Read and follow directions carefully
Important general instructions
Follow these directions carefully
You must drink the recommended amount of water and/or clear liquids while taking this bowel preparation to prevent serious side effects and to ensure that you are properly prepared for testing.
If you do not follow these directions completely your exam may have to be repeated.
You must have a responsible adult to accompany you. If you do not have an adult escort, your procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled.
You need to bring your insurance card and a photo ID with you.
Please bring your medication list with you on the day of your procedure, along with the date your medication was last taken.
5 days before your colonoscopy
You will need to stop taking full-dose aspirin (325mg), blood thinners and/or arthritis medications such as Motrin, Advil, Vitamin E and herbal supplements for 5 days prior to your procedures, unless otherwise instructed. You may take Tylenol, multi-vitamins and all other prescription medications. You can continue Baby Aspirin (81mg). If you are unsure about a medication please ask your physician or nurse. Please see list of medications to avoid.
If you take heart, blood pressure or seizure medications you should take them as directed the morning of your procedure with a small amount of water. All other medications should be held until instructions are given after your procedure.
The day before your colonoscopy
As soon as you wake up
You will be on a CLEAR LIQUID DIET as soon as you wake up. You may have the following:
- Coffee (no dairy or cream)
- Tea (no dairy or cream)
- Fruit Juice without pulp (orange, apple, white grape, white cranberry)
- Gatorade, G2, Powerade (no red or purple flavors)
- Crystal Light
- Sodas (Coke, Diet Coke, etc.)
- Juice popsicles without fruit or pulp
DO NOT have milk/cream products, red, pink or purple colored liquid, any alcoholic beverages.
Drink 6-8 ounces of clear liquid every hour throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Nothing by mouth four (4) hours prior to your procedure, including gum, mints, hard candy or water.
Do not use any recreational drugs or alcohol for 48 hours prior to your procedure.
Use the mixing container to mix the contents of the Dose 1 pouch with at least 16oz of water by shaking or using a spoon until it’s completely dissolved. This may take up to 2-3 minutes. Take your time and slowly finish the dose within 30 minutes. Refill container with at least 16oz of clear liquid. Again, take your time and slowly finish all of it within 30 minutes.
The day of your colonoscopy
6 hours prior to your colonoscopy
Six (6) hours before your procedure, use the mixing container to mix the contents of Dose 2, pouches A and B, with at least 16oz of water by shaking or using a spoon until it’s completely dissolved. This may take up to 2-3 minutes. Take your time and slowly finish the dose within 30 minutes. Refill the container with at least 16oz of clear liquid. Again, take your time and slowly finish all of it within 30 minutes.
After drinking this, you may have nothing else by mouth prior to procedure.
Arrange for an adult to accompany you
You must have an adult accompany you home. If you do not have an adult escort, your procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled.
Do no eat or drink anything including water, mints hard candy or gum within 4 hours of your procedure or your procedure will be delayed or canceled.
You must have a responsible adult to accompany you home or your procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled.
Call us at 615-550-6066 if you have any questions.
Medications to avoid
Avoid these medications 5 days before your colonoscopy
Arthritis Pain Formula
Aspirin (325 mg)-Baby Aspirin (81 mg) is okay
Cama Arthritis Medication
Darvon Compound /Darvocet Disalcid
Therapy Bayer Caplets