Capsule Endoscopy Instructions

Capsule Endoscopy Instructions

To ensure a successful exam, please follow all instructions carefully. Please bring a list of all your current medications, including any over-the-counter medications with you.
If you must reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call +1 (203) 237-2477 .


  • Please notify our nursing staff if you have had any major health or medication changes since scheduling your procedure. This could affect your preparation instructions.
  • Pick up the prescribed bowel preparation kit at your pharmacy. We recommend that you call your pharmacy prior to picking up the prep to ensure they have the prescription.
  • Purchase Simethicone (Gas Ex) Chewable tablets.
  • Prepare for a clear liquid diet. Purchase clear pulp-free juices (apple, white grape, white cranberry), sports drinks, broth, popsicles, hard candy, coffee and tea without milk or cream—NO Red or Purple Liquids
  • Stop Taking
    • Iron pills or vitamins with iron
    • Fish Oil
  • Stop Eating
    • Seeds, nuts, tomatoes, berries, multigrain breads


  • No tobacco products 24 hours prior test
  • Start clear liquid diet after lunch. No solid foods, red or purple liquids, chewing gum, and alcohol.
  • Male patients will need to shave six inches above and below the navel.
  • No liquids after 10:00 pm. You may drink a sip of water to take regular evening medications.
  • Drink ½ liter (16 oz.) of bowel prep solution around 6:00 pm. *Drinking through a straw may help with the taste. You may also suck on hard candy while drinking the solution.
  • After finishing half of the prep solution, drink two (2) 8 oz. glasses of water.
  • Nausea is common while drinking prep. If this occurs, stop drinking for 30 minutes before restarting. Walking around may help relieve nausea.
  • Bowel movements usually occur within 3 hours of starting prep, but may take longer. It is recommended to stay near a restroom at this point.
  • Patients that are Diabetic
    • Evening Dose Only: Take ½ the dose of your diabetic medication(s) the day before your procedure
    • No dose the day of the procedure


  • Nothing to eat or drink. No candy or chewing gum.
  • Morning of capsule endoscopy, chew two Simthicone (Gas Ex) tablets. Do not take any other medications.
  • Wear comfortable clothes; two-piece outfit is preferable.
  • Arrive on time at the designated location with completed paperwork, photo ID, and insurance card.


  • Nothing to eat or drink for at least two hours after ingesting capsule
  • You may start clear liquids (apple, white grape, white cranberry), sports drinks, broth, popsicles, hard candy, coffee and tea without milk or cream) two hours after ingestion.
  • You may have a light snack four after ingestion.
  • You must stay away from any source of powerful electromagnetic fields, such as a MRI or amateur (HAM) radio, until the capsule is excreted.
  • The capsule endoscopy should last approximately 8 hours. During this time, try to avoid any strenuous activity. Do not bend or stoop during the testing period.
  • Avoid sudden movements and banging of the Data Recorder.
  • During the testing period, you will need to confirm every 15 minutes that the small green/blue light on top of the recorder is blinking. Please contact our office if the blinking stops.
  • Record the time and the nature of any events, such as: eating, drinking, and unusual sensations. Be sure to bring these notes when you return the equipment.
  • Call our office if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or other concerning symptoms.


  • Be sure to return all equipment. Instruction will be given at the beginning of the test.
  • Contact our office if you cannot positively verify the excretion of the capsule, or if you develop unexplained abdominal pain or vomiting.