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A 50-year-old female asked:

can i have senna before a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
There may be better: Choices. See this site for suggestions for preparing for colonoscopy. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colonoscopy/my00621/dsection=how-you-prepare.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What kind of food can I eat the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Liquids: No solid or soft foods ar allowed on the day of the prep. Any liquid that you can see through (clear liquids) is allowed--tea, black coffee, water, juces without pulp, broths, popsicles, hard candy (ie, jolly ranchers). Avoid any red colored fluids as they may give the tissue a bloody appearance and can be confusing.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
1 to 2 hours: You should start having bowel movements witin an hour of starting the prep. The stools initially will be formed but will quickly progress to diarrhea. You should be at home when you start taking the prep.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do gas-x and other over-the-counter tablets help with the gas you get after a colonoscopy?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Usually not: The gas after colonoscopy is further down the gut and any anti-gas medication (most of which act locally) will not get there in time to disperse the gas.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do I need to wait after having a colonoscopy before I can donate plasma?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Stein
Colon and Rectal Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Having a colonoscopy is safe, but some patients can be dehydrated afterwards. In addition, there is a risk of low grade fevers after the procedure. Waiting a few days is all that is likely needed. At that point, if one feels well and has no signs of illness one can donate.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do doctors pump air into the colon during a colonoscopy?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
For visibility: When the colon is properly prepped and empty, we have to put air or nitrogen in to distend the colon to allow for visibility and accuracy to visualize the mucosal surface.

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Last updated Nov 16, 2012

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