Upper Endoscopy (EGD) - Preparation

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How do I prepare for endoscopy?

To accomplish a safe and complete examination, the stomach should be empty. The patient will most likely be asked to have nothing to eat or drink for six hours or more prior to the procedure.

Prior to scheduling the procedure, the patient should inform his or her physician of any medications being taken, any allergies, and all known health problems. This information will help the doctor determine whether the patient may need antibiotics prior to the procedure, and what potential medications should not be used during the exam because of the patient's allergies. The information will provide the individual scheduling the procedure an opportunity to instruct the patient whether any of the medications should be held or adjusted prior to the endoscopy.

Knowledge whether the patient has any major health problems, such as heart or lung diseases, will alert the examiner of possible need for special attention during the procedure.

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Comment from: Allen, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

To prepare for my upper endoscopy, I stopped eating 25 hours to the procedure time and only drank clear liquids up to two hours before the procedure.

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Comment from: Carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

The preparation for the upper endoscopy I had yesterday was very minimal. I had to stop eating all solid foods at midnight the night before. Then since it wasn't scheduled until 1:00 in the afternoon I was allowed to have a clear liquid breakfast. Six hours before the procedure I wasn't allowed to have anything else, not even water. I was also told to take my prescription medicines at least 6 hours before and to discontinue taking all over the counter medicines the night before.

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