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How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

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Your colon must be completely empty for the colonoscopy to be thorough and safe. To prepare for the procedure, you may have to follow a liquid diet for 1 to 3 days beforehand. A liquid diet means fat-free bouillon or broth, gelatin, strained fruit juice, water, plain coffee, plain tea, or diet soda. You may need to take laxatives or an enema before the procedure. Also, you must arrange for someone to take you home afterward; you will not be allowed to drive because of the sedatives. Your physician may give you other special instructions.

SOURCES:
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse of The National Institutes of Health. "Colonoscopy." NIH Publication No. 98-4331. July 7, 1998.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2019

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The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse of The National Institutes of Health. "Colonoscopy." NIH Publication No. 98-4331. July 7, 1998.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2019

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