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Colonoscopy and Stress Dose Replacement Need

Question: I am on cortisone replacement and am scheduled for a colonoscopy. Do I need to tell my doctors that I need a stress dose of hydrocortisone?

Answer: I recommend that my patients be given intravenous hydrocortisone, usually 50 mg, just before the colonoscopy to cover the stress and light anesthesia for the procedure.

By Dr. Mary Lee Vance, UVA, Charlottesville, VA, Spring, 2016

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