It is important for the success of a colonoscopy that the bowel is empty and this requires a cleansing process that starts with a dietary change from three days prior to the procedure and involves the use of a laxative taken prior to the test. A successful bowel preparation means that there is less chance of missing important pathology within the bowel. An empty bowel also allows the procedure happen more smoothly with less air being required leading to a quicker recovery. Please read these instructions carefully at least three days in advance of the procedure as a dietary change is required in addition to use of the laxative.
The instructions and timings of the bowel cleansing preparation depend on whether you have been prescribed Moviprep or Picolox and on the time of day of your colonoscopy: