Colonoscopy Preparation FAQ
Colonoscopy Preparation Frequently Asked Questions
I forgot about my procedure tomorrow and I took a couple aspirin yesterday. Do I need to reschedule?
No, it is not necessary to reschedule your procedure if you have only taken one dose
I will be on my period the day the procedure is scheduled, do I need to reschedule?
No, it is not necessary to reschedule your procedure, but using a tampon is preferable.
Can I have cream in my coffee?
No, you may have black coffee only.
Can I have sugar in my coffee?
Yes, you may have sugar in your coffee.
Is vanilla flavored Boost the same as Ensure?
Yes, they are the same thing.
Can I drink Slim Fast?
No, Slim Fast is not the same as Ensure and is not considered a clear liquid.
Can I drink soda?
You may drink clear soft drinks such as 7-UP, gingerale, or sprite. Avoid squirt because it is cloudy.
Are popsicles and orange Jell-O acceptable?
Yes, these items are okay as long as you avoid anything RED or PURPLE.
Can I take cherry flavored GoLYTELY/NuLYTLEY?
Yes, you may.
Is cherry magnesium citrate okay?
Yes, it is.
Can I drink other flavors of Ensure/Boost?
No, please drink vanilla only.
Can I drink orange juice or cranberry juice?
No, please only drink beverages that are clear and that are not red.
For my procedure preparation I was given a prescription for a gallon of liquid to drink and my friend only had to drink 2 little bottles of laxative when he/she had it done. Why can’t I use that method?
Your doctor has chosen the most appropriate preparation for you based on your medications and health history. Some laxatives cannot be used by persons with certain medical conditions.
I have a cold, but I don’t have a fever. Can I still have the procedure?
Yes, the procedure may proceed as scheduled.
Can I take cold medicine?
Yes, you may take cold medicine AS LONG AS they are not aspirin based.
Can I take my daily diuretics the morning of my procedure?
Please take your heart and blood pressure medications only the day of your procedure. HOLD your diuretic pill until after the procedure.
What if the laxative is not working?
If there is no laxative effect within 3 hours, follow with a bottle of magnesium citrate. If the second laxative does not work, please call our office 517-351-0001 Ext. 2 and speak with Karen, R.N.
I have taken antibiotics prior to dental cleanings for mitral valve prolapse, should I take them for my colonoscopy as well?
According to the American Heart Association it is not necessary to take antibiotics for a colonoscopy unless it has been advised by your doctor.
Is it okay to take all my medications the week prior to my colonoscopy?
You will be advised by our nurse which medications you should hold prior to the procedure. Any routine medications can be taken up to the day of your procedure unless we have stated otherwise.
Does someone need to stay at the facility while I have my procedure?
Yes, it is policy to have someone stay with you during the procedure and to drive you home after.
How long does the procedure take?
A colonoscopy takes approximately 30 minutes.
Why do I need someone to drive me home?
You are required to have someone drive you home because of the sedation you will undergo during the procedure. Your reflexes are affected and you will not be able to safely drive.
Can I take my multivitamin before my procedure?
Only discontinue your multivitamin if it turns your stool black.
What should I do if my blood sugar starts dropping while I am following a clear liquid diet? Can I eat something?
Avoid solid foods. Drink juice or Ensure/Boost to increase your blood sugar. You may also suck on hard candy that is not red.
Can I still have my procedure if I have a slight fever?
Yes, you may still have the procedure. Please inform our office if your temperature is over 100 degrees.
My procedure is tomorrow afternoon and I forgot and ate breakfast. What should I do?
You do not have to cancel the procedure, but you must push the clear liquids for the remainder of the day before starting laxative that evening.
I am unable to take my first laxative at the scheduled time. What should I do?
Adjusting the time on your first laxative by an hour or two is allowed. Keep in mind that the effects will be later into the evening. You should not adjust the time of your second laxative though.