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Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Yes: There are many kinds of prep ; they are necessary and safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

Here's helpful link: ...and video: http://www.suprepkit.com/dose-instruction.htm (in English and Spanish versions) ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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Is generlac used as a prep for colonoscopy?

Is generlac used as a prep for colonoscopy?

Any laxative can!: The goal of the prep is to eliminate stool. Diet plays an important role- avoiding fruits and vegetables for a couple of days helps. Then the laxatives come in. Everyone is different in response to laxatives. Doctors find "preps" they like- if you follow their instructions, you should have a complete exam. ...Read more

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

Other options : There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more

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How to prep for a colonoscopy?

Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Yes: Some use a small bottle of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with 64 oz gatorade which can be supplemented by a few days of liquid diet. ...Read more

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Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

If it clears you out: The main purpose of colon prep for colonsocopy is to clean out the stool so that the camera can see the linings of your colon. The 'standard prep" works well because it has been done a gazillion times. I am not sure how good the hydrotherapy will do, but as long as it clean you out (without causing problem for you), i don't see why not! if it does not, u may have to do the standard" good luck. ...Read more

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Colyte (polyethylene glycol) causes nausea for me. What are other options for bowel prep?

Colyte (polyethylene glycol) causes nausea for me. What are other options for bowel prep?

So many!: Suprep (1 liter), half-lytely (2 liters), MoviPrep (3 liters), MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) prep (with gatorade), magnesium citrate, & phosphosoda based preps (some tablets). Be aware that most GI doctors shy away from the phosphate-preps based on literature & published warnings regarding kidney & heart effects from these products. Your GI doctor can of course tailor preps to your tolerance & specific health concerns. ...Read more

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Are jolly ranchers safe for colonoscopy prep?

Yes: They dissolve completely and are no problem. Suggest you avoid the red and purple. ...Read more

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What kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy?

What kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy?

Liquid : Usually a powder mixed in liquid like GoLytely or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) sometimes with tablets added like dulcolax. The amount of liquid is substantial, like 48oz. ...Read more

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Is colyte (polyethylene glycol) prep really needed before a laparoscopy?

Is colyte (polyethylene glycol) prep really needed before a laparoscopy?

Depends on...: Depends what the laparoscopic procedure is, also depends on your individual surgical risk profile and the comfort level of your surgeon. For example: for a tubal ligation it's probably not needed, for a retro peritoneal node dissection it is. I almost never use any bowel prep for the fertility and endometriosis surgeries i do. ...Read more

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Anything else used in lieu of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for a colonoscopy?

Several: I like MoviPrep as it is only 2 liters and very well tolerated by patients and with excellent visualization. Suprep and osmo prep are other alternatives. Ask you endoscopist for options he/she is comfortable with. ...Read more

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What are alternatives for citrate of magnesium to cleanse the bowels before colonoscopy?

Many: Most of the fda-approved bowel preps for a colonoscopy are actually prescriptions. There are no longer many otc versions of it. Discuss with your colonoscopist the benefits of each. ...Read more

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Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Yes safe.: as a cardiologist, I say yes it's safe. Golytely is a large volume prep that many of my heart pts had probs with in the past. I think miralax (polyethylene glycol) is better tolerated. ...Read more

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Do I need to take bowel prep for a capsule endoscopy?

Do I need to take bowel prep for a capsule endoscopy?

Yes for best results: Best results are obtained by swallowing the capsule after good bowel prep. It has minute digital camera , which takes pictures when passing through the small bowel, well prepared gut will give best accurate pictures of pathology ( diseased area ) than unprepared bowel. ...Read more

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Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

This : This is a practice that is still debated in the surgical literature with surgeons and evidence on both sides. A bowel prep refers to cleaning out the colon of stool prior to an operation (usually on the bowels) or colonoscopy. There are a variety of bowel preps used and it often depends on the practice of your surgeon. Reasons given for doing a bowel prep include; avoiding contamination of the operative field, infection, better anastomosis (sewing bowel back together), better visualization (for colonoscopy), and more pleasant for operating surgeon. Reasons against include increased infection, complications related to the prep, patient comfort. There are a wide variety of bowel preps currently in use. Most involve drinking either a large volume of liquid or a small volume of a liquid which sucks fluid into the colon, both producing a watery diarrhea. Some bowel preps have included antibiotics with the thought it would lessen infectious complications. The data is not clear. Many surgeons simply recommend a clear liquid diet for a day or two before surgery to limit the stool in the colon. There are also studies which have shown bowel preps to be dangerous by either causing electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, or actually increasing infection. As of yet there is no right answer and usually the choice of bowel prep has to do with the surgeon and their experience as almost any can be supported by some evidence. Many surgeons do colorectal surgery with no bowel prep. A colonoscopy does require a bowel prep for visualization. Speak with your surgeon about their practice. By far the most comfortable for the patient is to consume clear liquids for a day or two. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more