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Preparing for an Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
Preparing for the procedure
7 days before endoscopy
Stop taking iron, aspirin, aspirin products, or Pepto Bismol.
Please note that Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not interfere with the procedure. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions about your medication, especially if you have been told not to stop taking these drugs suddenly without medical advice.
5 days before endoscopy
Stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. Motrin, Advil (ibuprofen), Feldene, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Celebrex and Vioxx).
1 day before endoscopy
Do not eat any solid food after midnight, the night before the procedure.
Day of endoscopy
Nothing to eat or drink at least 8 hours before the procedure.
Medication can be taken 4 hours before examination with little sips of water. DO NOT TAKE ANY ANTACIDS OR CARAFATE BEFORE THE PROCEDURE or any of the medications mentioned.
Wear loose comfortable clothing. You may keep short sleeve clothing on during the procedure under the gown we provide. The procedure room can be cold, so you may wish to bring socks too.