The Easier Way to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
What is a Bowel Preparation Drink?
Are you dreading the colonoscopy prep drink? Relax! Thankfully, today’s bowel preparation drink is much more palatable than it used to be. Instead of chugging down a full gallon, patients now have the option of a half-gallon, which can be split into two doses. Some doctors even allow patients to take half the night before the procedure and the other half on the morning of. This makes the whole experience a little more manageable.
This drink acts as a laxative, helping to clear out the bowels. If you find the solution unappetizing, feel free to ask your doctor if you can add flavored drink crystals like Crystal Light or a dash of lemon juice. Chilling the solution in the refrigerator can also make it easier to swallow.
How long does the bowel prep take?
The entire bowel prep process usually lasts four to eight hours. It’s important to plan your day accordingly and be close to a restroom during this time.
Do I have to take all the laxatives if I’m already experiencing diarrhea?
Yes, you must follow the preparation instructions provided by your doctor. Your colon, approximately 5 feet long, needs to be completely emptied to ensure a thorough and accurate examination. Inadequate colon prep can result in missed polyps or other crucial findings.
What if I am thin? Do I still need to take all the laxatives?
Yes, even if you are thin, it is essential to follow the preparation instructions given to you. Regardless of body type, your colon still needs to be completely emptied for an accurate examination. Don’t worry about your physique; your doctor knows what’s best for your health.
I feel like I’m already clean, can I skip the remaining laxatives?
No, you should never skip any part of the preparation process. It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure a thorough examination. Your colon needs to be completely emptied for accurate results. Skipping laxatives may lead to missed polyps or other important findings.
How can I combat nausea while consuming the colon prep?
If you feel nauseous while drinking the colon prep, take a short break. Sip on clear liquids like ginger ale or suck on candy to settle your stomach. Once you feel better, resume drinking the preparation solution.
I’ve started my laxatives, but I haven’t had a bowel movement yet. What should I do?
Don’t worry if you haven’t had a bowel movement immediately after starting the laxatives. It can take up to two hours or longer for some patients. Remember to continue drinking clear liquids and follow your bowel prep instructions. Those with a history of chronic constipation may require more preparation than usual to ensure a properly cleansed colon. If your stools aren’t clear yellow by the end of the process, contact or visit the hospital a couple of hours earlier than scheduled to consume additional prep.
I’ve completed the prep and had multiple bowel movements, but I still don’t feel cleaned out. What’s next?
Keep hydrating yourself with plenty of clear liquids. If your stools haven’t turned clear yellow yet, you’ll need to arrive at the hospital two hours earlier than your scheduled time to consume more prep.
Now that you know what to expect during your colonoscopy preparation, you can confidently look forward to the procedure. Remember, it’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure accurate results. And if you need a little pick-me-up in the morning, don’t forget to check out Marmalade Cafe for a delightful start to your day!