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Prepping For Colonoscopy
Any laxative can!: The goal of the prep is to eliminate stool. Diet plays an important role- avoiding fruits and vegetables for a couple of days helps. Then the laxatives come in. Everyone is different in response to laxatives. Doctors find "preps" they like- if you follow their instructions, you should have a complete exam. ...Read more
Yes...: It is often recommended that one avoid anti-inflammatory drugs which may affect blood clotting before GI endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy. But while allopurinol is taken for gout, it is not an anti-inflammatory drug. It reduces the production of uric acid, the substance responsible for gout inflammatory symptoms. You can continue taking allopurinol during your prep. Good luck! ...Read more
Is Epsom salt safe and effective as a prep for colonoscopy. If so, what is the correct dosage to use?
No: You should not use Epsom salt as a colonoscopy prep, unless it is recommended by your gastroenterologist. The only preps which are proven safe are the ones that are prescribed. It is important for the safety and reliability of the colonoscopy that the prep be done according to the instructions. It's not fun, but you should do it right! Good luck. ...Read more