COLONOSCOPY PREP INSTRUCTIONS

You will need to purchase: (over the counter)

  • Four Dulcolax/bisacodyl 5 mg. tablets
  • One 238 gram bottle of Miralax
  • 64 oz. of Gatorade or any other clear liquid of your choice (NO red or purple coloring)
  • One 10 oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate (CLEAR)

Two Days before your procedure: DO NOT eat vegetables or nuts.

The Day BEFORE the Procedure:

  • Only drink CLEAR liquids the entire day. There is no restriction on the amount you can drink.

CLEAR LIQUID DIET – ONLY the following are ALLOWED:

  • Clear bouillon or broth, Jello, and popsicles (no red or purple)
  • Regular or decaffeinated tea/coffee, (DO NOT put any milk/cream in your tea or coffee), apple and white grape juice, Kool-Aid, carbonated beverages, Gatorade, G2, Pedialyte, strained lemonade, limeade, orange drink (any juice you can see through and has no pule is acceptable).
  • NO red or purple.
  • NO solid foods, milk, or alcohol.
  • *Diabetics: Use G2 Gatorade, this product has less sugar. Contact your primary doctor or Endocrinologist regarding your diabetic medications.

5:00 pm (Day BEFORE procedure

  • Take 4 Dulcolax tablets all at once with at least 8 oz. of clear liquid.

6:00 pm (Day BEFORE procedure)

  • Mix the 238 gram bottle of MiraLAX in 64 oz. of Gatorade, water, tea or clear juice. Drink an 8 0z. glass of this mixture every 10-15 minutes until the solution is gone.

If you become nauseated and vomit, stop drinking the MiraLAX mixture until the nausea subsides, then resume drinking it at a slower pace until the solution is gone.

 10:00 pm (Night BEFORE procedure)

  • If your stool is not clear/yellow liquid, drink the entire bottle of Magnesium Citrate (no red or purple). If you are not sure if stools are acceptable, take the Magnesium Citrate.

 12:00 am (Night BEFORE Procedure)

  • DO NOT EAT/DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT until your procedure has been completed.
  • (Exception: If you take heart or blood pressure medication, you may take it on the morning of the procedure with a sip of water.)

If you do not follow these directions to achieve a good preparation for the colonoscopy, your procedure may be canceled or discontinued.

 

 

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