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Bowel Prep Not Working
Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse
Diagnosis needed: I would be concerned about a possible incomplete mechanical obstruction in your intestinal tract in view of symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.it may be an irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation, however. Nevertheless I recommend a thorough evaluation by a gastroenterologist who will order appropriate tests and, if advisable, refer to an abdominal surgeon for evaluation
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
I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?
May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions.See 3 more doctor answers
The active: Ingredients in Pico-Salax, largely used in Canada, are sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide and citric acid. Together these work as a strong purgative/substance to empty bowels. These preps usually take over an hour to drink, and can begin working nearly immediately or soon. The manufacturer says "the effects...may last for a few hours after you finish it." I would say usually <6, but up to 12.
Soon: The time can be as short as 30 minutes.
Instuctions to follo: The bowel prep medicine (drinking solution) comes with Instructions which you should read carefully and try to follow. You can start he medication like you have planned. It doe snot have to be timed perfectly, yet it takes 6-8 hours to clean up the bowel. Good luck.
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.
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.
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