplements and herbs (including flaxseed, fish oil, etc.)
All other medications should be taken the morning of the procedure with a sip of water or brought with you to be taken after the procedure. Bring with you:
- all inhalers.
- list of all medications you are currently taking.
We must be notified of certain health issues and medications. Please contact us as soon as possible if any of the below apply to you:
- Medications: blood thinners (not including aspirin)
- Health issues: body weight over 300 pounds
- Insulin: On the day before your procedure, take only half of your evening dose of insulin (unless otherwise instructed by your regular provider). Check your blood sugar every four (4) hours while awake. On the morning of your procedure, hold all diabetic medications and check your blood sugar.
- Oral diabetic medications: On the day before your procedure, hold your evening oral dose (unless otherwise instructed by your regular provider). Check your blood sugar every four (4) hours while awake. On the morning of your procedure, hold all diabetic medications and check your blood sugar.