Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey: Patient Care home Penn State Hershey: Education home Penn State Hershey: Research home Penn State Hershey: Community home
Penn State Hershey Health Information Library
  Library Home
  Find A Physician
  Find A Practice
  Request An Appointment
  Search Clinical Studies
  Classes and Support Groups
  Ask A Health Librarian
  Subscribe to eNewsletters


Penn State Hershey Health Information Centers
  Bone and Joint
  Cancer
  Children
  Heart
  Men
  Neurology
  Pregnancy
  Seniors
  Women

        Follow Us

Health Tip: Prepare for a Colonoscopy

(HealthDay News) -- Many people who have had a colonoscopy say the prep is worse than the actual procedure.

But it's a necessary evil. Improper preparation, and you might as well skip the test altogether.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy advises on preparing for a colonoscopy:

  • A day before the procedure, limit foods to clear broth, tea, gelatin desserts, ginger ale, sherbet and clear fruit juices.
  • But avoid recommended desserts and liquids that are red or purple.
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking more fluids than usual.
  • Speak with your doctor about any medications you take, to determine if they could interfere with the colonoscopy.

Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.