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Go Lightly 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
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
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. ...Read more
Soon: The time can be as short as 30 minutes. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?
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
Yes for best results: Best results are obtained by swallowing the capsule after good bowel prep. It has minute digital camera, which takes pictures when passing through the small bowel, well prepared gut will give best accurate pictures of pathology (diseased area) than unprepared bowel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on why: If you are having a bowel prep for a procedure, like colonoscopy, and the prep is not done or effective, you may be sent home if there is too much stool to allow for thorough evaluation by the endoscopist. If it is for surgery, an inadequate bowel prep may increase the risk of infection after colon surgery. In any case, it is to your advantage to make sure the prep is done correctly. ...Read more
Probably: Not a good thing. Call your endoscopist and notify them as they may decide to cancel or suggest another prep to try to salvage the procedure. ...Read more