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can you drink water before a colonoscopy

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Plain water: Just drink water. No supplements. The supplements are not doing you any good anyway, just lightening your wallet.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
How do you FEEL?: i would drink tap water until you are satisfied, unless you physician directed you otherwise
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps h ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Enrique Molina
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Drink slowly: drink slowly the liquid as tolerated. Some preparations are "low volume" (2 liters or less) and easier to tolerate, and may be the preferred prep if y ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Moffa
27 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: any clear liquid is fine prior to a colonoscopy or a sigmoidoscopy
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes, within limits: It should not matter as long as it is moderate use of alcohol. Excessive drinking causes colon cancer, so watch out!
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Ultrasound: No.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marion Mcfarland
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Varies: Depends on your weight , how much salt you consume and medications you are taking.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
I am not sure: What you mean by a water infection. Is this a bladder infection? If so i would say it will not affect the outcome of treatment as long as you are not ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Never knew of this t: I have never known of this to affect a pregnancy test.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
35 years experience Family Medicine
Unsure: If it is for gb no but for the lower abdomen yes since your bladder may be used as a window. This should be in your instructions.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes : May be a little bit of weight increase but you also Sweat evaporate water at night so I wouldn't worry about it. People can evaporator about 1.5 L of ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Not much!: But youigjt have to get up to go during the nigjt!
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Yes: Ingest semisolids up to 12 hrs before colonoscopy. Then use GoLytly and take a Fleets emema the night before surgery. Problems are encountered when ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Stastny
33 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes, but...: Without getting in to a discussion about alcohol consumption and how much is appropriate for each individual the short answer is yes. However, it is ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Yes you can: Yes you can drink flavered water.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: May get instructions for a laxative. Barium is constipating.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
You don't: But it will help dissolve it, especially if your mouth is dry, and thereby help the Aspirin to be absorbed into your bloodstream faster.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: A good way to clear your mouth and throat.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
31 years experience Family Medicine
Pregnancy: Your urine will be diluted, but not your pregnancy test.
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Food Myths: It is harmful not to drink water. When you drink water is much less important. Medicine has no rules or guidelines on when to drink water. Any guide ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
IT DEPENDS: On your level of activity, but typically you want to drink 6 - 8 ounces of water with meals, and an extra 20-30 in between. Water you use for coffee, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not a good idea: Alcohol intake will affect some lab results and may make interpretation of the results problematic.

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