Traditional Colonoscopy

Things to remember as you prepare for the test:

  • You will need to pick up your prescription preparation kit at your pharmacy several days prior to your scheduled procedure.
  • You may not eat anything the day prior to your test. Then, after midnight, you may not EAT OR DRINK anything prior to the procedure.
  • You are not allowed aspirin or blood thinners (Aggrenox, Plavix, Coumadin, Ibuprofen, or arthritis medications, etc.) five days prior to your procedure.
  • You are not allowed iron five days prior to your procedure.
  • On the day of your preparation, take all medications except for those listed above. If you are a diabetic, please tell your nurse and you will receive special instructions.
  • Do not take any medications the morning of your procedure unless they are for an irregular heartbeat, seizures, or breathing problems. If so, please take them with a small sip of water.
  • If you use inhalers, it is OK to use them. Please bring them with you.
  • You will need to have someone drive you home following the procedure.

Preparation Day Prior to Procedure

You will not be able to eat anything on the day prior to your procedure. When you wake up, add lukewarm water to the fill line and shake it up. Then, please refrigerate the mixture. The solution will be clear and colorless.

Start your diet of clear liquids as soon as you wake up. The more you drink the better the prep will work.

Examples of clear liquids include: chicken or beef broth, ginger ale, Sprite, Coke or Pepsi products, coffee and tea (without cream), apple juice or white grape juice, Jello, popsicles and Gatorade (NO RED or PURPLE).

4 PM – Take 2 Bisacodyl tables. Do not crush or chew the tables. Please swallow them whole.

6 PM – Start drinking Halfytely. Drink one glass every 10-20 minutes until you drink ALL of the solution. You will drink a total of 8 glasses. If you get nauseated, slow down drinking the prep.

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.

Day of the Test

You may not eat or drink ANYTHING prior to your test. Do not take any medications the morning of your procedure unless they are for an irregular heartbeat, seizures, or breathing problems. If so, please take them with a small sip of water.