This is a common question. We want to note that you are advised to stop taking any Blood Thinners *, ibuprofen (Advil®) included, 7 days prior to your exam. Most of the time, you can take Tylenol® before and after unless there are unusual circumstances.
If you have had polyps removed or any other surgical procedure during your colonoscopy, you need to avoid NSAIDs: Ibuprofen such as Advil, naproxen sodium such as Aleve® or aspirin.
Basically, you want to avoid Blood Thinners and those who take blood thinner prescriptions should talk to their prescribing doctor about the procedure prior to having the colonoscopy done.
If you have not had polyps removed, you can take ibuprofen products such Advil the day after. Although it is not typical for patients to experience much pain after a colonoscopy that day or the day after.
Another medication to avoid is laxatives
If you are constipated after the procedure, you can take a stool softener without a laxative. But note that many stool softeners have a laxative in there so read the label carefully and buy stool softener without the laxative.
*Blood Thinners include: Persantine®, Coumadin®, Dipyridamole®, Warfarin®, Trental®, Aspirin or other aspirin compounds such as Ecotrin®, BC Powder®, Bufferin®, Ascription®, etc. please let us know because these will have to be stopped 7 days before the exam. Also, if any surgery was done through the colonscope, you must remain off aspirin and other aspirin compounds for the 2 weeks after the exam.
If you are taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as: Indocin®, Tolectin®, Clinoril®, Motrin®, Advil®, Mediprin®, Aleve® etc. please let us know.