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Your efforts at cleansing your colon are essential for an accurate procedure. These instructions are designed to maximize the ease, safety and success of your preparation. Please read these instructions carefully at least one week prior to your exam. Obtain Clenpiq Bowel Prep from your pharmacist (NOTE: this requires a prescription).
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be continued or substituted as a pain-reliever for aspirin.
You may have a regular breakfast. After breakfast, you will need to go on a clear liquid diet. You can drink clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to your appointment. Avoid juices with pulp such as orange or grapefruit juice. No dairy products, cream or soy. Coffee and tea are O.K. Examples of clear liquids include broth and bouillon, Jell-O, clear juices (white grape or apple), sports drinks such as Gatorade or PowerAde, sodas such as Sprite, 7-Up, or ginger ale, lemonade, popsicles, coffee or tea and of course, water. Avoid red or purple colored liquids. You may use sugar, honey, or lemon. It is important that you drink as much fluid as you can throughout the day. It is also worthwhile to get a supply of aloe wet wipes and Desitin ointment to ward off a sore bottom.
You will not be allowed to drive for 12 hours after the procedure.
The stool should be watery in consistency. It does not have to be clear in color like water since digestive juices will continue to tint the stool yellow and small flecks of debris are not a problem as long as the stool is not muddy or thick. If there is any question, you can self administer a fleet enema prior to leaving home for the procedure..
Since the prep works by flooding the intestinal tract with fluid, abdominal bloating and cramping may occur, as well as some nausea and vomiting. This is usually temporary, and as the diarrhea develops, symptoms will gradually improve. Weakness can also occur, especially if you have not taken enough fluid with the prep, and can be remedied by increasing fluid intake (especially with sports drinks such as Gatorade or PowerAde).
Medications taken at least an hour before beginning the prep should be adequately absorbed, but thereafter, they are likely to be washed away by the prep.
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