Charles E. McBride, M.D. 

Upper Endoscopy Prep

Virginia Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Inc.

Charles E. McBride, M.D.




u Do not take Carafate or antacids for 24 hours prior to your procedure.  Continue all other medications, including the day of your procedure, with a small sip of water.  You do NOT have to stop Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex, Protonix, Prevacid, Zantac, Pepcid, or Tagamet.

u Diabetic Patients:  Do not take your diabetic medication on the day of your procedure, until after the procedure.  We will try to schedule your procedure in the morning if possible.

u Aspirin and Coumadin/Plavix:  Stop Asiprin 5 days before the procedure, unless otherwise directed.  Stop Coumadin/Plavix 3 days before the procedure, unless otherwise directed.  Avoid Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other “non-streoidal anti-inflammatories” for 5 days before your procedure.  If you have to take something, Tylenol is preferred.

u Blood Pressure Medicine:  Continue to take your blood pressure medicine just like normal, including the day of your procedure.

u MORNING PROCEDURES:  Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure.  You can take your medications with a sip of water.

u AFTERNOON PROCEDURES:  Do not eat breakfast on the morning of your procedure.  If your arrival time is scheduled for 11:00 AM or after, you may drink clear liquids until 9:00 AM the day of your procedure.  Clear liquids that you may have include water, coffee, tea, carbonated beverages (i.e. Coke, Ginger Ale, 7-Up, etc.), Jell-O gelatin without food particles, ices and Popsicles, clear fruit juices, broth, bouillon, Gatorade, and Powerade as long as they are NOT RED in color. 

u Be sure to arrange a ride home.  After IV sedation, you are not allowed to drive home as you are considered legally “impaired”.  You can anticipate being at the Surgery Center for approximately 2 ½ hours.

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