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What can I expect after a bronchoscopy?

You may want to take it easy for the rest of the day after the test. If you received sedation you may feel tired or sleepy. Do not drive or operate machinery or sign any legal documents for the next 24 hours after the sedation.

Do not take aspirin or medications such as ibuprofen in the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Check the label of brand-name medications to see if they contain ibuprofen or aspirin. These medications can increase bleeding.

Check with your doctor about any possible changes in your usual medications and ask when you can begin to take them again.

You may have a slight fever after the bronchoscopy and your doctor may suggest taking acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) for fever or discomfort.

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