Full Bowel Prep Using Bisacodyl/GoLYTELY®
Follow these steps to empty your bowel
before surgery. Please know that “Clear”
means no residue, fiber or pulp, it does not
2 days before surgery, eat breakfast and
then drink only clear liquids.
Clear Jell-O® (no fruit in it) homemade
from box only
Sparkling water or soda
Broth or bouillon
Juice with no pulp (apple, grape, no
Weak coffee or tea, no creamer – sugar
Gatorade® or other clear sports drinks
No alcohol or dairy products
Ensure Active Clear
Mix GoLYTELY® with warm tap water to
the top of line on bottle and shake. It will be
clear. Store this in the refrigerator. Use
within 48 hours. Okay to add Crystal Light®
powder mix to each glass.
1 day before surgery, drink only clear
liquids all day.
ξ 9am (or earlier): Take 4 bisacodyl
tablets with water. Do not chew or
crush. Do not take within 1 hour of
taking an antacid or other morning
medicine. It is okay to do this step
earlier in the day.
ξ As soon as you have a bowel
movement, start to drink the
GoLYTELY®. Drink 1- 8oz glass
every 10 minutes until half the bottle
is gone – or your stools are clear. If
you see sand-like grains in the toilet
water, drink one cup of GoLYTELY®
at a time until all the grains are gone
and it looks clear. Do not sip slowly. It
works better if you drink quickly. It is
normal if you feel some cramps in your
lower abdomen while drinking the
Do not take any of your scheduled
medicines for 1 hour before or after
drinking GoLYTELY®, they will be
flushed out in the loose stools.
The afternoon and evening before surgery
you will take the antibiotic pills. Follow
the instructions written in the bowel prep
instructions given to you instead of what
is written on the bottles of medication.
Call if the directions and prescription
directions do not match.
ξ 1 hour after you finish the
GoLYTELY®: Take the 1st dose of
ξ 2 hours later: Take the 2nd dose of
ξ 10 pm: Take the last dose of
Drink only clear liquids until bedtime.
Shower before going to bed.
Morning of surgery (at least 1 hour before
ξ Give yourself a Fleets® phosphate
enema. Shower again.
When to call the Doctor
If you have a steady stomach pain. You
feel light-headed or dizzy. Unable to have
a bowel movements. If you cannot drink the
Call UW Health Digestive Health Center
(608) 890-5000. This is a 24 hour number.
After hours and weekends, ask for the doctor
on call for Dr. _______________________.
Tell them your problem. We will call you
UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
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