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Over The Counter Colonoscopy Prep
I took miralax prep for colonoscopy tomorrow..also 4 stool softeners as directed along with the broth jello diet..started the cleanse at 4 p.m. still ?
May take awhile: Hi BShetty, The bowel prep for a colonoscopy can be very challenging to take. Because the goal is to clear your colon of stool completely, the regimen is very aggressive and you may be having bowel movements almost continuously until it is just clear liquid coming out. Depending on the regimen, you may also experience residual cramping as the effects of the laxative wear off. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Mostly yes: In preparing for colonoscopy ist is necessary that the bowel be relatively clean so that small lesions can be recognized and biopsied if necessary. As such bowel prep is employed. In essence colonoscopy not performed without a prep. Colon cleansing is also a term employed to cleanse the bowel which has impacted with feces and a high colonic enema is used for cleansing. ...Read more
Go to the local: health department. They will most likely treat parasitic disease without charge. There is NO over the counter treatment and it is dependent on the specific parasite you have. Do not delay as more serious conditions and spread of the parasite can occur. ...Read more
Can a capsule endoscopy replace an upper endoscopy &colonoscopy for a 3 year old? Is the same prep required for the capsule endoscopy?
Possibly: If you are at an academic center working with pediatric GI and radiology specialists, this can be a great alternative if you just need to look. If they think biopsies are going to be needed, then won't work. And, unfortunately, you do need pretty much the same cleanout so you can get good images form the camera and be able to see what is really going on. Child also has to be able to swallow camera ...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
OTC works: The over the counter medicine works just fine. Repeat the dose in 2 weeks to finish the job. ...Read more
Why would bowel preps not work? Poor prep with colyte (polyethylene glycol). Now on 2 day prep starting w/ mag. Citrate. No bm after 9 hours. Followed directions exactly!
No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Nifedipine is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. There are many different medications and combinations of medications that can be used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). A prescription is needed, and the doctor will follow along in order to get one on the best dosage of the proper medication(s). Lifestyle treatments (diet, exercise) are also important. ...Read more
Need prescription: Over the counter products are either benzoyl peroxide such as proactive or salicylic acid found in maxclaroty. These will not be very effective in severe acne. This will require a cpmbnoation of creams such as a retinoid, and possibly oral medications. This requires vist to dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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