Colonoscopy Preparation: Colocaps (Capsule)

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MORNING PROCEDURE

Please buy from the chemist COLOCAPS.  This bottle contains 65 tablets.  For optimal results, please follow the instructions below.

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

THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE

Please avoid the following

  • brown bread
  • high fibre
  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • any food containing nuts or cheese

PLEASE DRINK AT LEAST 12 GLASSES OF WATER OR APPLE JUICE EACH DAY

Please choose from the following menu

BREAKFAST

  • Clear fruit juice (apple or pear)
  • Cornfalkes or rice bubbles with milk
  • Eggs
  • White bread or toast with butter, margarine, honey or vegemite

LUNCH

  • Clear fruit juice (apple or pear)
  • Clear chicken soup
  • White bread sandwich with any of these fillings – chicken, beef, fish, egg
  • Stewed or tinned fruit without skin
  • Tea and coffee (milk and sugar allowed)

DINNER

  • Clear fruit juice (apple or pear), ginger ale, tea, coffee
  • Steamed or grill lean meat: chicken, fish, lamb or beef
  • Mashed or boiled peeled potatoes, peeled pumpkin, peeled choko
  • White rice or plain noodles or white pasta
  • Stewed or tinned fruit (without skins) with ice cream

SNACKS

  • Tea, coffee, apple or pear juice, lemonade
  • Plain biscuit (eg Jatz, milk arrowroot, Sao), plain sponge cake, crumpet, yoghurt, custards or plain jelly

ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE

CLEAR FLUIDS ONLY ALL DAY.  NO SOLID FOODS, MILK PRODUCTS OR ALCOHOL ARE ALLOWED.

Approved Clear Fluids

  • Water
  • Apple or pear juice
  • Plain jelly (light colours)
  • Bonox
  • Black tea or coffee
  • Lucozade
  • Gatorade
  • Staminade
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Barley sugar drink
  • Clear broth
  • Lime or lemon cordial

Do not eat jelly or drink fluids with red, green or purple colouring

Drink at least 3 litres of approved fluids PLUS the preparation liquids below.

You will need to take 65 capsules in all.  The capsules are most easily swallowed 5 at a time though can be swallowed individually if preferred.

3.00 pm     Swallow the first 5 capsules.  You should “wash down” these (and each lot of 10) capsules by drinking a large glass (at least 350ml) of clear liquid of your choice.

4.00 pm     Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

4.30 pm     Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

5.00 pm     Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

5.30 pm     Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

6.00 pm    Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

6.30 pm     Take 10 capsules and at least 350ml drink

You should continue to drink clear fluids after completing the capsule preparation.  After midnight you MUST NOT have anything further to eat or drink until the colonoscopy procedure is completed.

A vital part of this preparation is that you drink.  Not only does this prevent dehydration, but it forms an important part of the cleansing process