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Preparing for your Colonoscopy

MIRALAX/GATORADE COLONOSCOPY PREPARATION

We will provide but you must pick up items at least two days prior to your procedure:
1.  GATORADE (64 ounces) of lemonade or other clear Gatorade (pick up in GI Lab)
2.  LAXATIVES:  (pick up in Crown Point Pharmacy, Suite101):

  • DULCOLAX 5mg tablets (four tablets)
  • MIRALAX BOTTLE 238 grams (over the counter only)

The DAY BEFORE your colonoscopy:

Drink Clear Liquids Only! ABSOLUTELY NO SOLID FOOD!

Examples of clear liquids: Water, clear fruit juices such as apple or white grape, chicken or beef bouillon, Jell-O (no RED or PURPLE), clear Gatorade, popsicles (no RED or PURPLE), clear soft drinks, coffee without cream or sugar.

NO MILK OR MILK PRODUCTS. NO ORANGE JUICE. NO RED OR PURPLE JELLO OR JUICES.

3 PM: Take 2 DULCOLAX tablets

5 PM: Mix the entire bottle of MIRALAX into the 64 ounces of GATORADE.  Shake the solution until fully dissolved. Drink an 8 ounce glass every 30 minutes until the solution is gone.

7 PM: Take the last 2 DULCOLAX tablets.

NOTHING BY MOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

The DAY OF your colonoscopy:

You may take any necessary medications with a sip of water.

Bring along someone to take you home. If you do not have a driver present your procedure will be cancelled. You should NOT plan on working or driving the rest of the day due to sedation given at the procedure. 

Important Medication Instructions

No aspirin, aspirin by-products or Plavix for 1 week prior to your colonoscopy.
No Coumadin for 5 days or check with your physician who orders the Coumadin.
Please contact the physician that prescribed the aspirin, Plavix, and Coumadin to see if this is acceptable.

REMEMBER: The preparation is very important. An adequate clean out allows for the best evaluation of your entire colon. During the preparation time, using baby wipes or "Tucks" and Desitin ointment may ease some of your discomfort.

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