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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Colonoscopy Prep

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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 did not work . Drank 64 ounces and took four laxatives . Did not use the bathroom once . What should I do ? I need this test done

Colonoscopy prep did not work .  Drank 64 ounces and took four laxatives . Did not use the bathroom once . What should I do ? I need this test done

Reschedule Colonosco: Without a good bowel preparation, colonoscopy will not give enough information. Speak to the doctor doing the colonoscopy and see if this should be deferred ...Read more

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Is it okay to use hydrocortisone acetate suppositories to relieve rectal pains during colonoscopy prep (while on liquid or fasting)?

Rectal discomfort: During the prep is from the frequent loose stools and wiping too much. Soaking your bottom in warm water and applying over the counter ointments such as calmoseptine may help. The hemorrhoids can also get enlarged from such and can cause rectal discomfort on the inside. Hydrocortisone supp may help in that case. ...Read more

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

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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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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