Do I have to cancel the colonoscopy if I mess up bowel preparation?

This question was asked in Saginaw, Michigan on 04/18/2012.
I have a colonoscopy scheduled, but I ate a meal (a burger at King Whopper) at 5 p.m. Should I still take the Magnesium Citrate, Dulcolax tablets and do the enema, or should I cancel the colonoscopy appointment? I did not realize that I was supposed to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day before the colonoscopy procedure. Should I continue or cancel?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/19/2012

Please call the physician's office immediately to talk about the scheduled colonoscopy procedure.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/19/2012

You need to call your doctor to find out whether you need to cancel your colonoscopy.