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

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

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. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Doing bowel prep for colonoscopy/ged tomorrow. Only 24oz left to drink and bowel liquid isn't clear yet? Will this be a problem?

Doing bowel prep for colonoscopy/ged tomorrow. Only 24oz left to drink and bowel liquid isn't clear yet? Will this be a problem?

Keep drinking: Finish all liquid, and you will probably be ok. As long as the liquid is watery and without solids you should be ok. ...Read more

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There is a bowel prep for colonoscopy called Prepopik. Dosage is only two 5 oz. glasses and drinking lots of water. Is this a safe & effective prep?

There is a bowel prep for colonoscopy called Prepopik.  Dosage is only two 5 oz. glasses and drinking lots of water. Is this a safe & effective prep?

Prepopik: is relatively NEW but is approved by FDA for colonoscopy prep in adults HOWEVER COLONOSCOPISTS (Doctors who do the tests ) HAVE THEIR OWN PREFERENCES FOR WHICH PREP IS USED! Thus ASK that Health care Provider if Prepopik is OK! Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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How safe if bowel prep for colonoscopy in patients with heart disease and severe electrolyte abnormalities? Are any of them safe?

How safe if bowel prep for colonoscopy in patients with heart disease and severe electrolyte abnormalities? Are any of them safe?

Here are some...: Colonoscopy can usually & safely be done under brief IV sedation, but can be deferred until severe electrolyte imbalance+heart disease are optimally corrected because colonoscopy oftentimes is non-urgent and even optional esp. at the time with serious ongoing medical issues. So, ask the treating doc so to understand the balance between medical necessity & professional possibility before proceeding ...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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Am i allowed to take phergan during a bowel prep for a colonoscopy?

I wouldn't: Just take your time and drink the bowel prep -- it is very important to be cleaned out for the test. Try chewing gum in between glasses of the prep as this will take away the nasty aftertaste. Any medicine you take during the prep will likely be washed away ...Read more

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Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?

Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?

Some preps: Are more difficult or time consuming, which caues non-compliance, or result in more electrolyte abnormalities, such as low potassium. But you are right, once the prep is complete and the end result is satisfactory, then the choice of prep is not even relevant. ...Read more

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Taking Citrafleet as bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. Is it ok to eat something light a few hours later since you took your first sachet before second?

Taking Citrafleet as bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. Is it ok to eat something light a few hours later since you took your first sachet before second?

Clear liquids only: You need your bowel free of any residue which means not eating any regular food for 24 hours before the colonoscopy. You can only have clear liquids which includes sodas, water, Tea/coffee(black only) pulp-free juices and jello, but stopping everything 4 hours before the procedure. ...Read more

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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


Bowel Prep (Definition)

This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid ...Read more