A colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your doctor check the lining of your colon for any abnormalities. Your doctor will advise you when you need to have a colonoscopy and how to prepare for it.

Colonoscopy Prep Checklist:

• Prepare for a few days before your colonoscopy by eating a low fiber diet.
• Beware of other medications.  Consult your provider with questions.
• Follow the recommendations about what you can and cannot eat before your test.
• Complete the PREP as directed.
• Stay Hydrated.  Be sure to drink all the required liquids during the examination prep and replenish your system by drinking water.
• Stay near a bathroom.  You may want to use wet wipes of ointments to reduce the effects of many trips to the bathroom.
• Schedule a ride home.  Because of the use of sedatives during the colonoscopy, you will need a ride home.
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Colonoscopy Preparation Guide 

3 days before exam

     Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the day.

     Remember to eat a low fiber diet.

2 days before exam

     Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the day.

     Begin a clear liquid diet.

     You can have water, clear broth or bullion, coffee or tea (without milk or creamer), Gatorade, Powerade, Pedialyte, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, strained fruit juice (no pulp), JELL-O, popsicles, hard candy.  NO RED OR PURPLE LIQUIDS.

1 day before exam

     Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the day.

     Continue clear liquid diet.

     At NOON – take two Bisacodyl tablets by mouth.

     Between 4-6 pm begin drinking 4 liters of GoLYTELY. Drink 8 oz. every 15-20 minutes until the 4 liters are gone.  Put the remaining 4 liters in the refrigerator.

Day of the exam

     5 hours before you appointment, drink 2 liters of GoLYTELY.

     Continue clear liquids, including water.

     3 hours before appointment time, STOP drinking liquids.  You may take your morning medications with 4 ounces of water.

     Do not wear fragrant perfumes or lotions today.

     Your stool should appear clear yellow to be ready for exam.

Bring to your exam

     Someone to drive you home.

     Insurance card.

     Health history.

     Picture ID.


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