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Colonoscopy Preparation Sample


The following are examples of the Halflytely and Fleet Phospho soda preps you will need to prepare for your colonoscopy.  The instructions from you doctor may vary.

Halflytely

You doctor will give you a prescription for the Halflytely laxative preparation kit that includes Halflytely (half gallon) and 2 Bisacodyl tablets.  A ten-ounce bottle of lemon flavored Magnesium Citrate will also be required and can be purchased at any pharmacy.

The Day Before

Drink lots of clear liquids, no solid foods.

Acceptable liquids include: water, sports drinks (no red or purple), apple juice, clear broth or bouillon, carbonated soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi), Jell-O (without fruit), white grape juice, white cranberry juice, black coffee, and tea.

Do not drink any milk, non-dairy creamers, orange or grapefruit juice.

In the morning mix the Halflytely and put it in the refrigerator along with the Magnesium Citrate.

Around noon take the Bisacodyl tablets with water.  Within 1 to 2 hours you will start experiencing cramping and the urge to have a bowel movement. 

Continuing drinking plenty of fluids all afternoon.

At 6:00 pm begin drinking the half-gallon of Halflytely.  Drink 8 ounce glasses every 10 to 15 minutes until it is gone.  It may take several hours for your colon to be completely clear.

Drink an 8 ounce glass of liquid ever hour until bedtime.

The Day of the Procedure

4 hours before the procedure drink the bottle of Magnesium Citrate.  Drink 2 to 4 glasses of liquid within the next hour.

Do not eat or drink anything 3 hours before your procedure.

Wear comfortable loose clothing to the endoscopy center.


Fleet Phospho Soda

Available from most pharmacies, purchase two 1.5 (45ml) bottles of Fleet Phospho Soda and four chewable Gax X (Simethecone) tablets, plain, mint or lemon flavored.

The Day Before

Drink lots of clear liquids, no solid foods.

Acceptable liquids include: water, sports drinks (no red or purple), apple juice, clear broth or bouillon, carbonated soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi), Jell-O (without fruit), white grape juice, white cranberry juice, black coffee, and tea.

Do not drink any milk, non-dairy creamers, orange or grapefruit juice.
Starting in the morning, begin drinking plenty of fluids every 30 to 60 minutes.  Continue throughout the day.

At 6:00 pm mix the first 1.5 ounce bottle of Fleet Phospho Soda with a half cup of water or clear soft drink (Sprite or Ginger Ale).  Drink the mixture within 20 minutes of preparing.   Take 2 Gas X tables and drink 8 to 16 ounces of liquid within the next hour.

Continue drinking at least 4 more glasses of liquid before going to bed.

The Day of the Procedure

4 hours before the procedure mix the second bottle of Fleet Phospho Soda.  Drink within 20 minutes and take 2 Gas X tablets.   Drink 8 to 16 ounces of liquid within the next hour.

Drink fluids until 3 hours before the procedure.
 
Nothing to eat or drink 3 hours before the procedure.

Wear comfortable loose clothing to the endoscopy center.



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