Are you preparing to have an upper endoscopy (EGD)? At Digestive Healthcare Center, we always want to make sure that your procedures are as convenient as possible, and the EGD is accurate.
Day of EGD Procedure:
In addition to your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare for your endoscopy, please follow below for any upper endoscopy procedure:
EGD Prep Food and Medication Considerations
Please consider the following food and medical considerations prior to an egd procedure.
Things To Do or Are Acceptable to Do Prior to Your EGD
- You may have clear liquids until 4 HOURS before your procedure (Examples of clear liquids include: water, clear soup broth, clear fruit juice (apple, white cranberry, white grape, etc., coffee/tea(NO MILK), ginger ale or 7-up, jello, popsicles or italian ice.
- You should take your vital medications, including heart, blood pressure, thyroid and seizure medications as directed 4 HOURS BEFORE PROCEDURE with a small sip of water.
- If you have asthma, use your inhaler as directed and bring it with you.
- You may brush your teeth.
- Please make sure you have arranged ahead of time for a responsible adult (age 18 or over) to drive you home after the procedure.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing such as a sweat suit. NO JEANS and NO METAL – including zippers and bra hooks (Sports bras only). Leave all jewelry at home including belly rings & tongue piercings.
What to Avoid Prior to an EGD
- Do not have any solid foods or dairy products after midnight or up to 8 hours before the day before your procedure.
- Do not consume anything fluids with red dye or dairy prior to your egd procedure
- Do not consume anything by mouth within the 4 hours prior to your procedure including water, gum, candy or mints.
- If you are a diabetic, to avoid dangerously low blood sugar, please do not take your oral medications for your diabetes or your insulin on the morning of your procedure. You can resume your diabetes medications after the procedure, once you have eaten. If you are taking insulin, please check with your endocrinologist or primary doctor as to the best way to manage your blood sugar. Please bring your insulin with you. If you are unsure about taking any medications, please call us.
- If you are taking coumadin, plavix, or aspirin, it may need to be stopped prior to your procedure. Please ask your doctor. These medications are usually stopped several days before your procedure.
- If you are a smoker, it is advised that you do not smoke at least 6 hours before the procedure.