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Can colonoscopy prep make you sick?

Can colonoscopy prep make you sick?

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 (sodium bisphosphate) 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

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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Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

Colonoscopy prep clear return? Brown return?

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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Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

Is it possible for you to eat yogurt during a colonoscopy prep?

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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I can't take any more of my colonoscopy prep medicine! what do you recommend?

Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with the clear flavored gatorade. It may make it easier for you. Usually, each dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) equals 25% of a bowel prep. So however much you didn't complete with your bowel prep - substitute one dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) for each 1/4 of the prep. ...Read more

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Are jolly ranchers safe for colonoscopy prep?

Yes: They dissolve completely and are no problem. Suggest you avoid the red and purple. ...Read more

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Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Some of the: Older preps could have irritated an already inflamed colon, but if your colitis is in remission, currently used preps should not cause a flair. ...Read more

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Is orange jello ok for colonoscopy prep day?

Probably ok: But best tocall your endoscopists office and ask their preferences and for clarification. ...Read more

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Ok to drink myoplex lite with colonoscopy prep?

Never heard of it: The doctor who orders colonoscopy would be able to guide you best. Call him or her or their nurse to help you and guide you further. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat orange jello during my colonoscopy prep?

Yes and no.: Avoid red and purple, but orange doesn't usually cause much problem. Be sure to consume a lot of liquids, too. Check with your doctor's office, they might have unique restrictions/limitations. The red jello can get confused with fresh blood! ...Read more

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Is there any difference between the colonoscopy prep pills or liquid?

Is there any difference between the colonoscopy prep pills or liquid?

Not much: Different doctors will ask you to do different preparation. A lot of time it is Dr. preference based on their experience. ...Read more

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How long does it take to replenish electrolytes that have been lost during a colonoscopy prep?

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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I read the dosage wrong on the colonoscopy prep. I drank 4 doses in less than 10 mins. Will i be alright?

Yes: The prep is an electrolyte or osmotic solution designed to keep fluid within the bowel wall and cause diarrhea. Taking a dose in a short time will not harm you. Be sure to follow directions about drinking liquids, as you may become dehydrated. ...Read more

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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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What are the differences between sigmoidoscopy prep and colonoscopy prep?

It is similar: Both procedures require complete cleaning up of the Colorectal area. So the prep is not any different. ...Read more

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How to keep from vomiting during colonoscopy prep?

Basics: Some basic remedies include keeping it cold, using a straw, or mixing / chasing it with something you like. Otherwise you may need a different bowel prep or a dose of an anti-emetic like Phenergan (promethazine) or Reglan before you start. ...Read more

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How can I prevent puking during a colonoscopy prep?

Anesthesiologist: Inform your anesthesiologist that you get nauseated after procedures. They can give you something during the procedure to reduce your post-procedure nausea. ...Read more

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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