3 days before your VCE

Video capsule endoscopy of the small bowel

3 days before your VCE

  • Stop taking any medicines that contain codeine.
  • Stop taking any medicines that contain loperamide (Imodium).
  • Keep taking all your other medicines as usual.
  • Start having small meals and follow our food guide.
  • Drink lots of fluids, try to have 2 litres (about 8 to 10 glasses) each day.

Food guide

You can eat or drink:

  • water, including flavoured water
  • black tea or black coffee (no milk)
  • soft drinks (including fizzy and energy drinks)
  • chewing gum
  • boiled sweets that are dissolved slowly
  • clear soup or stock (no solids in it and not pureed)
  • Bovril or Marmite as a hot drink (only 1 mug as it’s salty)
  • clear fruit or vegetable juice with no bits

Do not drink:

  • do not drink milk
  • do not drink red or purple drinks
  • do not drink alcohol

Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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