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Colonoscopy Preparation with Magnesium Citrate


 

For a printable PDF of these instructions, click here.
(*patients must arrive 1 hour before scheduled procedures) 


Appropriate bowel cleansing is one of the most important steps in performing a successful and accurate colonoscopy. Please read this sheet in advance of your procedure and follow these instructions carefully. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us.  

One week prior to procedure:

  • Purchase the following items at your local pharmacy:
    • Three 10 ounce (296 mL) bottles of Magnesium Citrate
    • Consider purchasing a large bottle (64 ounces) of a sports drink (but not red/purple) to stay hydrated
  • Avoid red/purple foods, nuts, seeds, popcorn, grapes, peas, beans and tomatoes since these food may interfere with preparation.
  • If you take blood thinners such as Aspirin (or Aspirin containing products), Plavix (Clopidogrel), Effient (Prasugrel), Coumadin (Warfarin), Pradaxa (Dabigatran), Xarelto (Rivaroxaban), Eliquis (Apixaban), or any other blood thinners please inform us in advance so that these medicines can be adjusted appropriately.
  • If you are a diabetic and take insulin or other medications to lower your blood sugar please inform us in advance so that these medicines can be adjusted appropriately.
  • Stop any anti-inflammatory medicines (Aleve, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen). You can take Tylenol if needed for pain.
  • Stop taking iron supplements or vitamins containing iron.

On the day before the procedure:

  • You may have a light breakfast.
  • You will need to be on a “clear/thin” liquid diet for the rest of the day. Examples of clear/thin liquids include water, broth, Jell-o, juices, sports drinks, sodas, ginger ale, lemonade, popsicles, coffee/tea (without milk).
  • Avoid red or purple colored liquids, juices with pulp, dairy products.
  • It is important to stay hydrated and drink as much fluid as you can throughout the day!

The preparation:

  • If your procedure is in the morning:
    • Drink the first bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 6 pm the night before your procedure.
    • Drink the second bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 8 pm the night before your procedure.
    • Drink the third bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 10 pm the night before your procedure.
    • Drink plenty of fluids (sports drink or water) to help the cleansing process and to stay hydrated. 
  • If your procedure is in the afternoon:
    • Drink the first bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 8 pm the night before your procedure.
    • Drink the second bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 10 pm the night before your procedure.
    • Drink the third bottle of Magnesium Citrate at 6 am the morning of your procedure.
    • Drink plenty of fluids (sports drink or water) to help the cleansing process and to stay hydrated.
    • Do not eat or drink anything within 4 hours of your procedure.

The day of the procedure:

  • Do not drink anything within 4 hours of your procedure otherwise your procedure may be cancelled.
  • You can take your regular medications (unless instructed otherwise) with water; but try to do so 4 hours before your procedure. If you have an early morning procedure, you can bring your medications with you and take them after your procedure.
  • Please arrive at your designated location at least 45 minutes early to allow for registration so that your procedure is not delayed.
  • Women of child-bearing age may be asked to provide a urine sample to ensure you are not pregnant.
  • You should be accompanied by a relative/friend to help you get home after the procedure.
  • You should not drive or drink alcohol for 12 hours after the procedure.

Procedure Locations:

    

920 Park Avenue

Ground Floor

New York, NY 10028

T: (212) 535-3400

 

Carnegie Hill Endoscopy Center

1516 Lexington Avenue (at East 98th street)

New York, NY 10029

T: (212) 860-6300

 

Mount Sinai Hospital Endoscopy Unit

1184 5th Avenue (at East 100th street)

New York, NY 10029

T: (212) 659-8961 (scheduling)

T: (212) 241-6277 (endo unit)


Cancelling or Rescheduling:

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule please call us at 212-535-3400 to inform us and allow other patients to use the procedure time.
  • There is a $50 fee for no-shows and late cancellations (less than 3 business days). 

Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions!

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