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How to Survive a Colonoscopy Prep Day in 10 Steps

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Doctor talking to male patient.

1. Talk with your gastroenterologist

Man shopping at pharmacy.

2. Choose your prep solution

Clear broth.

3. Pick out your liquids

Adult coloring book.

4. Find an activity to do on your prep day

People pointing at woman with fingers in her ears blocking them.

5. Avoid work or school on your prep day, if you can

Woman setting timer.

6. Make a game out of drinking your prep solution

Woman watching movie on tablet at home.

7. Watch your favorite movie on a laptop or tablet

Box of wet wipes.

8. Stock up on wipes

Husband and wife holding hands for support.

9. Ask a friend or family member to join you

Thumbs up in support.

10. You’ve got this!

Mandy Patterson

Mandy Patterson

Mandy is a patient expert and advocate for ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. She started down the road to advocacy after receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis in 2013, after experiencing complications of UC since 2010.

She’s a full-time technical writer and technical writing instructor for Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional writing. For her master’s thesis she wrote about the quality patient education materials for those diagnosed with UC, and the need for technical writers in the IBD medical field.

Mandy is a Social Ambassador for the IBD HealthCentral Facebook page.