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Doctor insights on: Pills Instead Of Liquid Colonoscopy Preparation

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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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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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Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

Can I use BCAA supplement pill when on liquid diet for colonoscopy?

BCAA: This latest addition to muscle building should not interfere with the colonoscopy, but it might be best to check with the colonoscopist and see what they advise. ...Read more

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Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Should be fine: You should be fine to drink Pedialite the day before a colonoscopy if they instructed you to be on liquid diet. You can always call the doctor's office to confirm if you are unsure. ...Read more

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6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

Define clear liquids: "clear liquids" are any food that is not solid at room ; body temperature that will allow sunlight to pass through: ice pops, jello, broth without particles, juices without particulates, water, light tea. Avoid red-dyed foods that may leave residue that looks like blood to the colonoscopist. Confirm your selection with the performing doctor--you don't want to have to re-do the test due 2 bad prep. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy & liquid that's needed before test , causes me big side effects &now its needed again, please can u advice of alternative tests if any availabl?

Colonoscopy: There are many options for bowel preparation to choose from. Some of these options are much smaller in volume and also there is pill form. You should discuss your concerns with your GI physician to determine the best options for you. There are other options beside colonoscopy, but none of the other ones will have therapeutic benefits (most of the other ones are diagnostic). Again, discuss! ...Read more

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What is the liquid you drink before a colonoscopy made from?

What is the liquid you drink before a colonoscopy made from?

Water and salts: Generally most colon preps are made of water and a mix of salts to both replace those expected to be washed out by the prep, but also to make it "neutral", so your body chemistry will not change much with the large volumes of fluid ingested. Substances to change the taste are also generally used too, although most peolpe still say it tastes terrible :(. ...Read more

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What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

Lime popsicles: Colonoscopy prep can be tolerated when lime popsicles are added to your clear liquid, non red food list. Get the low calorie type. ...Read more

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If you are type II diabetic and have an upcoming Colonoscopy where for two days prior to the procedure what's are the safest liquids or broths, etc?

If you are type II diabetic and have an upcoming Colonoscopy where for two days prior to the procedure what's are the safest liquids or broths, etc?

Bowel prep: Hi. For the bowel prep, stop any diabetes drugs that can cause hypoglycemia (insulins, sulfonylureas, meglitinides); continue the others. After colonoscopy, start back all your regular diabetes meds. Good luck, and no polyps! ...Read more