Concord Endoscopy Center

Concord Endoscopy Center is a freestanding endoscopy unit specializing in colonoscopy and upper endoscopy procedures. Concord Endoscopy Center is a joint venture between Concord Gastroenterology Inc. LLC, MaryHitchcock Concord, and Concord Hospital and is licensed by the State of New Hampshire.

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Miralax Colonscopy Prep

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MIRALAX (polyethelyne glycol) is a non-prescription bowel preparation available at pharmacies and stores that sell pharmacy supplies. It is sugar free and gluten free. YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THESE ITEMS:

  • Two - 64 ounce bottles of NON-RED Gatorade®
  • One 238 Gm Bottle of MIRALAX®
  • Biscodyl (Dulcolax) laxative tablets - you will need to take 2 tablets. Do not buy the stool softener tablets or suppositories - it must be the laxative tablets. If you have questions, please ask the pharmacist.
  • If you have a tendency to be constipated or take medications that cause constipation, also purchase Milk of Magnesia to take 2 days before your scheduled colonoscopy.
  • Zinc oxide or Desitin® ointment may be used to protect your skin during the bowel preparation. Apply it before starting the bowel prep to prevent irritation to the rectal area.

TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

  • Stay on a low fiber diet. Do not eat any beans, corn, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts or any food containing seeds such as poppy, sesame, or sunflower.
  • Do not eat any foods containing flax or fish oil.
  • See the low fiber diet list.
  • If you tend to be constipated - take one ounce of Milk of Magnesia on this day.

ONE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

  • DRINK ONLY CLEAR LIQUIDS - NO DAIRY AND NO SOLID FOOD UNTIL AFTER YOUR COLONOSCOPY. You must be able to see through the liquid when held in a clear glass up to a light.
  • NO ARTIFICIALLY COLORED RED LIQUIDS OR RED JELLO. DO NOT USE RED GATORADE FLAVORS.
  • See the clear liquid diet list
  • MIRALAX MIXING DIRECTIONS:
    On this day (one day before your scheduled procedure) mix the HALF of the MIRALAX in one 64 ounce bottle of NON-RED Gatorade®. Mix the SECOND HALF of the MIRALAX in the second 64 ounce bottle of NON-RED Gatorade®. Shake both bottles and refrigerate. It tastes better cold.
  • AT 4:00 PM TAKE 2 DULCOLAX® LAXATIVE TABLETS WITH A LARGE GLASS OF WATER
  • AT 5:00 PM START DRINKING ONE OF THE GATORADE CONTAINERS MIXED WITH THE MIRALAX. Drink 8 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes until gone. Shake the solution well before pouring each glass. If you feel bloated or full, take a break before starting the 7:00 PM doses.
  • At 7:00 PM START DRINKING THE SECOND GATORADE CONTAINER MIXED WITH THE MIRALAX. Drink 8 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes until gone. Shake the solution well before pouring each glass If you feel bloated or full, take a break but be sure to drink all of the solution before going to bed!
  • Not completing the bowel prep or eating solid food may result in rescheduling your procedure. Results should be watery and without solid particles, however there may be a few flecks in the morning from the Dulcolax laxative. ON THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE: CLEAR LIQUIDS ONLY up until 2 hours before your procedure NO SOLID FOOD. If you are also having an examination of your esophagus and stomach, stop drinking liquids 4 hours before your procedures.