Samuel N. Marcus M.D., Ph.D.


2490 Hospital Drive, Suite 211
Mountain View, California 94040

Patient comfort and safety are always our priority at the doctors office of Samuel N. Marcus M.D., Gastroenterologist in Mountain View, California 94040

Should I stop taking aspirin prior to a colonoscopy?

Theoretically, aspirin and drugs like ibuprofen can inhibit blood clotting and make the risk of bleeding higher. You would think this would be important if you are going to have a biopsy taken or polyp removed. But in practice, this does not seem to be a too much of a problem. Your doctor will help you make that decision.

Most doctors no longer routinely ask their patients to stop aspirin products before a scope test. But, if you& are on a daily aspirin or ibuprofen regimen and wish to stop it before your exam, you must stop at least a week before your test to get the medication out of your system.

Caution: If you are taking a daily aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack, don't stop it without your doctor's approval. Of course, if you have any bleeding tendencies, let your doctor know.

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