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Endoscopy instruction sheet

The following information is a guide for your preparation for a colonoscopy procedure, if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact our helpful staff.

Instructions for Colonprep

Please note the instructions outlined below depend on whether your appointment is booked for the morning or the afternoon. 

YOU WILL NEED TO STOP YOUR BLOOD THINNING MEDICATION.  PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

The success of your examination depends on the bowel being as clear as possible, otherwise the examination may need to be postponed and the preparation repeated.

THIS KIT CONTAINS:

1. ColonLYTELY 68.58g sachet

2. PICOLAX 20g sachets

These solutions are designed to clean out your bowel and therefore will give you diarrhoea for a few hours.  The preparation may cause multiple bowel movements.  It usually induces frequent, loose bowel movements within two to three hours of taking the first dose, however individual responses to laxatives vary.  Please remain within easy reach of toilet facilities.  Sometimes a feeling of bloating and/or nausea may occur after the first few glasses of the solution, however this will pass when the bowel movements begin.  You should be passing clear fluid by the end of this time.

Two days before the Examination

You may have any of the following:  white bread, cornflakes, eggs, jellies, tea & coffee, boiled potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, marrow, squash, chokos, ripe bananas, peaches, pears, stewed apples (no skins), poultry & fish, milk and butter.

NO RED MEAT

One day before the Examination

The day before your procedure you are permitted to have a light breakfast only (tea/coffee and toast).

Make up the sachet of ColonLYTELY with 1 Litre of water, following the INSTRUCTIONS on the back of the packet. Chill in the refrigerator until required to drink.

Do not Discard Empty Packet to ensure directions are followed. 

AFTER A LIGHT BREAKFAST (NO SEEDS OR NUTS). HAVE NO SOLID FOODS OR MILK OR MILK PRODUCTS.

It is imperative that you drink plenty of liquids during this time.  Below is a list of approved clear fluids:

APPROVED CLEAR LIQUIDS: 

Water, Clear Fruit juices (Apple, Pear & Grape), Plain Jellies, Black Tea/Coffee, no milk, Bonox, Lucozade, Carbonated Beverages, Barley Sugar, Clear Broth or Clear Boullion, Clear Fruit Cordials (Lemon, Clear Lime (no red or purple colours).

If your Colonoscopy is booked in the morning

The day before you procedure is booked:

1. First Dose: 4:00pm.

Add the entire contents of ONE Sachet of PICOPREP in a glass of water. Drink slowly until completed. Follow this with a few glasses of water or other Approved Liquids.

2. Second Dose: 6:00pm.

Remove the made up ColonLYTELY from the refrigerator following the INSTRUCTION on the back of the packet. You should try to drink a glass of the preparation every 15 minutes. If you start to feel nauseous whilst drinking the preparation, slow down the rate of intake.

3. Third Dose: 8:00pm.

Add the entire contents of ONE Sachet of PICOPREP in a glass of water. Drink slowly until competed. Follow this with a few glasses of water or other Approved Liquids.

On the day of your procedure:
NO MORE FLUIDS 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE ALLOWED.       

If your Colonoscopy is booked in the afternoon

The day before your procedure is booked:

1. First Dose: 6.00pm.

Add the entire contents of ONE Sachet of PICOPREP in a glass of water.  Drink slowly until completed.  Follow this with a few glasses of water or other Approved liquids.

2. Second Dose: 8.00pm.

Remove the made up ColonLYTELY from the refrigerator following the INSTRUCTION on the back of the packet.  You should try to drink a glass of the preparation every 15 minutes.  If you start to feel nauseous whilst drinking the preparation, slow down the rate of intake.

3. Third Dose: 7.00am (Day of Procedure)

Add the entire contents of ONE sachet of PICOPREP in a glass of water.  Drink slowly until completed.  Follow this with a few glasses of water or other Approved liquids, then: NO MORE FLUIDS 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE ALLOWED.

If you have any questions regarding the procedure or your preparation, please do not hesitate to phone our friendly staff on 07 5539 3999.