Liver Associates of Texas, P.A.


Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) Upper endoscopy is a Gastroenterology/Hepatology procedure where a flexible video endoscope is inserted into the mouth to look inside the upper digestive tract consisting of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine or the duodenum. Patients exhibiting symptoms of abdominal or chest pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, bleeding or swallowing problems may need to undergo an EGD to identify and treat their condition.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD) Preparation:

7 DAYS PRIOR: Before your upper endoscopy, Stop taking Phentermine (Adipex-P, Lomira, Fastin, Phentercot) Phentermine, and topiramate (Qsymia). If you take aspirin or NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, Celebrex, or ibuprofen, you may continue to take them as usual, If you take a blood thinner like Plavix, Pradaxa, Clopidogrel, Coumadin, warfarin, Effient, Prasugrel or Lovenox, ask your health care provider for specific instructions.

Day of Upper Endoscopy (EGD):

Do not eat food after midnight. Please only drink clear liquids, but then NOTHING AT ALL BY MOUTH 4 HOURS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE. This includes no chewing gum or hard candy 4 hours before.

You may drink clear liquids up to 4 hours before the procedure. Water, tea, coffee (no milk or cream), soda, clear juice, popsicles, and JELL-O are examples of clear liquids. You should take your regular medications with sips of water the day of the procedure unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Except this, have nothing at all by mouth 4 hours prior, or your procedure will be cancelled.

​In order for your procedure to be performed, you must arrange for an adult to drive you home. The entire procedure appointment may take at least 3 to 4 hours to complete. Following this, you may leave with the approval of our team.

Information Provided By: Brigham & Women’s Faulkner © & Michigan Medicine ©