Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions

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The colon must be completely clean for the examination to be successful.  Inadequate cleaning of the bowel may result in the procedure having to be repeated, so please follow the instructions carefully.

We recommend the use of PREPKIT C to prepare the bowel for colonoscopy. You can purchase this from The Endoscopy Centre or your pharmacy. The kit contains 2 PICOPREP sachets and 1 GLYCO- PREP C sachet.

The bowel preparation solution will cause multiple bowel motions, usually within the first 2-3 hours after the first dose. You may also experience intermittent abdominal cramps.

TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE
Try to consume a low fibre diet.  Stop eating brown bread, cereals, fruits, vegetables and anything containing seeds.  We also recommend that you avoid yellow cheese.

You may eat:
Eggs, steamed white fish, poached chicken, cottage cheese, low fat plain yoghurt, white bread, white pasta, white rice, jelly (lemon, lime or orange), skim milk, well cooked and peeled pumpkin and potato.

Drink at least 3 litres of approved clear fluids.

Approved clear fluids include:

  • Water, black tea and black coffee
  • Strained fruit juices without the pulp (apple or pear juice)
  • Clear soups such as broth and Bonox
  • Jelly (lemon, lime or orange)
  • Cordial (lemon, lime or orange)
  • Carbonated soft drinks (lemonade, lemon squash, ginger ale, mineral water)
  • Clear ice blocks
  • You MUST avoid red and purple food colouring.

In the evening, make up the sachet of GLYCO PREP C with 1 litre of water, following the instructions on the packet, and refrigerate it overnight.

THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Have a light breakfast (stewed fruit and poached egg – no cereal or bread).

After breakfast you may have clear fluids only.  No solid foods or dairy products are permitted until after your examination.

3 pm – The First Dose
Empty the entire contents of 1 sachet of PICOPREP into a glass (250mls) of warm water and stir until dissolved. You may chill this for half an hour if preferred. Drink the mixture slowly but completely. Follow this with glasses of approved clear fluids (at least 1 glass per hour) to avoid dehydration.

6 pm – The Second Dose
Remove the GLYCO-PREP C from the refrigerator and drink one glass of the preparation every 15 minutes. You should consume the entire litre of the GLYCO-PREP C solution within one hour.

If you start to feel nauseous whilst drinking the preparation, slow down the rate of intake.

9 pm – The Third Dose
Empty the entire contents of 1 sachet of PICOPREP into a glass (250mls) of warm water and stir until dissolved. You may chill this for half an hour if preferred. Drink the mixture slowly but completely. Follow this with one (1) litre of approved clear fluids to avoid dehydration until six (6) hours before your appointment.

DAY OF THE PROCEDURE
Do not
drink any fluids for six (6) hours before your appointment time.

 

IMPORTANT

DO NOT DRINK ANY FLUIDS FOR 6 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME