Preparing for Your Colonoscopy

Getting ready for the exam

In the days and weeks leading up to your colonoscopy procedure, you'll need to take some steps to ensure you are properly prepared for your exam. These steps may include altering any medication you are currently taking as indicated by your physician, scheduling a ride to and from your procedure, and taking the day off from work. You'll also want to fill your bowel prep prescription and pick it up in time to complete the prep regimen as prescribed by your doctor.

To help you prepare for your colonoscopy, we created a sample timetable of the 2 weeks leading up to your colonoscopy. It will help give you an idea of when you need to pick up the prep, ask a friend for a ride, and change your diet for the colonoscopy prep. It's important to remember, however, that the information in this table is only a guideline, which your doctor may alter according to your unique needs. Follow the specific plan your doctor provides for you, and contact him or her if you have any doubts, questions, or concerns.

Download the sample colonoscopy timetable pdf icon

What is a low-residue diet?

A low-residue diet is designed to limit your intake of fiber and other undigested materials to minimize the production of solid waste in your colon and rectum. Some foods you can typically eat as part of a low-residue diet include

  • White bread, refined pastas and cereals, and crackers
  • White rice
  • Vegetables without skin or seeds
  • Fruits without peels or seeds
  • Limited amounts of milk and yogurt
  • Tender meat, poultry, fish, and eggs
  • Broth-based soups (strained)
  • Jelly, honey, and syrup

The prep

It's no secret that the bowel prep experience is less than pleasant. In fact, for many patients, it's the most intimidating part of preparing for the colonoscopy procedure. But remember: A colonoscopy is the easiest and best way to prevent and detect colon cancer, and a complete bowel prep is the key to a successful colonoscopy.

We have created the My MoviMent Prep Kit to help guide you through the process.

Stay hydrated

While a good colonoscopy prep is specially designed to help you stay hydrated, you're going to lose a lot of fluid as your bowels are flushed clean. Even mild dehydration can cause uncomfortable symptoms, including dizziness, lightheadedness, and headache, so it's important to drink plenty of clear liquids before, during, and after the prep process.

Additional colonoscopy prep tips

The following are helpful colonoscopy prep tips from other patients. You should always follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions.

  • Plan on staying near the bathroom
  • Keep plenty of magazines or a book on hand
  • After you mix your prep solution, chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours before drinking (drink within 24 hours of mixing)
  • Try drinking your prep solution with a straw. Bypassing the taste buds in the front of your mouth may make the taste more tolerable
  • Stock up on hard candies (no red or purple) to enjoy between bowel prep doses
  • Sip clear liquids between doses to stay hydrated
  • Use baby wipes instead of toilet paper

Talk to your physician

We've created a comprehensive Physician Discussion Guide pdf icon to help you talk with your doctor about colon cancer, colonoscopy, and the colonoscopy prep process.

Indication for MOVIPREP

MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) is an osmotic laxative indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults 18 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information about MOVIPREP

  • Do not take MOVIPREP® (PEG-3350, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid for oral solution) if you have a gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction (a blockage in your bowel), bowel perforation (an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine), gastric retention (problems with food and fluid emptying from your stomach), ileus (bowel muscle unable to move stomach contents), toxic colitis (damage to the thickness of the intestinal wall) or toxic megacolon (an extremely dilated or distended colon with fever and/or abdominal pain at times), or if you have a known allergy to MOVIPREP or any of its components.
  • It is important to drink sufficient liquids before, during, and after the use of MOVIPREP. Liquid and blood salt changes can lead to serious side effects including abnormal heartbeats, seizures, and kidney problems. Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you take any medications that increase the risk of blood salt abnormalities or if you have known or suspected low blood salt (sodium) level (hyponatremia).
  • If you have kidney problems or if you take medication that affects kidney function, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • If you have suspected bowel blockage or a suspected opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • Talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP if you have problems swallowing, if you have gastric reflux, or if you are predisposed to aspiration.
  • If you have a condition that destroys red blood cells called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • Please be advised that MOVIPREP contains 131 mg of phenylalanine per treatment.
  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking MOVIPREP.
  • In clinical studies with MOVIPREP, the most common side effects for split dosing were malaise (feeling uneasy), nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, vomiting, and upper stomach pain. The most common side effects for evening only dosing were stomach swelling (abdominal distension), anal discomfort, thirst, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, sleep disorder, rigors (body shakes), hunger, malaise (feeling uneasy), vomiting, and dizziness.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
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