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Upper Endoscopy (EGD) – Prep Instructions


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Planning for the procedure


Following are your instructions for taking medicines and preparing for your procedure. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure a successful exam.


7 days before your upper endoscopy:

1 day before your upper endoscopy:

You may have your normal diet the day before the procedure.


Day of your upper endoscopy:

Stop eating all solid foods 6 hours before your procedure. Clear liquids are acceptable to drink.

 Allowed clear liquids

 Non-clear liquids Not allowed
  • Gatorade, Pedialyte, or Powerade

  • Coffee or tea (no milk or non-dairy creamer)

  • Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks

  • Kool-Aid or other fruit-flavored drinks

  • Apple juice, white cranberry or white grape juice

  • Jell-O, popsicles, hard candy

  • Chicken, beef or vegetable broth

  • Red or purple items of any kind

  • alcohol

  • Milk or non-dairy creamers

  • Juice with pulp

  • Any liquid you cannot see through


2 hours before your procedure:


Bring a list of all of your current medicines, including any over-the-counter medicines with you.


UMHS Medical Procedures Unit - August 2014