Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions – Magnesium Citrate – | Preparation For Colonoscopy At Uconn Health

Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions – Magnesium Citrate – | Preparation For Colonoscopy At Uconn Health

It’s important that the following preparation is followed exactly.

After the second bottle of magnesium citrate has been consumed, do not have anything to eat or drink.

Preparing for Your Colonoscopy at UConn Health

The procedure is one week away.

  • Don’t take any iron supplements.

The procedure will be done three days before.

  • You can continue taking aspirin.
  • If approved by your physician, stop taking blood thinners.
  • Take your usual medications for blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, and other chronic health conditions. Check with your physician or GI Endoscopy office at 860-679-4784 if you are unsure whether to take or stop a medication.
  • Purchase the following items from your pharmacy. A written prescription from your physician is not required:
    • Two (2) bottles of magnesium citrate (10 ounce). Do not purchase red (cherry flavor).
    • There is one package of tablets.

The day before the procedure.

  1. Take four Dulcolax tablets with a large glass of water after wakening.
  2. You need to follow a clear liquid diet ALL DAY – no red or purple liquids. No solid foods, milk or milk products. Choices:
    Apple juice
    Sprite
    Ginger ale
    Fresca
    Tea and coffee (honey, sugar, sugar substitutes ok – no milk)
    Jell-O (no red or purple)
    Popsicles (orange, lemon-lime)
    Vitamin Water or Gatorade (orange, lemon-lime)
    Clear soup, broth (vegetable, beef or chicken)
    White grape juice
    Hard candy
  3. At 6 p.m., you can drink the entire contents of the first bottle of magnesium citrate. At this time, drink an 8 ounce glass of water.
  4. Continue to follow a clear liquid diet through the evening to prevent dehydration.

The day of the procedure.

  1. Five (5) hours before your scheduled arrival time, you need to drink the entire content of the second bottle of magnesium citrate, and one 8 oz. glass of water. You should not have anything else to drink (or eat) until after your procedure (except the approved medications with a small sip of water). Check with your physician or GI Endoscopy office at 860-679-4784 if you are unsure whether to take or stop a medication.
  2. You need a friend or family member to provide transportation for you to and from the procedure.

Additional Instructions for Afternoon Procedures

If the procedure is scheduled to start after 12 p.m., it is recommended to drink clear liquids until 6 hours before the procedure starts.

Do not eat food that is too bad before the night is over.

  • You can have clear liquids up to 7 a.m. on the day of the procedure.
  • You can have clear liquids up to 7:30 a.m. on the day of the procedure.
  • You can have clear liquids up to 8 a.m. on the day of the procedure.
  • You can have clear liquids up to 9:00 a.m. on the day of the procedure.
  • You can have clear liquids up to 9 a.m. on the day of the procedure.
  • You can have clear liquids up to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the procedure.

If you are a patient scheduled for a colonoscopy at UConn Health and have problems with the preparation and/or have questions during weekday hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) call 860-679-3238 and ask to speak with the GI nurse.

If you are a patient scheduled for a colonoscopy at UConn Health and have problems with the preparation and/or have questions during the evening hours (after 4:30 p.m.) or on the weekend call 860-679-2626 and ask for the GI fellow on call.

 

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