PICO-SULPHATE BOWEL PREP
Picosulfate (PicoPrep® and Picolax®) are popular small volume laxatives taken orally the day before your colonoscopy. These are available at most chemists without the need for a prescription. Irrespective of the type of prep used, three sachets are required prior to your colonoscopy.
PicoPrep® is recommended as it is sold as a box of three sachets. Each sachet consists of white powder that is mixed as a drink with a glass (i.e. 250ml) of water. Those having a morning colonoscopy drink their PicoPrep® at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm the day before their colonoscopy. Those having an afternoon colonoscopy drink their PicoPrep® at 6pm and 8pm (day before) and 6am (day of) their colonoscopy. Those having an evening colonoscopy drink their PicoPrep® at 6pm (day before) and 6am and 8am (day of) their colonoscopy (see Table 1).
Youtube Link: Preparing for Your Colonoscopy with PicoPrep® .
PicoLax® is identical to PicoPrep® although it is only sold as a box of two sachets, therefore four sachets need to be purchased but only three used (i.e. identical instructions as for PicoPrep®)
Figure 2. PicoLax® bowel preparation sold as a box of two sachets.
PREP KIT C
Prep Kit C® may be required to obtain a clean colon for those with chronic constipation or those who have previously not had a clean bowel preparation with conventional preps.
This kit also consists of three sachets (A,B & C), with the second sachet (sachet B) containing Glycoprep®. This second sachet (sachet B) is mixed with 1 Litre of water and sipped slowely over the hour.
Figure 3. PrepkitC® bowel preparation sold as a box of three sachets (A, B & C).