Gynaecology.co

Picolax bowel preparation

Last updated on 30th March 2016

Prior to your operation, it is important that your bowel is totally empty in preparation for your intended surgery.

Please read this leaflet carefully and follow the instructions that apply to the timing of your hospital admission.

You will need to start taking Picolax the day before your operation. You must not eat any solid food while taking Picolax. Drink as much clear liquid as possible to avoid dehydration, prevent the feeling of hunger and to ensure bowel is well prepared.

Picolax normally starts to work within half an hour and may continue to work for up to 6 hours after the first sachet and 3 hours after the second sachet have been taken.  It is therefore important that you must be near a toilet and be prepared to stay at home.

Medication Advice

If you have any questions or concerns about stopping your medicines or which medicines you need to stop please contact us or your GP.

2 days before your operation

Only eat liquid foods (e.g. soup) or liquidised normal foods.

The day before your Operation:

ONLY DRINK CLEAR FLUIDS – AVOID EATING ANY FOOD.

TAKE THE FIRST SACHET OF PICOLAX AT 8AM

TAKE THE SECOND SACHET OF PICOLAX AT 2PM

ON THE DAY OF YOUR OPERATION

You can continue to drink clear fluids until 4 hours before your operation

How to make up the Picolax sachets

Stir the contents of the first sachet with a cup or glass of cold water and drink when dissolved.

Then drink a further litre (2 pints) of clear fluid over the next 2 hours.

What to do if you are ill less than 3 days before you are due to take Picolax

If you have an illness (e.g. Diarrhoea and vomiting, heavy cold, the “flu”) which may result in you being dehydrated please contact us or your GP for advice on what to do before you start to take Picolax.

Diuretics

Angiotesin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I)

Angiotensin 2 receptor antagonists (A2RAs)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site. By continuing, you consent to cookies being stored on your device. Dismiss