Preparation for Colonoscopy
Sreen Mannam, M.D.
Board Certified Gastroenterologist
Please call our office so we may confirm your procedure and go through these instructions with you.
- Please have available your pharmacy information so the necessary prescriptions may be called in.
- If the procedure is not confirmed, we may be required to change your procedure time/date.
1 Week Prior
- No blood thinners or aspirin
- No vitamins with iron or iron supplements
- No herbal supplements
3 Days Prior
- No arthritis medication
- No marijuana
- No fruits or vegetables
- Take 1 Dulcolax tablet at bedtime for 3 days
The Day Before the Procedure
- No solid food or milk products
- Allowed only clear liquids the entire day
- If you take diabetes pills or insulin, take 1/2 your dose
- Continue to take all your regular medications unless instructed otherwise
- Begin taking the Trilyte Jug at ___ and consume 1/2 the Jug by ___
- To help with the taste: chill the jug prior to drinking and chase down with either Vernors or Ginger Ale
- If procedure time is before 11 am, drink second 1/2 between ___ & ___
Day of Procedure
- If procedure time is after 11 am, drink second 1/2 between ___ & ___
- No solid food
- Continue to drink clear liquids until ___ hours prior to procedure
- Do not take diabetes pills or insulin
- Take only prescription medication for blood pressure, heart problems or seizures at least 4 hours prior
- YOU WILL RECEIVE SEDATION AND NEED SOMEONE TO DRIVE YOU HOME. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
If you are on Coumadin*
You should stop taking it 1 week prior to the procedure and start taking LOVENOX as a bridging therapy – as per your primary care physician’s recommendation. It is your responsibility to contact your primary care physician and get the prescription for LOVENOX and follow their directions on how to use it. You must STOP LOVENOX the night before your procedure. If you need further clarification please contact our office.
- The use of aspirin and certain arthritis medicines may predispose you to bleeding. Please review your medications with your doctor.
- If you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs, consult your prescribing doctor for additional instructions prior to the procedure.
- You will lose large amounts of fluids when Trilyte helps move your bowels. This is NORMAL.
- Drink a lot of water or other clear liquids to help replace the fluids you will lose during bowel movements to ensure you are prepared for your procedure.
- It is important to follow instructions for diet and dosing times EXACTLY in order to properly prepare for your procedure. If you have any problems following the instructions, please call our office right away.