AT LEAST 5 DAYS BEFORE THE COLONOSCOPY

Purchase GoLytely from your drugstore 5 days before the procedure. Dr. Gerson will call in a prescription. It comes in powder form and you need to mix it with water when you are ready to use it. Please note that if it is kept mixed for longer than 2 days it loses its effect.

 

DAY BEFORE THE COLONOSCOPY

Consume clear liquids all day. Do not drink milk or red colored liquids as this can interfere with the test. Acceptable clear liquids include clear soup, jello, coffee or tea without milk, fruit juice (no pulp), Gatorade, soft drinks, popsicles. No solid foods, milk products, or vegetables juice. Medicines should be taken on your regular schedule except for those discussed with your doctor.

Drink 2 liters of GoLytely (half gallon) at 4 PM the day before the procedure.  Try to drink 8 ounces every 10 minutes. If you begin to feel nauseated, take a break and slow down the pace of drinking. Chill the GoLytely before drinking. After drinking the Golytely you can continue to have liquids, but no solid food. Continue to drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids every hour until bedtime.

 

DAY OF THE COLONOSCOPY

At 6 AM on the morning of the procedure, begin drinking 8 ounces of Golytely every 10 minutes until its finished around approximately 8 AM. Continue to drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids every hour until 3 hours before your appointment to avoid dehydration.  If you take insulin for diabetes, take only ½ (one-half) of your morning dose.