This website is intended for UK patients who have been prescribed VistaPrep®. By proceeding, you confirm you have been prescribed VistaPrep® and are seeking further information on the product and its use.
VistaPrep® is a white powder which when dissolved in water makes a citrus flavoured solution with strong laxative properties. VistaPrep® is consumed to clean the colon (large intestine or bowel in preparation for a colonoscopy).
The contents of a VistaPrep® sachet are dissolved to make a citrus flavoured solution which has a strong laxative action.
VistaPrep® is a bowel cleansing agent which means it flushes everything out of your large intestines (bowels) so that they are completely empty and clean. A colonoscopy (a routine test used to examine the lining of your large intestine) is more likely to be a success if your intestines (bowels) are completely empty and clean.
Please follow the instructions contained on the leaflet inside your VistaPrep® package. These instructions must be followed carefully along with the guidance provided by your healthcare professional.
How to take VistaPrep®
Make up the solution on the day you plan to consume it (according to your package leaflet and the guidance of your Doctor or Nurse)
Prepare the solution by dissolving 1 sachet of the powder into 1 litre of lukewarm water. Please do this for each sachet contained within the pack, so the total of 4 litres is prepared
Stir the solution and place in to the fridge; it may be more pleasant to drink once chilled
Please make sure you only drink clear liquids and avoid solid foods 2 -3 hours prior to taking your VistaPrep® solution
Drinking your entire VistaPrep® solution takes place over a period of about 4 hours. The total amount to drink can be taken either on the evening before, or a part taken on the evening before and the remaining amount on the morning of the examination day
- Drink 200-300 ml of VistaPrep® every 10 minutes until clear fluid is passed from your anus, or the maximum of 4 litres have been drunk (as guided in the package leaflet)
Can I continue taking my medication?
If you are taking other medications, please discuss this with your healthcare professional. This is very important as VistaPrep® may cause other medications to be flushed out of your system, and they may not work as intended.
Can I eat food before drinking VistaPrep®?
Do not eat any solid food 2 to 3 hours before taking VistaPrep®. You can eat normally after your colonoscopy.
Can I drink other fluids with VistaPrep®?
You may drink additional water, as well as other clear liquids if desired, separately, whilst consuming your VistaPrep® solution. You must not add other liquids/additives (such as sugar or flavourings) to the VistaPrep® solution.
I did not drink the entire solution. Should I still go for my scheduled colonoscopy?
If you did not drink the entire solution, you should still attend your scheduled colonoscopy. Please be aware however, that your bowel may not be thoroughly emptied. If you drink much less than the recommended amount, it may not be possible to carry out the examination. Please call the Endoscopy department you will be attending for further advice.
When will I begin having bowel movements after drinking VistaPrep®?
Everyone is different, but it is recommended that you stay within easy reach of a toilet during the entire bowel cleansing procedure. Moving around can help encourage bowel movements. Slow down your consumption if any unpleasant symptoms such as stomach cramps and nausea arise.
Is there anything I can do to help my bowel cleansing experience?
Please follow your package instructions carefully. VistaPrep may be more pleasant to drink chilled. We recommend applying a barrier cream around your anus before and during bowel cleansing to avoid skin irritation.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is a routine testing procedure, where a small, flexible camera tube called an endoscope is used to project a picture of the lining of your colon (also called your large intestine or large bowel) onto a screen. A specialist looks at these pictures during the test to see if there are any changes or abnormalities.
What happens during a colonoscopy?
Before having the colonoscopy, you normally will be offered a sedative to help you relax and make the colonoscopy more comfortable. The medication will make you feel sleepy and relaxed.
You will be asked to lie on your side with your knees bent. The endoscope with a camera and light at the end will then be inserted into your anus and slowly moved along the colon. The endoscope will pump air into your colon to help the doctor see more clearly. You may feel bloated and have mild cramping, and it may cause you to pass wind. This is normal and there is no need to be embarrassed as the doctor will be expecting it to happen.
Preparing for your colonoscopy
Ensuring that the colon is completely empty is very important for a successful colonoscopy. If it is not empty:
- The test can take longer
- Colon irregularities can be missed or misdiagnosed
- The colonoscopy may need to be rescheduled or repeated
You will be given specific instructions from your doctor and it is important that you follow them. Preparation for a colonoscopy usually involves diet, and includes medication for bowel cleaning and preparation.
A few days before the colonoscopy:
- Start eating a low-fibre diet
- Avoid whole grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raw fruit or vegetables
The day before the colonoscopy:
- Do not eat solid foods
- Drink only clear liquids like black coffee or tea, clear fruit juices or clear broth
- You should aim to drink a glass of water every hour
- Avoid red liquids, which can be confused with blood during the colonoscopy
The day of the colonoscopy:
- Drink clear liquid foods only
- Check the instructions from your doctor on when you need to stop eating and drinking before your colonoscopy
Visit the website below for further information on colonoscopy or preparation for colonoscopy:
Report side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your Doctor, Pharmacist or Nurse. This includes any possible side effect not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card scheme:
Side effects for this medicine can also be reported to Tillotts Pharma UK Ltd. on firstname.lastname@example.org
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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NU-00170 August 2018