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Amherst Commons, Building A, Suite 2
693 Main Street, Lumberton, New Jersey
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HALF-LYTELY & BISACODYL TABS PREP INSTRUCTIONS
 

Please be aware that if you do not prep as directed your procedure will be cancelled.

THE MORNING OF THE PROCEDURE:

Do NOT Eat or Drink ANYTHING the Day of the Test,
EXCEPT:

1.) Your second dose of the bowel prep, or:

2.) Your morning medicines with a small sip of water at least 4 hours before the exam. DO NOT CHEW GUM, HARD CANDY, or SMOKE unless given other instructions.
This also includes ALL inhalers.

Bring a current list of medicines and doses with you.

HMO insured patients may require a referral or precertification.
You will need to bring your insurance cards, referral, and co-pay at the time of the visit.

THE TEST WILL BE CANCELLED IF:
1) You have no one to drive you home (A bus or taxi is not acceptable),
2) IF you eat any food the day of the test,
3) IF you drink any fluids less than 4 hours before the test.
 

7 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR EXAM:

Stop taking all aspirin and aspirin products (see attached list). Tylenol is permitted before the test. Discontinue any other medications only if directed by the office. Specific Instructions for special situations such as diabetes are given on the Medicine Instruction Sheet

The WHOLE DAY BEFORE THE EXAM:

Clear Liquids ONLY for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
NO Solid Foods or Alcoholic Beverages.

NO red or purple colored drinks, please. You may have Gatorade, Water Ice, Popsicles, Ginger Ale, 7-Up, Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, or Any soda, Jello (yellow or green) and chicken or beef broth. You may have black coffee and tea. You may use sugar/sweetener.
Milk and cream are NOT allowed in the coffee or tea. You may continue to drink clear liquids up until midnight of the day before the colonoscopy.

The MORNING OF THE PROCEDURE:

Do NOT Eat or Drink ANYTHING the day of the test,
EXCEPT:

1.) Your second dose of the bowel prep (Note begin the second dose of Halflytely prep
5 hours before you are to be in the office)
or:

2.) Your morning medicines with a small sip of water at least 4 hours before the exam.
DO NOT CHEW GUM, HARD CANDY, or SMOKE UNTIL AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE.
If the test is scheduled after 1 PM then you may have small sips of water up to 8 AM, then nothing more afterwards.

Your Procedure is scheduled on__________________at______am/pm

YOUR PROCEDURE WILL BE CANCELLED IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE PREP AS ABOVE.

 
HALF-LYTELY & BISACODYL TABS SPLIT DOSING OPTION

Add lukewarm drinking water to top of line on bottleStep 1: MIX THE HALFLYTELY SOLUTION.

Add lukewarm drinking water to top of line on bottle.

Cap the bottle and shake well to dissolve the powder. The mixed HalfLytely solution will be clear and colorless.
You may add ONLY ONE of the included Flavor Packets to the solution to improve the taste, but nothing else. Use within 48 hours.

You may place in the refrigerator (Keeping the solution cold will make it taste better).

Take the 2 Bisacodyl delayed-release tablets with waterStep 2: TAKE 2 BISACODYL TABLETS two hours before beginning the first 1/2 of the Halflytely Solution on the DAY BEFORE the TEST.

Take the (2) Bisacodyl delayed-release tablets with water.
These are over-the-counter and do not need a prescription.
Do NOT chew or crush the Bisacodyl tablets.
Do NOT take the Bisacodyl tablets within 1 hour of taking an antacid.

Step 3: The DAY BEFORE THE COLONOSCOPY-

Begin the First Dose (1/2 of the Solution) at the time checked below:

___ Begin after Work, but no later than 7 PM the night before the colonoscopy.
Drink of the Solution. Drink 8 ounces every 10-15 minutes till finished the solution (Mix in the morning of the day you use as detailed above).

___ Or Begin the day before the colonoscopy at ____am/pm.
(Mix the night before as detailed above and place in the refrigerator.)

Drink 8 ounces every 10-15 minutes till finishedPlease begin the SECOND DOSE as directed below
 (the remaining HalfLytely solution).

Drink 8 ounces every 10-15 minutes till finished and if the bowels are not clear in 2 hours after finishing call the office for further instructions.

THE SECOND DOSE MUST BE FINISHED 4 HOURS BEFORE ARRIVAL AT THE CENTER FOR YOUR PROCEDURE

Remember pour the HalfLytely over ice to make it taste better if it is not cold enough.
Drinking through a straw can improve the taste of the HalfLytely.

___ Begin the second dose the evening before the colonoscopy at ___pm.

___ Begin the second dose the morning of the colonoscopy starting by ___am

The MORNING OF THE PROCEDURE:
AFTER you finish the morning dose of Halfyltely (if you take the second dose in the morning)
Do NOT Eat or Drink ANYTHING the day of the test,
EXCEPT:

Your morning medicines with a small sip of water at least 4 hours before the exam.
DO NOT CHEW GUM, HARD CANDY, or SMOKE UNTIL AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE.

What are the side effects of HalfLytely?

Common side effects include Nausea, abdominal fullness, and bloating in up to 50% of patients. Abdominal cramps, vomiting and anal irritation occur less frequently.
Side effects are temporary and usually subside quickly.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCEDURE CALL 609-265-1700

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