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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it absolutely essential that i drink all of the bowel prep before i have a colonoscopy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Yes so that your colon is clean enough. If you choose not to, the endoscopist may not be able to see everything' could potentially miss a lesion, and with an inadequate prep, i usually recommend that i repeat the scope much sooner than if i was comfortable i could see everything well. E.G repeat in 5 yrs instead of 10.
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 39 years experience
Drink it all or call: The point of the colonoscopy is to allow the endoscopist to evaluate the colon fully. This can't happen if stool remains in the colon. It's not just the chunky stuff: liquid stool coating the colon lining also makes it very hard to see. So if you are going to bother to go for a colonoscopy, give yourself the best chance for a good exam. If you just can't drink the prep, call your doctor for advice.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the best flavor of that drink for the bowel prep for colonoscopy?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Your choice: Colon lavage preps are designed to "wash through" the gut without being absorbed. As such, flavors used are restricted to sugar-free products (sugar promotes water absorption), & should avoid colors that stain the gut (red-colored preps are particularly troublesome when searching for bleeding sites). Commercial flavor choices: cherry, orange, wild berry, lemon-lime, pineapple, or no flavor added.
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Frankenmuth, MI
A 45-year-old female asked:

Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chand Rohatgi
General Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: There are many kinds of prep ; they are necessary and safe.
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CA
A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not really: All bowel preps work by drawing water into the colon causing liquid stools. Most natural agents are stimulants and only promote some evacuation of stool and can cause cramping. Magnesium citrate is the most "natural" prep that can be used to insure a thorough cleansing of the colon.
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Last updated Aug 16, 2013

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