Commonly Prescribed Bowel Preps and Product Instructions: (click on the link)
IMPORTANT (PLEASE READ)
Our office will select the specific bowel prep for you. The product is chosen according to which product the doctor believes will yield the best result for you. A prescription for the bowel preparation will be sent to your preferred pharmacy.
A colonoscopy is a relatively fast and safe procedure. However, its safety and reliability depends on the correct preparation of the colon (large intestine) prior to the examination. Colon cleansing is necessary prior to having the procedure performed by your gastroenterologist. It is very important for the patient to follow the preparation recommended by the physician.
If you suffer from constipation, the standard colon cleansing procedure may not be sufficient. Please call your physician’s nurse to ask for advice.
It is very important that you fill your prescription for the bowel prep at least 5 days before your scheduled procedure, to insure that the pharmacy has it in stock.
FIVE DAYS PRIOR TO EXAM
Five days prior to exam, begin to decrease the residue in your diet. Refrain from eating nuts, seeds, corn and popcorn. Discontinue fiber supplements, such as Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon, Benefiber, etc.
ONE DAY PRIOR TO EXAM
No solid foods are allowed for the entire day.
You are required to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day. Clear liquids include: water, juices (including orange, grapefruit and lemonade without pulp), tea, coffee, broths, jello, and popsicles. Exclude any fluids containing red or purple dye/food coloring.
DAY OF EXAM
Four to five hours prior to your scheduled arrival time You may take any necessary blood pressure medications (if applicable) as usual. Do NOT take any diabetes medications on the day of the scheduled exam.
IMPORTANT: Notify physician or nurse if you are taking medication for diabetes (oral or injectable) and/or anticoagulants (blood thinners such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Pradaxa, Heparin, Eliquis, Plavix, or Ticlid) for further instructions.
With any questions, please call us at 281.392.0425, or contact us through the Patient Portal.