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What Time Should I Start My Bowel Prep
I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?
May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
depends on why: If you are having a bowel prep for a procedure, like colonoscopy, and the prep is not done or effective, you may be sent home if there is too much stool to allow for thorough evaluation by the endoscopist. If it is for surgery, an inadequate bowel prep may increase the risk of infection after colon surgery. In any case, it is to your advantage to make sure the prep is done correctly. ...Read more
Soon: The time can be as short as 30 minutes. ...Read more
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