Colonoscopy instructions

 IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. The success of the procedure depends on the bowel being as clean as possible, otherwise the procedure may need to be postponed. 

The preparation will cause multiple bowel movements and sometimes stomach cramping. You will need to be close to a toilet once you start the preparation.

Take your usual medication (heart, blood pressure) with a sip of water on the day of your procedure.

Diabetic medication- consult your Doctor/nurse.

STOP- blood thinning medication eg. Asprin, Warfarin, Cartia one week before your procedure or as advised by your Doctor.

You must have a responsible adult to collect you after your procedure.

 

TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR COLONOSCOPY

You need to start a low fibre diet.

STOP eating fruit, vegetables, wholegrain bread, high fibre cereal, and anything with seeds or nuts. Avoid fibre supplements e.g. Metamucil, Normafibe or Normacol.   

You may eat  meat, fish, chicken, eggs, cottage cheese, plain yoghurt, custard, white bread, muffins, crumpets,  pasta, white  rice, well-cooked pumpkin or peeled potato, wedges with sour cream, picklets and doughnuts Drink a variety of fluids, approximately 3 litres throughout the day. 

ONE DAY BEFORE YOUR COLONOSCOPY  

CLEAR FLUIDS ALL DAY  - NO SOLID FOOD

CLEAR FLUIDS: Water of any kind. CLEAR  fruit juices (apple, pear and grape), plain jelly, black tea (herbal tea) and coffee, bonox, chicken stock, clear soup(broth), cordial, lucozade, staminade, lemonade, Gatorade and gastrolyte.

AVOID red and purple jellies and drinks, cloudy fruit juices with pulp and milk/dairy products. Drink at least 1-2 glasses of fluid every hour.

    

If you are booked in for a morning Procedure (7am – 1pm) :                                                 

The day before your procedure                                                                 

1st  dose 4pm :

Mix the contents of one sachet of PICOPREP in   ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink   mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.                                    

2nd dose 6pm 

Mix the contents of the large sachet  GLYCOPREP  in 1 litre of water. Drink over 1 hour (1 glass every 15 minutes until   finished

3rd dose 8pm:

Mix the contents of the last sachet of PICOPREP in ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink   mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.   Drink at least 3 glasses of clear fluid before going to bed. 

Nil by mouth from midnight.      

 

If you are booked in for an afternoon procedure:(1pm-5pm)

The day before your procedure  

1st dose 6pm :

Mix the contents of one sachet of PICOPREP in ½ glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink mixture followed by a glass of clear fluids.

2nd dose 8pm:

Mix the contents of the large sachet GLYCOPREP in 1 litre of water. Drink over  1 hour ( 1 glass every 15 minutes until finished).Drink at least 3 glasses of clear fluid before going to bed.

DAY OF PROCEDURE/ADMISSION:

Final dose 6am:

 Mix the contents of the last sachet of PICOPREP in 1/2 glass of warm water, stir until dissolved. Drink mixture followed by one glass of water only. Then Nil by mouth.

 

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