Test Preparation

PRE-COLONOSCOPY MEDICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Note: You are to continue all of your heart, blood pressure and lung medications with a few sips of water at least 2 hours before your procedure. Make certain that the doctor is aware of any blood thinners (such as Coumadin or Plavix), arthritis medications, diet medications, herbal supplements, diabetes medications or insulin you are taking.

Unless otherwise directed, the following medications should be avoided during the week prior to your Colonoscopy, as they may increase the risk of bleeding or other complications during the procedure.

  • Aspirin, or aspirin containing products (Check the label of any over-the-counter pain or cold medications.)
  • Non prescription Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Medipren, Aleve, etc.)
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications (Anaprox, Ansaid, Butazolidin, Celebrex, Clinoril, Daypro, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Meclomen, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Ponstel, Relafen, Tolectin, Voltarin, etc.)
  • Iron supplements (and vitamin tablets containing iron)
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Fish Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginkgo and Ginseng Supplements
  • St. John’s Wart

Although you cannot take Aspirin or Ibuprofen, YOU MAY TAKE TYLENOL.

COLONOSCOPY: NULYTELY OR COLYTE PREP INSTRUCTIONS

The Day Before Your Procedure:

In the morning, mix the Nulytely or Colyte with one gallon of water and a broken Simethicone (Gas-X, Phazyme, Gas Relief) tablet. Refrigerate the solution.

You may eat a light breakfast but may have only clear liquids for lunch. This includes juices, broth, bouillon, Gatorade, plain jello, popsicles, soft drinks, black coffee and tea.

Avoid any red liquids and all milk products. If you are able to see through what you drink, it is a clear liquid. After you finish the prep, you may continue to have clear liquids up until six hours before the procedure.

Start drinking the Nulytely or Colyte solution between 4 and 7 p.m. You are to drink one 8 oz. glass of solution every 15 minutes. YOU WILL NEED TO DRINK THE ENTIRE GALLON OF SOLUTION.

Take the two Bisocodyl (Dulcolax) tablets one hour after finishing the Nulytely or Colyte.

Use one Fleet or Apliq Enema (no mineral oil/oil based enemas) one hour before you go to the hospital.

COLONOSCOPY: HALFLYTELY PREP INSTRUCTIONS

The Day Before Your Procedure:

DO NOT eat food, drink milk, or red liquids on the day of the prep. DRINK CLEAR LIQUIDS ONLY. This includes juices, broth, bouillon, Gatorade, plain Jell-O, Popsicle’s, soft drinks, black coffee, and tea.

  1. At 12 p.m. (noon) take two (2) Bisacodyl tablets with 16-24 oz clear liquids. Do not take within one (1) hour of taking an antacid. DRINK 6-8 (8oz) GLASSES OF CLEAR LIQUID OF CHOICE BETWEEN 12 – 6 p.m.
  2. At 12:30 p.m. Add water to the line on the bottle of HalfLytely, add a broken Simethecone (Gas-X, Phazyme, Gas Relief) tablet. Mix HalfLytely well and refrigerate.
  3. After 6 Hours, between 6 – 7 pm, begin drinking HalfLytely as instructed: 8 oz glass every 10-20 minutes until the bottle is empty.
  4. You may continue to have clear liquids after completing the prep and up until 6 hours prior to your procedure. Nothing by mouth 6 hours prior to procedure.

BE SURE TO DRINK ALL OF THE SOLUTION.

NOTE: If you have severe discomfort or distention (bloating), stop drinking the solution for a while or wait longer between drinking each glass until the discomfort goes away. DO NOT take any other medications within 1 hour of staring to drink the solution.

EGD PREP INSTRUCTIONS

You are to continue all of your heart, blood pressure and lung medications with a few sips of water at least 2 hours before your scheduled procedure. Make certain that the doctor is aware of any blood thinners (Coumadin or Plavix), diet medications, arthritis medications or insulin you are taking so we may adjust these appropriately.

If possible, the following medications should be avoided during the week prior to your EGD, as they may increase the risk of bleeding from the procedure.

  • Aspirin, or aspirin containing products (Check the label of any over-the-counter pain or cold medications.)
  • Non prescription Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Medipren, Aleve, etc.)
  • Although you cannot take Aspirin or Ibuprofen, YOU MAY TAKE TYLENOL.
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications (Anaprox, Ansaid, Butazolidin, Celebrex, Clinoril, Daypro, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Meclomen, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Ponstel, Relafen, Tolectin, Voltarin, etc.)

Do not eat solid foods after midnight before your procedure, then only clear liquids until 6 hours before the procedure.