Picosalax Instructions

Preparing with Picosalax

Purchase 1 box (2 sachets) of Picosalax from the Chemist. Routine medications for blood pressure and heart conditions can be taken on the morning of the procedure. Please let the doctor/secretary know if you are on diabetic medication or blood thinners (eg Warfarin, Plavix etc) well before the procedure.

The hospital will call you between 3 - 8pm the working day before the procedure to advise time of admission.

3 DAYS BEFORE COLONOSCOPY - DO NOT EAT ANYTHING WITH SKIN, SEEDS, NUTS OR GRAINS .

You can eat things like:

White bread (no whole seeds), pita/turkish bread, english muffins, cornflakes, rice bubbles, lean meat eg. beef, pork, lamb, veal or chicken, fish, peeled fruit, peeled vegetables (no beetroot), roasted peeled potato, mash potato, hot chips, crackers (no seeds e.g. Sao or Jatz), eggs, butter/margarine, Vegemite, Promite, Marmite, cheese, custard, ice-cream, chocolate (avoid bars containing nuts)

Do not eat anything which has skins, seeds, nuts or grains:

Corn, peas, strawberries, jams, wholegrain bread, cereals, onion, muesli, muesli bars, any nuts or food containing nuts, skin on apple, pear, peach or nectarine (peeled fruit is okay), marmalades with skins, citrus fruit, grapes, tomato skin or seeds, sundried tomato, skin on capsicum, eggplant or potato (peeled vegetables are okay), legumes eg. baked beans or kidney beans, mustard, sultanas and raisins, brown rice, casseroles containing vegetables, lentils, barley, split peas, coconut, sesame, sunflower or poppy seeds, fruit yoghurt, fibre supplement.

For a Morning Procedure

The day prior to procedure - After a light breakfast (by 7:30am) start clear fluids only – NO solid food

Drink plenty of clear fluids all day including black tea, black coffee, herbal teas, water, cordials, ginger ale, lemonade, clear fruit juices (no pulp), clear soups and broths (strained), jelly, electrolyte sports drinks (Gatorade/Powerade/Hydrolyte). Please avoid red, green, purple or blue coloured ice blocks, jellies and drinks.

Picosalax Schedule for Morning Procedures:

4pm- Dissolve and stir the contents of one Picosalax sachet in 150m1 of cold water and drink. Follow with 5 or more glasses of approved clear fluids.

8pm - Dissolve and stir the contents of one Picosalax sachet in 150ml of cold water and drink. Follow with 5 or more glasses of approved clear fluids.

Continue clear fluids up until bedtime

The day of procedure

Take routine medications with water and strictly nil by mouth for 2 hours prior to admission.

For an Afternoon Procedure

The day prior to procedure - After a light breakfast and lunch (by 1pm) start clear fluids only.

Drink plenty of clear fluids all day including black tea, black coffee, herbal teas, water, cordials, ginger ale, lemonade, clear fruit juices (no pulp), clear soups and broths (strained), jelly, electrolyte sports drinks (Gatorade/Powerade/Hydrolyte). Please avoid red, green, purple or blue coloured ice blocks, jellies and drinks.

Picosalax Schedule for Afternoon Procedures:

6pm- Dissolve and stir the contents of one Picosalax sachet in 150m1 of cold water and drink. Follow with 5 or more glasses of approved clear fluids.

Clear fluids until bedtime.

The day of procedure

6am - Dissolve and stir the contents of one Picosalax sachet in 150ml of cold water and drink. Follow with 5 or more glasses of approved clear fluids.

Take routine medication with a sip of water then strictly nil by mouth for 2 hours prior to admission.

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