November 17, 2021

Colonoscopy Prep

Ace your colon exam with Gifthealth

So, you’ve reached THAT age. Your doctor says it’s time for a colonoscopy. No need to stress. We’ve got the how-tos to help you get through it.

Why get a colon exam?

You may have already heard the basics from your doctor, but they bear repeating. Beginning at age 45, you should get a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer. It’s all about catching this form of cancer early.  

Statistics from The American Cancer Society predict about 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in a year. For approximately 50,000 of those people, the cancer will be fatal. It is the 3rd most common cause of cancer-related death.  But when detected early, it has a 90% survival rate. 

Prep like a pro with Gifthealth

Gifthealth makes it easier and more affordable to prepare for your exam with 
- Personalized service from our team of experts, including a quick call you to verify your details, collect your copay (if required) and answer any questions you may have. 
- The lowest possible price with automatically applied savings from coupons, discounts and in some cases manufacturer partnerships. 
- Additional medications including Ducalax, Simethicone and Miralax, required for some patients, are available in unit amounts to save you unnecessary cost for medications you don’t need.  
- FREE delivery for all medications and instructions.

*Pro tip* It used to be that getting ready for a colon exam meant drinking a gallon of unpleasant prep liquid. However, new medications are available that make it possible to skip the swigs and take a pill instead. Ask your doctor about your options. 

How to get your prescription from Gifthealth.

There are two simple ways to get your colonoscopy prep medications.
1.     Tell your doctor you’d prefer to have your prescriptions sent to Gifthealth.
2.    If you already have a prescription, you can transfer it to us by texting ‘transfer’ to 614-618-4044 or by calling 614-725-3335.

What to do prior to your exam.

Here’s a quick checklist you can follow in the week leading up to your exam. 

- One week prior, avoid eating the following foods: 

  • Grains, including brown rice, oatmeal, and wheat bread
  • Nuts, seeds, including poppy or sesame seeds
  • Whole kernel corn, broccoli, cabbage, beans, or peas
  • Raw fruits and vegetables

Because you will be anesthetized during your exam, it’s also a good idea at this time to arrange transportation for the day of your appointment. 

- Two days prior, drink up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated will be important once you’ve begun clearing your bowels. 

- One day prior, begin fasting, meaning do not eat any solid food, but you should continue drinking clear liquids.  

At this time, you’ll also take ½ of the medication prescribed to clear your bowels, according to “split dosing” recommendations by the The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Follow the instructions that came with the medication and call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. 

- The day of your exam, take the second half of your bowel prep medication. Timing will depend on your appointment. As a general rule, the second dose should be taken 6-8 hours prior to your exam. Check with your doctor. 

Cease drinking liquids two hours prior to your appointment. 

What to expect from your exam.

Thanks to anesthesia, most patients report experiencing minimal discomfort. Typically, the exam takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Factoring in the observation period following your exam, you should expect your appointment to last a total of 2 to 3 hours.

Your health is important to us!

If you already have an appointment for your exam, congratulations on taking this essential step to protecting your health. If not, and you are 45 or older, you should schedule an exam sooner rather than later. Remember, the earlier colorectal cancer is detected the more treatable it is. 

If there’s anything we can do to help make your colonoscopy experience as stress-free as possible, give us a call!

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