MiraLAX Split Dose
Two Weeks Before Your Exam
If you are taking Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), Plavix (clopidigrel) Aspirin, Xarelto, Brilinta, Pradaxa, Eliquis, Effient, Lovenox or other blood thinners, consult with your prescribing physician to discuss the management of these medications at least 2 weeks before your colonoscopy. DO NOT STOP these medications without the consent of your physician.
Five to Seven Days Before Your Exam
Stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve) 5-7 days prior to your exam.
Three Days Before Your Exam
Fill your prescription for MiraLAX.
Two Days Before Your Exam
Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the day and stop eating solid foods no later than midnight.
One Day Before Your Exam
No solid food for the entire day.
Clear Liquids only - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drink at least 8 glasses of water to avoid dehydration.
|Gatorade, Pedialyte or PowerAde||Red or purple items of any kind|
|Coffee, tea (no milk or non-dairy creamer)||Alcohol|
|Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks||Milk or non-dairy creamer|
|Kool-Aid or other fruit flavored drinks||Juice with pulp|
|Apple juice, white cranberry or white grape juice||Hard candy|
|Jell-O, popsicles||Any liquid you cannot see through|
|Strained chicken, beef or vegetable broth|
At 4:00pm, take ______ Dulcolax laxative pills with water.
At 5:00pm, drink the first half of the Gatorade / MiraLAX solution. Drink one (1) 8 oz. glass every 15 minutes. You may drink it directly through a straw. Continue drinking clear liquids throughout the evening.
Morning of Your Exam
Six hours before your exam, take the second half of the Gatorade / MiraLAX solution. Drink one (1) 8 oz. glass every 15 minutes to make sure you finish within 4 hours prior to your scheduled procedure time.
Four hours before the exam, stop drinking all clear liquids.
Daily Medications: If you take medication for high blood pressure, seizures, asthma, thyroid disease, irregular heart beat or prednisone, you must take your medications BEFORE 5 am.
Nothing by mouth four hours prior to your procedure.
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