Colonoscopy Preparation: DIACOL (Capsules)

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AFTERNOON PROCEDURE

Please buy from the chemist: DIACOL.  There are 32 tablets in total. Carefully follow the instructions below on how to mix these solutions

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)

Cornflakes 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.

4.00 pm       FIRST DOSE OF PREPARATION

4 tablets should be taken with at least one full gall of water (250ml) every 15 minutes for a total of 20 tablets.  DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN 20 TABLETS.  Please remember to also continue to drink clear fluids during this time.

6.00 am morning of procedure     SECOND DOSE OF PREPARATION

4 tablets should be taken with a full glass of water (250ml) every 15 minutes for a total of 12 tablets.  DO NOT TAKE MORE THAN 12 TABLETS.  Please remember to continue to drink clear fluids during this time.

After a short time the preparations will cause multiple bowel movements, resulting in diarrhoea and watery stools.  DO NOT LIE DOWN for a least 2 hours after drinking the mixture as walking around will improve it’s effectiveness in clearing the large intestine.

From the time you start at the preparations at 4.00 pm do not leave the house and stay close to the bathroom.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP DRINKING THE APPROVED CLEAR FLUIDS UNTIL THE FASTING TIME.  THE REQUIRED FASTING TIME IS 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR  PROCEDURE.  FASTING MEANS NOTHING TO EAT,  DRINK, SUCK OR CHEW.