Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine
Women's Medicine Collaborative

General Preparation Information for Endoscopy and Colonoscopy Procedures

Our all-woman staff is uniquely skilled in performing colonoscopies and endoscopies. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by "clear liquids"?
Clear liquids are any watery fluids you can see through, such as water, apple juice, herbal tea (no milk), clear chicken broth, Gatorade, etc.

Why must I avoid red liquids?
The red color can remain in the colon and could be mistaken for blood.

One of the medications I was instructed to take the morning of my procedure is red. Can I still take it?
Yes. You may take medication for high blood pressure, heart conditions, and seizures the morning of your exam, regardless of the color.

Can I brush my teeth?

Can I wear my dentures?
Yes, you may wear your dentures to your procedure appointment. However, you may be asked to remove them prior to the colonoscopy.

My instructions say not to take anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications for several days before the procedure. What can I take for headaches and pain relief?
You may take Tylenol.

Can I have gum or candy on the day of my procedure?
No. Please do not chew gum, eat candy or suck on hard candy the day of your procedure.

Can I have chicken soup?
You can only drink clear liquids-so you can have the chicken broth, but no noodles, chicken, or vegetables.

More information

Endoscopy Frequently Asked Questions
Colonoscopy Frequently Asked Questions