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How Long Will It Take To Complete My Bowel Prep
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?
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
Can I take magnesium citrate ontop of my miralax (polyethylene glycol) for bowel prep? 1 gallon of miralax (polyethylene glycol) is too much, can I only drink half a gallon?
Just mag citrate: You can have just magnesium citrate. Why are you having bowel prep. Discuss with your physician if mag citrate is a substitute that is satisfactory alternative. Tell him miralax (polyethylene glycol) volume is too much. However though discomfort it is do-able for most people ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your choice: Colon lavage preps are designed to "wash through" the gut without being absorbed. As such, flavors used are restricted to sugar-free products (sugar promotes water absorption), & should avoid colors that stain the gut (red-colored preps are particularly troublesome when searching for bleeding sites). Commercial flavor choices: cherry, orange, wild berry, lemon-lime, pineapple, or no flavor added. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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