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Are colonoscopy preps essentially the same thing as a colon cleanse?

Are colonoscopy preps essentially the same thing as a colon cleanse?

No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Is it safe to do a colon cleanse even though I'm not having a colonoscopy?

Is it safe to do a colon cleanse even though I'm not having a colonoscopy?

If free, enjoy it..: If it is free and you enjoy it.........go ahead. It has no medical benefit. ...Read more

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Colon cleanse for colonoscopy now green bile?

Colon cleanse for colonoscopy now green bile?

Normal: After using colon cleanse, all of the stool is out of you and the only thing left is the green bile that is constantly made by the liver. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy/endoscopy this year both clear Except for high lymphocyte count in small intestine-had colon cleanse 2day afterward had bloody mucus?

Had colonoscopy/endoscopy this year both clear Except for high lymphocyte count in small intestine-had colon cleanse 2day afterward had bloody mucus?

Why did you cleanse?: Your database suggests enteritis--an inflammatory condition of the small intestine (like Crohn's disease or infection, among others). Your bloody effluent after cleansing raises concern for ongoing/undertreated inflammation. Please don't cleanse again, but instead start appropriate medication for your condition--call your doctor today. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Mostly yes: In preparing for colonoscopy ist is necessary that the bowel be relatively clean so that small lesions can be recognized and biopsied if necessary. As such bowel prep is employed. In essence colonoscopy not performed without a prep. Colon cleansing is also a term employed to cleanse the bowel which has impacted with feces and a high colonic enema is used for cleansing. ...Read more

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My friend takes cleanse more every nite for constipation. Her colonoscopy showed a black, stained colon. Is this physiologically dangerous?

My friend takes cleanse more every nite for constipation. Her colonoscopy showed a black, stained colon. Is this physiologically dangerous?

NO: Melanosis coli - basically black colon. This is a result of chronic laxative abuse. It causes an alligator or snake like looking mucosa. The good news is that it's a benign condition. ...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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Long story short, I need a colonoscopy and I heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Long story short, I need a colonoscopy and I heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. Is that true?

Colon Cleanses: Can be dangerous but the preps used for colonoscopies are safe and very low risk when used as instructed by your endoscopist.
Otc colon cleanses are a hype and taking advantage of gullible patients and pose potential of damage to the cells lining your colon. Best way to keep colon clear is to eat a healthy high fiber doet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine/alcohol free fluid daily and save your mone. ...Read more

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What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?

What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?

None of the above!: If you want to eliminate constipation, you should leave your colon alone and stop sticking tubes and other foreign liquids into it. You need to do 3 things which will help: eat well and drink plenty of liquids like water to stay well hyderated;. Make sure your food has enough fiber which comes from fruits, salads vegetables and grains; each meal should have these items that will give bulk to stool. ...Read more

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Having rectangle stool. Had clean colonoscopy 20 months ago with good prep. What are the chances colon cancer would be causing this?

Having rectangle stool. Had clean colonoscopy 20 months ago with good prep. What are the chances colon cancer would be causing this?

Low Chance ; BUT: At 40, a colonoscopy which shows no cancer less than 2 years ago is reassuring. Regardless, ASK your doctors advice about these new symptoms. Anorectal diseases such as hemorrhoids and fissures can cause changes to bowel caliber, but a thorough evaluation of the area needs to be done. While colon cancers are uncommon to grow in such a short span, it is not impossible. In short, see your doctor!! ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy interfere with birth control pill effectiveness? Especially the prep laxative that cleans your colon

Does colonoscopy interfere with birth control pill effectiveness? Especially the prep laxative that cleans your colon

Likely to interfere: I am not sure any studies have been done to actually confirm the effect of bowel prep on BCP, but anything that significantly alters the diet or digestion, including antibiotics, have been known to interfere with absorption of the pill. Other variables include the timing of the cycle, etc. I recommend back up protection for the remainder of the month. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy 2 days ago, after a 2 day cleanse. I'm in a lot of pain in my upper abdomen. Could my colon be bruised?

I had a colonoscopy 2 days ago, after a 2 day cleanse. I'm in a lot of pain in my upper abdomen. Could my colon be bruised?

It's possible, but..: Most often, the colonoscopy is an uneventful procedure, but on occasion, depending on your body position while getting the scope and the amount of "snaking" of the scope that need to be done, you may have some abd discomfort afterwards. Be sure to call the Dr. Who performed the procedure and let them know as they would want to know any difficulties you are experiencing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Not likely: Ulcerative colitis has a specific appearance and location that distinguishes it histologically from normal tissue. The scenario you describe is possible with human error involved, but for the most part, very unlikely ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

I am having a colonoscopy in a week & have celiac disease, for colon prep I was told to limit my food a week before to a low fiber diet, whait's that?

Low fiber diet: Meaning less of foods with high fiber content, to avoid build up of waste in the colon before the procedure, usually it is soft diet, avoid lots of fruits, vegetables, green salads, etc, ask the team who will perform the colonoscopy, they would provide you with exact diet regimen needed, good luck with the procedure ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy 7 months ago by a colon surgeon. Said I had excellent bowel prep. Came back perfect. What r the chances she missed cancer? I'm 25

Had colonoscopy 7 months ago by a colon surgeon. Said I had excellent bowel prep. Came back perfect. What r the chances she missed cancer? I'm 25

Incredibly low: Sounds like good prep allowing good look, so no narrowing, no lesions.
Probably repeat in 10'years will be recommendation.
Why done at age 25?! ...Read more

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Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Colonoscopy results-tubular adenoma colon polyp, diverticulosis&hemorrhoids. I was told prep not complete-should I repeat colonoscopy sooner than 3yr?

Yes, incomplete: colonoscope is inadequate for complete diagnosis, first you should have repeat with good preparation, second as you already have have tubular adenoma, you need closer surveillance than those who did not have it.. ...Read more

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Extremely foul b.O. From stomach? & mild heartburn. Bloodwork/colonoscopy normal. Not hygiene issue. Vitamins/supplmts, colon cleanse didn't work.

Extremely foul b.O. From stomach? & mild heartburn. Bloodwork/colonoscopy normal. Not hygiene issue. Vitamins/supplmts, colon cleanse didn't work.

Reflux: You may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux. This is a condition where the stomach acid level is high, causing gas and sometimes even halitosis (bad breath). Try a trial of over the counter prilosec, 1 tablet every morning before breakfast, and see if you notices difference in 2weeks. Otherwise, seek the advice of a dietician for diet modification and your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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When is it recommended to use a colon cleanse?

When is it recommended to use a colon cleanse?

Colonoscopy: Only in preparation for colonoscopy or prior to surgery on colon. There is no health benefit from "colon cleanse" procedures. ...Read more

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How do I stay motivated during a colon cleanse?

Not recommended: Why are you in need of colon cleansing at your age if you are constipated there are medications you can take or diet modification you can undergo. If its for weight loss a little hard work will help. ...Read more

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What can I expect starting a natural colon cleanse?

What can I expect starting a natural colon cleanse?

Depends: Depends on what you mean by "natural colon cleanse." technically, the colon is cleansing itself all the time, as long as we eat enough fiber to give our stool bulk and insure that toxins are bound and carried out. Some people take various products for colon cleanses. Many of these contain senna or other laxative. I discourage these products unless you are constipated. ...Read more

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Drink while I am on colon cleanse?

Bad Medicine: Amazing. Here is your question as a physician see's it. I want to live healthy and I am undergoing a colon cleanse to get rid of toxins and such. But, I have to drink.

I think that drinking alcohol is going to counter balance any thing you are attempting to do with a cleanse.

If you cannot go for even one day without drinking perhaps we should start there and not with a colon cleanse. ...Read more

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Can I take colon cleanse with food?

No: That defeats the purpose. The colon cleanse is supposed to cleanse the colon. If you eat while on the cleanse, you're undoing what the cleanse is doing. You stop eating before starting the cleanse. You resume eating and drinking after the colon test or whatever other reason for the cleanse. ...Read more

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Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Don't waste health: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse" ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a colon cleanse?

See details: People give themselves various laxatives and enemas in the erroneous belief that it serves some useful purpose. ...Read more

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I purchased tea for colon cleanse is that safe?

Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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At what age is it a good idea to get a colon cleanse?

Never: Good diet and fluid intake are all that your colon needs to stay healthy. Avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol. Get colonoscopy after 50 yrs old. Artificial cleansing techniques such as enemas or laxatives are useless biologically in a healthy person, and may be quite dangerous. ...Read more

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


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more