Most Frequently Asked Questions
Our first concern is your health and safety. You will be given sedatives to help you relax during your colonoscopy, and these medications affect your body’s ability to hold food and liquid in your stomach. If you eat or drink several hours before (actual time varies by doctor) your colonoscopy, there is a risk that food or liquid will travel up into your esophagus, where you could breathe it into your lungs. Your procedure will have to be rescheduled if you do not follow the preparation instructions provided by your doctor.
If you develop symptoms of nausea or vomiting, stop the prep for a few minutes, then resume the process. Go slower and drink one 8 oz. glass every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes.
Studies have shown that patients who take a dose of laxative six hours before the procedure tend to have cleaner colons. This minimizes your chances of having to reschedule your procedure or repeat your procedure sooner than the recommended guidelines (typically, every 5–10 years).
You need to tell your doctor about all medical conditions and any drugs, vitamins, or nutritional supplements that you take regularly. If you are taking prescription
blood thinners (such as Coumadin® [warfarin], Pradaxa® [dabigatran etexilate], or Plavix® [clopidogrel]), please talk to your prescribing doctor at least seven days before your procedure. Please continue all medications unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
You’ll receive directions about all the medications that you need to discontinue. If you have questions about a specific medication, call your prescribing doctor for additional directions.
If you have a history of constipation, cirrhosis, stroke, dementia, heart disease, or kidney disease, make sure you tell your doctor before your procedure.
To make it easier to empty your bowel before the colonoscopy, following these guidelines:
Drink liquids with sugar the day before your procedure and do not stick to sugar-free drinks. You must consume 150–200 calories of carbs when you are on a liquid diet to maintain your blood sugar. To avoid having to reschedule your procedure, do not eat any solid foods during your preparation.
Since you are on a liquid diet, you may need to adjust your medication the day before your procedure. Details will be included in your instructions. Check your blood sugar regularly during your preparation. If your blood sugar is too high, you may not be able to receive anesthesia for your procedure.
If you are constipated, you may need to be on a liquid diet two days before your procedure. You may also need to take additional laxatives to prepare for your colonoscopy. Before the procedure, make sure your doctor knows that you are constipated.
Our goal at the Colon Prep Center is to ensure that you have a successful procedure. Approximately 25–30% of patients have not properly cleansed their colon before a colonoscopy. As a result, they have to either reschedule your procedure or schedule another procedure sooner than the recommended guidelines.
The Colon Prep Center provides:
Yes, all products are gluten free.
The products provided in the preparation package are over-the-counter medications, meaning they do not require a prescription. Most insurance companies only reimburse prescription medications.
Resources for More Information
American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control www.cdc.gov/cancer
Screen for Life: The National Colorectal Cancer Action Center www.cdc.gov/cancer/screenforlife
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons www.fascrs.org
Foundation For Digestive Health and Nutrition www.fdhn.org
National Cancer Institute www.nci.nih.gov
Colon Cancer Foundation http://coloncancerfoundation.org