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Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Yes: Initially, you will have brown stool-colored results after colonoscopy prep. Eventually the goal is clear return or clear-ish with occasional flecks of brown liquid stool. ...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


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I have been on clear liquid diet all day and started colonoscopy prep 4.5 hours ago. I have drank 2 liters of movi-prep without a BM. What should I do?

I have been on clear liquid diet all day and started colonoscopy prep 4.5 hours ago. I have drank 2 liters of movi-prep without a BM. What should I do?

Continue prep: Continue the prep as prescribed. If you have not had good BMs prior to time for the procedure, let the doctor who is going to do the procedure know. If your colon is not cleared out, the doctor will not be able to see well enough for the colonoscopy to be of any value. You may need to be prescribed a different bowel prep. ...Read more

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Mild bleeding seen in otherwise clear stool during colonoscopy prep w/ increased llq pain, should I keep going & finish am dose?

Mild bleeding seen in otherwise clear stool during colonoscopy prep w/ increased llq pain, should I keep going & finish am dose?

Call your GI MD: The fact that you have more llq pain is of concern; were you to have acute diverticulitis, it would merit immediate treatment; call your GI dr. For advice. ...Read more

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Can colonoscopy prep make you sick?

Possibly: The prep called GoLytly is polyethelyne glycol which when ingested causes an outpouring of body fluid into the GI tract which can lead to dehydration. It is more important to have a bland diet without roughage several days before and use a Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to clean the distal colon. A clean colon is the important issue and not the total use of oral meds to clean out the bowel. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

It is : Possible but not recommended. A clear liquid is anything you can see through and most yogurts I have seen are not clear! ...Read more

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I can't take any more of my colonoscopy prep medicine! what do you recommend?

Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with the clear flavored gatorade. It may make it easier for you. Usually, each dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) equals 25% of a bowel prep. So however much you didn't complete with your bowel prep - substitute one dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) for each 1/4 of the prep. ...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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Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Some of the: Older preps could have irritated an already inflamed colon, but if your colitis is in remission, currently used preps should not cause a flair. ...Read more