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Premium Digestive Disease Clinic – Endoscopy Preparation Instructions

How to Prepare for an Endoscopy

There are various types of endoscopy. In an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, the surgeon places an endoscope through your mouth and down your throat. An endoscope is a flexible tube with an added camera.

It’s necessary to prepare for an upper GI endoscopy to ensure the plan goes smoothly. The doctor will give you specific guidance on how to prepare for your endoscopy, but here are some common tips that can help make sure you’re ready.

Mention medications and allergies

You should also tell the doctor about any diseases you have and about any medicine and over-the-counter medications you’re using. a doctor may tell you to change your dosage or to stop taking some medicines before the endoscopy.

Arrange for a ride home

You’ll possibly be assigned a narcotic and a sedative to help you rest during the endoscopy. You shouldn’t drive after the method because these drugs will make you tired. Arrange to have someone pick you up and drop you home.

Don’t eat or drink

You shouldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the method. This involves gum or mints. However, you can usually have clear liquids after midnight up to six hours before the endoscopy if your procedure is in the afternoon. Clear liquids include:
coffee without cream
apple juice
clear soda
You should avoid drinking anything red or ocherous.

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