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Preparation

So how do I actually prepare for a capsule endoscopy?

To visualise the bowel, it must be emptied and clean from stool. Therefore, please follow the instructions carefully. In case you take iron or iron supplements, please stop taking them 1 week before the procedure

3 days before capsule ingestion

  • Morning: Take 1 sachet of Movicol dissolved in 125ml of water
  • Eat and drink normally
  • Evening: Take another sachet of Movicol dissolved in 125ml of water

2 days before capsule ingestion

  • Morning: Take 1 sachet of Movicol dissolved in 125ml of water
  • Drink at least 8 glasses (2 litres) of water  in addition to the amount you usually consume to be well hydrated
  • You may eat and drink normally
  • Evening: Take another sachet of Movicol dissolved in 125ml of water.

1 day before capsule ingestion

  • NO FOOD: Clear liquids only
  • Prepare 2 litres of Klean Prep:
    • Prepare 2 jugs each with 1 litre of water
    • Dissolve one sachet of Klean Prep in each jug
    • Stir the mixture until it turns clear
    • Put it in the refrigerator, if you like it cold better (most people do)
  • Between 5pm and 6pm, drink 1 litre of Klean Prep (e.g. a glass every 15 min). Use a straw if you don’t like the taste.
  • From 6pm to 7pm, drink the other 1 litre of Klean Prep
  • You may continue to keep drinking clear fluids
  • Before bedtime, prepare another mixture of Klean Prep as before to be ready for the morning. Stir the mixture until it becomes clear, refrigerate overnight.

The day of capsule ingestion

  • Use the Klean Prep mixture you prepared the night before:
    • From 6am to 7am, drink 1 litre of Klean Prep (1 glass every 15 min)
    • From 7am to 8am, drink the other 1 litre of Klean Prep
  • Continue drinking water until 1 hour before the procedure time
  • Meet the nurse as arranged to receive capsule, equipment and further boosters to take after you swallowed the capsule
  • The rest of the day until the capsule is excreted: Clear liquids only

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