INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLONOSCOPY PREPARATION WITH
You are scheduled to have an examination of your colon with the use of a lighted flexible tube called a colonoscope. You will be given medication prior to your examination that will enable your doctor to perform the test with as little discomfort to you as possible. Because of the medication's sedative properties, you must make arrangements for someone to accompany you home after the procedure.
Please read these instructions at least Five (5) days before your colonoscopy because this is a two-day preparation. Your physician may adjust your dosage schedule.
· All aspirin or aspirin-containing products and iron supplements must be stopped at least 5 days prior to your examination.
· Other anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) must be stopped 5 days prior to examination. If you have not discontinued these medications, please contact your doctor.
· If you are taking coumadin or other anticoagulant medications, please consult your physician for additional instructions.
· If you require antibiotics prior to medical procedures (for example, if you have valvular heart disease, a history of endocarditis, or an artificial joint), please consult your doctor for an appropriate prophylactic regimen.
· If you have diabetes, please do not take your diabetic medications on the day of the procedure until after the examination is over and you have eaten. Severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may result if you take sugar-lowering medications without food.
· All other medications
may be continued without modification.
Day before colonoscopy:
· Lunch - Make
sure none of the liquids are colored red or purple.
· For the rest of the day
liquids only (as described above).
After nothing to drink. You may take medications if approved by the doctor.
No aspirin, Motrin,
Nuprin, Advil, Alka-Seltzer, vitamin E or Ginkgo Biloba should be taken for 5
days prior to the procedure. Tylenol is permitted.