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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?

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. ...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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How painful is bowel prep?

How painful is bowel prep?

None: There should be no pain with a bowel prep, which are laxatives to clean the intestines. There could be mild bloating, fullness, or minimal intestinal cramping feeling. Of course, diarrhea is the natural expected result of this bowel prep. ...Read more

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Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Watery diarrhea: Stay near a toilet, drink lots of water or light juice and do not trust the feeling of flatus it will be a liquid bowel movement. The prep may make you feel bloated until you are done going. ...Read more

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How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

Prep: This may take 6 hours or longer. Usually preps involve drinking large quantities of a special liquid or taking pills. The goal is a clear effluent that will help the specialist visualize the colon during colonoscopy or make your surgery safer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

Cleansing: 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 stool from the colon. ...Read more

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Does bowel prep cause colitis?

Does bowel prep cause colitis?

No: The inflammation can be aggravated by it but it will not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Bowel prep causes rectal pain?

Not bad: Bowel prep obviously increases the flow through your body. This can be associated with pain, usually cramping. It should not cause sever pain. ...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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Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Safety: It is not common to have a bowel prep. It can be recommended for cancer or if adhesions and scar tissue such as prior surgery raise the risk for possible bowel injuries. It is safer to have a bowel prep than risk infection with a bowel injury. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more