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Barium Enema Exams

  1. Obtain two 10 oz. bottles of Citrate of Magnesia. Please consult your physician if you have kidney, liver or heart disease to be sure this prep is safe for you. Take any medications that you normally do unless directed by your physician.
  2. On the day before the exam, drink only liquids for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  No food is allowed.
  3. At 4 p.m., drink one 10 oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate. This may be diluted with a clear lemon/lime soda or juice. Follow with additional clear fluids.
  4. Drink at least five 8 oz.portions of a clear liquid.
  5. At 8 p.m., drink the second bottle of Magnesium Citrate.
  6. Drink at least five 8 oz.portions  of clear liquid before retiring.
  7. On the day of the exam, do not eat or drink prior to the exam. Normal medications may be taken with a few sips of water.
    CLEAR LIQUIDS ALLOWED: Water, clear fruit juices (apple, white grape), Gatorade, bouillon, Jello, coffee or tea without milk  (no more than 8 oz.).
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