Colon Prep Instructions
Please read this ENTIRE PAGE of INSTRUCTIONS carefully several days before the procedure.  You must follow the instructions exactly in order to cleanse your colon adequately.  If your colon is not properly cleaned out it may result in cancellation of your procedure. 

* 4 Days prior to procedure:
Avoid high fiber foods such as corn, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, lettuce, bran cereals, fiber/granola bars, etc.  Click on link for more examples on Low Fiber Diet.  Drink extra clear liquids all day.

* 1 Day prior to procedure:
You are to have Clear Liquids only the entire day before your procedure and are encouraged to drink liberally, at least 10 (8 oz.) glasses, throughout the day. Clear liquids include: broth, tea, plain Jell-o(without fruit), punch, Kool-Aid, Sprite, 7-up, clear juices (i.e. apple or cranberry) sports drinks, flavored waters or Popsicles.  DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING RED since this may look like blood in the colon.  You may have clear liquids up until the time of your procedure.

Special diets used during colon prep:
Low Fiber Diet
Clear Liquid Diet

Please click on your Colonoscopy Prep below for further details.
  You will be given a prescription for the oral colon purge solution (PEG, GoLytely, NuLytely, Colyte, Trilyte, etc., MoviPrep, Prepopik or SUPREP).  
  • SUPREP 1 (Use if arriving at hospital before 10 am)
  • SUPREP 2 (Use if arriving at hospital at 10 am or later)

--You must have a driver available to take you home once the procedure is completed. NO CABS OR BUSES. The procedure will be cancelled if you do not have a driver to take you home. Your stay will be approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

--You will need a responsible adult to stay with you after your procedure for the remainder of the day.

--If you are on Plavix, Coumadin, Lovenox, or Ticlid, please talk to your doctor well in advance of the procedure. 

--DO NOT use Advil (Ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen), Relafen, Mobic, Motrin or other NSAIDs for 5 days prior to procedureYou may use Tylenol.

--DO NOT use Fish Oil for 7 days prior to procedure.

--Please take necessary prescription medications, such as blood pressure and asthma medications, with a small amount of water on the morning of the procedure.

--Stop iron supplements at least one week before your procedure. This includes vitamins with iron.

--Stop FIBER supplements 2 days before the procedure. This includes METAMUCIL, CITRUCEL.

--Leave valuables at home.

--Bring a list of your medications and allergies with you.

--Contact your insurance company and confirm the details of your coverage and pre-certification.

--Bring your insurance and/or Medicare cards.

Colonoscopy/Colon Prep: Questions & Answers
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If you experience any difficulty with the prep, please review the questions & answers link above.  If you still have questions, then call the Endoscopy Unit at the number below.  You may call any time day or night.  An endoscopy nurse is on call 24 hours a day.  For more information and directions to the Endoscopy Units listed below see the  Services page.

Mercy Endoscopy Unit:          
398-6484 (7am-5pm)    after 5pm:  533-2205
St. Lukes Endosopy Unit:       
Surgery Center Cedar Rapids:
558-4800 (6am-4pm)    after 4pm:  533-7136

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