Magnesium Citrate AM Prep

Magnesium Citrate/Dulcolax AM Prep

To insure that your colon is adequately prepared for your procedure, it is important that you carefully follow the instructions outlined below.

Please arrive at your designated facility 30 minutes prior to your procedure. Please bring identification, your insurance cards, the medical form from this office and a medication list

Purchase at your pharmacy prior to your procedure:

  1. -Magnesium Citrate, two 10 oz bottles (lemon-lime; not cherry)
  2. -One box of Dulcolax laxative tablets
  3. -Plenty of clear liquids from the list below, recommend sweet flavored Gatorade, such as orange, berry or grape. Refrigerate to keep cold. No red liquids
  4. - (Optional): Aloe baby wipes, TUCKS pads, Vaseline/ Desitin ointment, straws.

Because of the sedation, you must have someone drive or accompany you home, no exceptions. If you plan to take a taxi, you must have a person ride home with you. You cannot drive, operate machinery, nor should you sign any legal documents the day of your procedure.

***This office does not routinely have patients stop Coumadin, Plavix or aspirin prior to a colonoscopy. Dr Curran feels the benefit of taking these medications generally outweighs the risk of stopping them.***

***The day before your colonoscopy take all your medications as scheduled. Diabetics should refer to the diabetic schedule. ***

The day before your colonoscopy:

DO NOT CONSUME ANY SOLID FOOD. No milk or milk products are allowed.

Throughout the day drink only clear liquids, which include: coffee or tea without dairy/non-dairy creamers; all carbonated beverages and non carbonated beverages such as Gatorade or vitamin water, fruit juices without pulp, broths, jello, popsicles and Italian ice. Avoid any clear liquid that is red or purple in color.

To avoid dehydration, drink at least 8-12oz of clear liquid each hour. Some of these should contain sugar, even if you are a diabetic. You may have gum and hard candies. It is best to avoid alcoholic beverages as these are dehydrating liquids.

The evening before your colonoscopy:

  • 2:00 PM: Take 4 Dulcolax tablets
  • 6:00-7:00 PM: Drink 1 bottle of magnesium citrate followed by four 8oz glasses of clear liquid (32oz) or mix the bottle of magnesium citrate with 8oz of sweet beverage such as Gatorade followed by three 8oz glasses of clear liquid (finish bottle of Gatorade)
  • 7 PM-Bedtime: Continue to drink 8-12 oz of a clear liquid each hour.
  • 10 PM: Take 4 dulcolax tablets

ANYTIME you get up during the night to go to the bathroom, have a drink of clear liquid.

5 hours before your colonoscopy: Drink 1 bottle of magnesium citrate followed by four 8oz glasses of clear liquid (32oz) or mix the magnesium citrate with 8oz of a sweet beverage followed by three 8oz glasses of clear liquid (finish bottle of Gatorade). Continue to drink 8-12oz/hr until 2 hours prior to your procedure.

Nothing to drink to 2 hr prior to your colonoscopy.
Hold all AM medications until after you procedure.