BOWEL PREP

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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

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

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).