Instructions for Bowel Prep for Colonoscopy

  1. Two days prior to your procedure, take 2 Dulcolax 5 mg tablets twice a day (obtained over the counter).
  2. If your child is currently taking Lactulose, stop taking that and take Dulcolax instead. You can resume the Lactulose the day after the procedure.
  3. Make sure to consume only clear liquids for 24 hours prior to the procedure; encourage fluid intake such as broth, apple juice, etc.
  4. While on the clear liquid diet, make sure the patient does not have red or purple liquids or anything containing excess sugar
  5. The day prior to the procedure, start MiraLAX 17.9 oz. bottle (obtained over the counter)
  6. Mix the entire MiraLAX bottle with a 2 liter bottle of Sprite or Sprite Zero and administer 16 oz. of the mixture every 2 hours as follows:
  7. At 9:00 AM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  8. At 11:00 AM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  9. At 1:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  10. At 3:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  11. If stool is not watery clear by this time, mix an additional entire MiraLAX bottle with a 2 liter bottle of Sprite or Sprite Zero as before and continue administering 16 oz. of the mixture every 2 hours as follows:
  • At 5:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  • At 7:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  • At 9:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)
  • At 11:00 PM, drink 16 oz. of the mixture (must drink this in 1 hour)

Make sure to stay on a clear liquid diet throughout and have nothing to eat or drink after midnight (including gum, candy or cigarettes)

Please contact our office with any questions or concerns regarding these instructions at our main office number: (304) 400-4626