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:
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
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 or SUPREP).
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 procedure.
--DO NOT use Aspirin or Fish Oil for 7 days prior to procedure. You may take Tylenol. If you are on Aspirin for a history of heart disease or stroke, please ask your doctor first if it's OK to hold it.
take necessary prescription medications, such as blood pressure and
asthma medications, with a small amount of water on the morning of the
--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
Please click on this link and read now.
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