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Preparing for an Endoscopy PDF Print E-mail

As with most medical procedures, it is very important to follow the instruction for preparing your body for the test. This allows for best results, with the least amount of discomfort possible.

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Endoscopy (EGD) Preparation

  • Do not take any aspirin, aspirin containing medication or arthritis medication for three days prior to the procedure. Tylenol or similar acetaminophen medications are allowed.
  • Be sure your physician is aware of any medications you are currently using, as well as any medication allergies that you have. In general, you should take any heart or blood pressure medication with a sip of water on the morning of the examination (except blood thinning medicine).
  • Be sure to inform your physician if you have heart disease or if you have been advised to use antibiotics before surgical or dental procedures. Under some circumstances (usually therapeutic procedures), antibiotics may be required before colonoscope.

Do not eat anything after midnight the night prior to the procedure.
Do not drink anything after four hours before the procedure

You must arrive at the hospital one hour in advance of the procedure to allow for pre-procedure preparation.
Please arrange for a friend or family member to accompany you home. Additional post-procedure instructions will be given to you at the hospital.

You May Not Drive Yourself Home After The Procedure!