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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
37 years in practice
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For colonoscopy prep kit what is the difference between propel body that says fiber and what can I eat before an endoscopy and a colonoscopy?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
37 years in practice
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For colonoscopy prep kit what is the difference between propel body that says fiber and what can I eat before an endoscopy and a colonoscopy?

Discuss: Your prep with your endoscopist. Each doctor has his/her favorite preps and specific instructions regarding prep and fasting. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
24 years in practice
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Do you need to follow a low fiber diet before a colonoscopy?

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
24 years in practice
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Do you need to follow a low fiber diet before a colonoscopy?

No: Just prep as instructed.

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
29 years in practice
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I am doing colonoscopy prep( suprep). Is it ok for me to take my probitoics after I am done with the cleanse? Will it mess up the test at all? I also am on low dose augmentin so need the probiotics.

Dr. Sean O Donovan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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It's ok: The probiotics deliver "good" bugs into your GI tract and should disappear before they reach your colon, which is obviously what the colonoscopy will look at. Minimize the water you take them with if it's close to the time of your colonoscopy, as a stomach full of fluid may interfere with the sedation for your procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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What kind of protein drinks are fine for colonoscopy prep?

Dr. Stephen Lloyd
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
41 years in practice
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What kind of protein drinks are fine for colonoscopy prep?

All: As long as there is no bulky fiber (fruit/vegetable products), protein should be 100% digested in the small intestine. As you get closer to colonoscopy time, go to clear liquids. Up to 6 hours before, we allow shakes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Can anyone suggest help with a colonoscopy prep gagging?

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Dilute: Dilute with gatorade, or powerade if ok with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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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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Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
59 years in practice
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Can colonoscopy prep make you sick?

Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
59 years in practice
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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 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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Dr. Daniel Para
Board Certified, General Surgery
25 years in practice
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Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Dr. Daniel Para
Board Certified, General Surgery
25 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
10 years in practice
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I can't take any more of my colonoscopy prep medicine! what do you recommend?

Dr. Allen Kamrava
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
10 years in practice
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Try Miralax: Try MiraLAX with the clear flavored gatorade. It may make it easier for you. Usually, each dose of MiraLAX equals 25% of a bowel prep. So however much you didn't complete with your bowel prep - substitute one dose of MiraLAX for each 1/4 of the prep. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Bates
Board Certified, Family Medicine
3 years in practice
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How long does it take to replenish electrolytes that have been lost during a colonoscopy prep?

Dr. Daniel Bates
Board Certified, Family Medicine
3 years in practice
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No time at all: your colonoscopy prep should have been done with Go-lytely a mixture of laxity r and electrolytes which stops any electrolyte depletion. If not, you can replenish your self in a few hours if otherwise healthy by drinking something electrolyte rich like coconut water. ...Read more

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