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Prep Instructions

Prepopik | Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions

To ensure a successful exam, please follow all instructions carefully. Please bring a list of all your current medications, including any over-the-counter medications with you. If you must reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call 503-229-1883.

ONE WEEK BEFORE COLONOSCOPY

  • Please notify our nursing staff if you have had any major health or medication changes since scheduling your procedure. This could affect your preparation instructions.
  • Arrange for a licensed adult driver to take you home. By law, you may not drive for the rest of the day after your procedure. Public transportation is allowed with an adult escort.
  • Pick up the prescribed bowel preparation kit at your pharmacy. We recommend that you call your pharmacy prior to picking up the prep to ensure they have the prescription.
  • Purchase clear pulp-free juices (apple, white grape, white cranberry), sports drinks, broth, popsicles, hard candy, coffee and tea without milk or cream—NO RED or PURPLE Liquids
  • Medications
    • If you take any blood thinners, i.e. Coumadin, Plavix, Pradaxa, etc., please call our nursing staff if you have not received special instructions.
    • May continue to take regular medications, unless instructed by provider or nursing staff
    • May continue to take NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin), Aspirin, and Tylenol, if needed
  • Stop Taking
    • Iron pills or vitamins with iron
    • Fish Oil
  • Stop Eating
    • Seeds, nuts, tomatoes, berries, breads with seeds or nuts

ONE DAY BEFORE COLONOSCOPY

  • Start clear liquid diet. No solid foods, red or purple liquids, chewing gum, and alcohol.
  • Mix bowel prep solution:
    • Prepopik contains two packets. You will drink packet 1 the night before the colonoscopy and packet 2 the morning of the colonoscopy.
    • PACKET 1: Start between 5-9 pm
      • Fill the dosing cup with COLD water up to the lower line (5 oz.)
      • Pour the contents of one packet into the dosing cup
      • Stir for 2-3 minutes until powder is dissolved.
      • Drink it all
  • After finishing packet 1, drink FIVE 8 oz. (upper line) cups of clear liquid over the next 5 hours.
  • Nausea is common while drinking prep. If this occurs, stop drinking for 30 minutes before restarting. Walking around may help relieve nausea.
  • Patients that are Diabetic
    • Evening Dose Only: Take ¬Ĺ the dose of your diabetic medication(s) the day before your procedure
    • No dose the day of the procedure

DAY OF COLONOSCOPY

  • Continue clear liquid diet–No Solid Food.
  • May take blood pressure, heart, or seizure medication the morning of the test. Hold all other medication. Be sure to take medication two hours prior to test.
  • Five (5) hours prior to leaving home, drink PACKET 2:
    • Fill the dosing cup with COLD water up to the lower line (5 oz.)
    • Pour the contents of one packet into the dosing cup
    • Stir for 2-3 minutes until powder is dissolved.
    • Drink it all
  • After finishing packet 2, drink at least three (3) 8 oz. (upper line) cups of clear liquid. You may continue to hydrate up to 2 hours before your colonoscopy.
  • NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK TWO HOURS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TIME. NO CHEWING GUM.
  • Wear comfortable clothes; two-piece outfit is preferable.
  • Leave valuables at home
  • Arrive on time at the designated location with completed paperwork, photo ID, and insurance card.
  • You must have a responsible adult drive you home. We recommend that he/she stay in the waiting room during the duration of your stay; which is approximately 90 minutes. If you do not have a ride arranged we will not be able to preform the procedure.