Prep pills (OsmoPrep®) Colonoscopy Preparation - 7 Days Before

7 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • If you take aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin and/or warfarin, contact your prescribing doctor about stopping these medications five days prior to your procedure.

5 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • Arrange a ride home - you will be given medication that relaxes you and makes you sleepy, so you cannot drive, take a bus, or take a taxi home. If you arrive without an escort, your procedure will need to be rescheduled.
  • Stop taking iron, vitamin E, ginkgo, garlic, and ginger. A multivitamin is ok.
  • Stop taking aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, and warfarin.
  • Stop taking all anti-inflammatory medicines, including Advil, Anacin, Aleve, Alka Seltzer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Indocin, Relafen, Naproxen, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Volaren, Votran. Tylenol is ok.

3 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • Confirm your ride.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, call the office at (760) 783-0441.
  • Review the diet you need to follow for the next 2 days. Plan your meals according to the diet.

2 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day.
  • Stop eating seeds, popcorn, nuts and whole grains.
  • Do not eat any solid food after midnight.

1 DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

  • Start a strict, clear liquid diet.
  • Start your bowel preparation.
  • Consider using Desitin cream if you experience rectal irritation.

THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE

  • Take your regular medications with a sip of water.
  • Do not take supplements or vitamins.
  • You may have clear liquids up to 3 hours before your procedure.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • Consider bringing socks to wear during your procedure.
  • Bring your escort/driver with you to your appointment.
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time.
Patient instructions for procedures BEFORE 12pm
Patient instructions for procedures AFTER 12pm