We understand that for most people, preparation for colonoscopy is often worse than the actual procedure. For this reason, our practice prescribes better-tasting and smaller-volume laxative regimens. These preparations, which we review with you during your office visit and may include one of the following:
- Glycolax or Miralax powder
- Colyte, Golytely or Nulytely
Most regimens require a clear liquid diet beginning at noon the day before your scheduled procedure. We will provide you with a list of recommended foods. It is important that you avoid aspirin and related medications for at least seven days before the procedure.
If you use coumadin or Plavix, please let Dr. Lee know so that she can advise you when to stop taking these medications before the test and when to start taking them again afterwards.
Also, please let Dr. Lee know if you have diabetes.
During the procedure, we will keep you as comfortable as possible with a medication that produces a "twilight" sleep. Although most of these medications are very short-acting and you may feel fully awake immediately after the procedure, your reflexes may remain slow for the rest of the day. Therefore, you will need someone to drive you home, and for the rest of the day you should avoid using or operating any mechanical devices, such as driving a car.
Please call us at 410-321-1082 if you have any questions.