Halflytely Preparation

If you are taking Plavix , Coumadin, or Pradaxa please contact our office. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naprosyn, and other arthritis medications are usually discontinued five days prior to the procedure.

Take your heart and blood pressure medications as usual the morning of your procedure.

The day before the procedure have only clear liquids (see list below). Solid food, milk or milk products are not allowed. You may have as many clear liquids as desired.

Acceptable clear liquids: (any of the following not colored red or purple) Strained fruit juices without pulp, water, clear broth/bouillon, coffee/tea (without milk/creamer), Gatorade, soft drinks, Kool-Aid/fruit flavored drinks, jell-o, and popsicles

(You may have clear liquids up until 2 hours prior to your procedure)

At 4:00 pm the day before your procedure: take the two tables that are in your kit.

Swallow tablets with water. Do not chew or crush.

Mix solution: tear open a flavor pack of your choice and pour into HalfLytely bottle. Discard unused packs. Solution can be used with or without the flavor packs. Add drinking water to the top line on the bottle, cap bottle and shake to dissolve. The solution may be refrigerated.

At 5:00 pm the day before your procedure: begin drinking solution, drink 1 (8oz) glass every 10 minutes. Be sure to drink ALL solution. You will continue to have loose bowel movements for about 1 to 2 hours after finishing solution.

After the prep your stools should be clear to yellow (urine color). If it is not, please call our office. If you do not follow these directions, your prep may not be adequate enough for us to complete your procedure, and you may have to reschedule.

You must have someone drive you home after your procedure. You will not be allowed to leave by yourself. You will not be able to drive for the remainder of the day.

A 48 hour (business days) notice is required for cancellations.

Diabetic Patients: Avoid diet sodas and juices. Drink regular sodas and juices during the preparation for this procedure. You will need the extra calories. If you take oral medications for diabetes take the oral medications in the morning the day prior to your procedure then hold medications until after your procedure.

If you take insulin for diabetes please make sure to monitor your glucose levels carefully. During the preparation take half of the normal insulin dose. Do not take long-acting insulin the evening prior to your procedure. Check your glucose level the morning of your procedure. Hold insulin if level is low, otherwise you may take half the regular insulin in the morning.

For questions regarding scheduling, procedure, or preparation, please feel free to contact us at (520) 721-2728 or via email at [email protected]