How do I prepare for a capsule endoscopy?

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An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination during a capsule endoscopy (a procedure in which a miniature capsule, similar to the size and shape of a pill, is used to record images through the digestive tract), so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately 12 hours before the examination. Your doctor will tell you when to start fasting.

Speak with you doctor in advance about any medications you take, including iron, aspirin, bismuth subsalicylate products and other "over-the-counter" medications. You might need to adjust your usual dose prior to the examination. Notify your doctor of the presence of a pacemaker, previous abdominal surgery, or previous history of obstructions in the bowel, inflammatory bowel disease or adhesions.
An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately twelve hours before the examination. Your doctor will tell you when to start fasting. Tell your doctor in advance about any medications you take including iron, aspirin, bismuth subsalicylate products and other over-the-counter medications. You might need to adjust your usual dose prior to the examination. Discuss any allergies to medications as well as medical conditions, such as swallowing disorders and heart or lung disease. Tell your doctor of the presence of a pacemaker or defibrillator, previous abdominal surgery, or previous history of bowel obstructions, inflammatory bowel disease or adhesions. Your doctor may ask you to do a bowel prep/cleansing prior to the examination. 

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