A Gentler Colonoscopy Prep

Gentler Colonoscopy PrepMany people will tell you that the worst part of a colonoscopy is the prep. Preparation is critical, though, to help your doctor identify any polyps — it also helps the colonoscopy go faster. Some colonoscopy prep involves drinking up to four liters of a prep solution to help cleanse your colon. Even for someone who typically drinks a lot of fluids, that’s a large amount and you have to drink a few ounces every 15 minutes, which makes the prep almost a full-time job.

Your doctor may prescribe a gentler prep regimen OsmoPrep, which uses pills rather than liquid solutions. You will take about 32 pills while drinking clear liquids. Some people find the pills more palatable than the liquid solutions used in other prep procedures. OsmoPrep is not recommended for patients with renal insufficiency or congestive heart failure.

Like all colonoscopy prep procedures, the goal is to clean out your colon, so there’s no avoiding the diarrhea and stomach cramping. But at least you aren’t topping that off by trying to chug down large quantities of liquid. Colonoscopy prep is never anyone’s idea of a good time, but it is critical to finding polyps and preventing colon cancer.

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