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When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

When will the laxatives for my colonoscopy preparation start working?

Depends : On which preparation you were give by your doctor. Some are very fast as in 30-60 minutes, others take longer, check with your doctor who ordered the prep. ...Read more

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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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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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I have hemorrhoids not sure if internal or external prep h sups do work better than topical creams doing sitz baths not getting well any advice?

I have hemorrhoids not sure if internal or external prep h sups do work better than topical creams doing sitz baths not getting well any advice?

Hemorrhoids: This can take a very very long time , weeks or even months. Make sure your stools are soft. All that said , a warning , you can have more than one problem .You can have hemorrhoids and other problems at the same time that could cause bleeding at your age. ...Read more

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Scheduled for colonoscopy but afraid magnesium citrate won't clear my colon. Docqulace and bisacodyl failed to evacuate colon. Will the citrate work?

Scheduled for colonoscopy but afraid magnesium citrate won't clear my colon. Docqulace and bisacodyl failed to evacuate colon. Will the citrate work?

AlwaysAGuess; agent,: dose & response relationships with all the usual complex individual variables. A full bottle of citrate of magnesia will likely be far more effective than the other agents, especially if one stays physically active, fasts, take 2 days prior & chase with another bottle 1 day prior. Just keep up clear liquids. Awareness of heart beats both a focus & a self-distraction (from other greater) issues. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use hydrocortisone acetate suppositories to relieve rectal pains during colonoscopy prep (while on liquid or fasting)?

Is it okay to use hydrocortisone acetate suppositories to relieve rectal pains during colonoscopy prep (while on liquid or fasting)?

Rectal discomfort: During the prep is from the frequent loose stools and wiping too much. Soaking your bottom in warm water and applying over the counter ointments such as calmoseptine may help. The hemorrhoids can also get enlarged from such and can cause rectal discomfort on the inside. Hydrocortisone supp may help in that case. ...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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Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Stool softener: The stool softener is the better choice, you have to take it consistently and can increase it if needed. You also have to drink a lot of fluid with the stool softener. ...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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How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

Here's helpful link: ...and video: http://www.suprepkit.com/dose-instruction.htm (in English and Spanish versions) ...Read more

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Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Yes: There are many kinds of prep ; they are necessary and safe. ...Read more

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Is there any colonoscopy prep you can take without taking bisacodyl tablets?

Is there any colonoscopy prep you can take without taking bisacodyl tablets?

Many options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more

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Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Be: You need to have a clean colon. Usually have GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) the evening before tomake sure there is no stool that can mask any abnormalities on the colon wall. ...Read more

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Why are GI docs not using movi-prep anymore for colonoscopies?

Not true: My endoscopy center uses movi prep exclusively for out open access colonoscopy patients. It usually ends up being a personal preference of the endoscopist/endo center. ...Read more

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Is colon cleanse necessary? I have good bowel function, i eliminate nearly once daily. Which colon cleanse regimen is suitable?

Is colon cleanse necessary? I have good bowel function, i eliminate nearly once daily. Which colon cleanse regimen is suitable?

Colon ; health: Absolutely not. I know of no physician that would recommend such a process. I would advise to to not do this. ...Read more

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Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Yes safe.: as a cardiologist, I say yes it's safe. Golytely is a large volume prep that many of my heart pts had probs with in the past. I think miralax (polyethylene glycol) is better tolerated. ...Read more

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

Other options : There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more

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Can the liquid for colonoscopy prep make u nauseous?

Can the liquid for colonoscopy prep make u nauseous?

Unfortunately yes : Don't drink it too fast-there is no rush.Some people spread it over an hour.Try drinking through a straw so you can't smell it.See if your doctor will let you mix it with apple juice or sprite. Finally, put a wet wash cloth on your neck and sit in a recliner with your feet up.I found that the prep for the colonoscopy was way worse than the procedure itself. Bless your heart! ...Read more