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Doctor insights on: Go Lightly Bowel Prep

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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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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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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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How long should the effects of Pico-Salax bowel prep last?

How long should the effects of Pico-Salax bowel prep last?

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

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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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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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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?

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

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Am I allowed to take phergan during a bowel prep for a colonoscopy?

I wouldn't: Just take your time and drink the bowel prep -- it is very important to be cleaned out for the test. Try chewing gum in between glasses of the prep as this will take away the nasty aftertaste. Any medicine you take during the prep will likely be washed away ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Yes: It is in your best interest to do so just incase an injury occurs to your colon during the surgery, it can be repaired without the need to have a colostomy. ...Read more

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When should I take first dose of bowel prep solution, a couple of hours before bed?

When should I take first dose of bowel prep solution, a couple of hours before bed?

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

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Is there anything I can eat or drink during my bowel prep that will make me feel full?

Clear soup, jello: Jello, but not red jello, see through liquids, water, clear soups can make you feel full.
Sometimes the bowel prep itself involves large quantities of liquids too. ...Read more

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Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Do I need to take bowel prep for a capsule endoscopy?

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 more

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What happens if I don't take super bowel prep kit in time?

What happens if I don't take super bowel prep kit in time?

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

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I vomited stuff for bowel prep and colonoscopy in 7 hours. Is that okay?

I vomited stuff for bowel prep and colonoscopy in 7 hours. Is that okay?

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

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Can the virtual colonography/colonoscopy be done withOUT the bowel prep?

Can the virtual colonography/colonoscopy be done withOUT the bowel prep?

No: Virtual colonoscopy requires the same preparation as conventional procedure. Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/tc/virtual-colonoscopy-topic-overview ...Read more

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Alternatives to drinking bowel prep? I'm a 100lb male that can't drink very much liquid.

Alternatives to drinking bowel prep? I'm a 100lb male that can't drink very much liquid.

Bowel prep: For a good colonoscopy the colon should be clean. Mag citrate comes in 8oz bottles. As long as you don't have kidney issues, drinking 2 bottles and using an enema until your stool is clear can be effective. ...Read more

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Is it absolutely essential that I drink all of the bowel prep before I have a colonoscopy?

Yes: Yes so that your colon is clean enough. If you choose not to, the endoscopist may not be able to see everything' could potentially miss a lesion, and with an inadequate prep, I usually recommend that I repeat the scope much sooner than if I was comfortable I could see everything well. E.G repeat in 5 yrs instead of 10. ...Read more

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How do gastroenterologists decide which bowel prep to use? Do you get a choice or is it somehing that they get to decide and you don't get any choice?

ASK THEM: How chosen? Effectiveness and simplicity mainly, with a little personal choice based on what has seemed to work for a given doctor. Choice? Depends on the doctor, but never hurts to ask. Me the colon cancer patient will never drink supraprep again, not even if swapped for a date with a hollywood starlet. I prefer the 'lytely' products. Ask your doctor what options they can offer. ...Read more

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Is there a pre-colonoscopy bowel prep that won't make me sit in the bathroom all night?

Is there a pre-colonoscopy bowel prep that won't make me sit in the bathroom all night?

That's the point: Unfortunately the goal of the prep is to completely clear your large intestines of fecal matter. And since there is only one exit.... Just remember why you are doing it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doing bowel prep for colonoscopy/ged tomorrow. Only 24oz left to drink and bowel liquid isn't clear yet? Will this be a problem?

Doing bowel prep for colonoscopy/ged tomorrow. Only 24oz left to drink and bowel liquid isn't clear yet? Will this be a problem?

Keep drinking: Finish all liquid, and you will probably be ok. As long as the liquid is watery and without solids you should be ok. ...Read more

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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?

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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Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

Is bowl prep necessary? What is bowel prep and why is it necessary prior to colorectal surgery?

This: This is a practice that is still debated in the surgical literature with surgeons and evidence on both sides. A bowel prep refers to cleaning out the colon of stool prior to an operation (usually on the bowels) or colonoscopy. There are a variety of bowel preps used and it often depends on the practice of your surgeon. Reasons given for doing a bowel prep include; avoiding contamination of the operative field, infection, better anastomosis (sewing bowel back together), better visualization (for colonoscopy), and more pleasant for operating surgeon. Reasons against include increased infection, complications related to the prep, patient comfort. There are a wide variety of bowel preps currently in use. Most involve drinking either a large volume of liquid or a small volume of a liquid which sucks fluid into the colon, both producing a watery diarrhea. Some bowel preps have included antibiotics with the thought it would lessen infectious complications. The data is not clear. Many surgeons simply recommend a clear liquid diet for a day or two before surgery to limit the stool in the colon. There are also studies which have shown bowel preps to be dangerous by either causing electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, or actually increasing infection. As of yet there is no right answer and usually the choice of bowel prep has to do with the surgeon and their experience as almost any can be supported by some evidence. Many surgeons do colorectal surgery with no bowel prep. A colonoscopy does require a bowel prep for visualization. Speak with your surgeon about their practice. By far the most comfortable for the patient is to consume clear liquids for a day or two. ...Read more

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I have a fib and I am about to take super bowel prep for a colonoscopy. Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can do to help not going into afib

I have a fib and I am about to take super bowel prep for a colonoscopy. Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can do to help not going into afib

Is your A-Fib stable: Since you say you have A-Fib. You must have seen a physician to confirm the diagnosis?
If so you would have been electrically cardioverted, or placed on stabilizing medication.
Any of these?
Don't do a procedure in which you think you will develop cardiac problems. See a Heart Doctor before the procedure. ...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