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Health Tip: Restrict Your Diet Before Colonoscopy

Posted 8 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Preparing for a colonoscopy may not be pleasant, but it's worth the effort. The Harvard Medical School offers these suggestions: Cut down on fiber several days before the scheduled colonoscopy. Avoid whole grains, nuts, seeds, raw produce and dried fruit. Stick to only clear liquids the day before. Water, bouillon, clear juices, black coffee, plain tea, popsicles, Jell-O, clear sodas and sports drinks are generally acceptable. Take the preparation as recommended by your doctor. If it isn't flavored, consider adding a powdered drink (nothing blue, purple or red), or lemon or lime to mask the taste. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Set aside with some magazines, books or other reading material. Make sure you've cleared your schedule for the day. Read more

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Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplant: Study

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they have verified the effectiveness of a quicker way to rid people of recurring C. difficile bacterial infection. A new clinical trial has shown that frozen stool samples work just as well as freshly donated samples when treating a tough C. difficile infection through a procedure called fecal transplantation. Doctors have used frozen stool samples to treat C. difficile for a couple of years, because the prepackaged samples allow for much easier and swifter treatment than identifying and screening a fresh donor, said lead author Dr. Christine Lee, director of the microbiology residency program at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. "Donor screening can take one to two weeks," Lee said. "If a person requires fecal transplant right away, then that's not possible." The clinical trial showed that patients do not pay a price for the convenience ... Read more

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Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – Though saddled with an undeniable "yuck factor," fecal transplantation appears to be a safe and effective way to combat a serious intestinal infection, according to a new review. Fecal transplantation, also known as fecal bacteriotherapy, is a procedure that involves the removal of stool from a healthy donor and infusion of that stool – and all the healthy bacteria it contains – into the microbial environment of the sick patient. Specifically, the review found that for recurrent infections caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the intervention is successful 85 percent of the time. Fecal transplants also helped 55 percent of patients for whom standard drug treatments didn't work. C. difficile can be picked up in hospitals and doctors' offices, and in 2011 the bacteria was to blame for 500,000 infections and 29,000 deaths, according to the ... Read more

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New Prep for Colon Screen Uses Four Pills, Not Liquid Laxative

Posted 31 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 31 – Prepping for a "virtual colonoscopy" at the Mayo Clinic now only involves swallowing four cleansing tablets, rather than the large amounts of liquid laxative typically required, researchers report. This summer, Mayo embraced the tablet bowel prep as its standard of care for patients undergoing noninvasive colonography, which relies on a CT scan to generate a 3-D snapshot of the patient's colon and rectum. The four-tablet prep, which contains the laxative agent bisacodyl, would not sufficiently prepare patients for a standard colonoscopy, which involves the insertion of a tiny camera into the patient's large intestine for a real-time visual inspection of the region. The screenings are recommended for people over 50 for early detection of colon cancer. The colonography route would suffice for the vast majority of patients, the Mayo team says, raising the prospect that ... Read more

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FDA Approves Prepopik for Colonoscopy Prep

Posted 18 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

July 17, 2012 - On July 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Prepopik (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide and citric acid) to help cleanse the colon in adults preparing for colonoscopy. One dose of Prepopik consists of two packets of powder, each dissolved in cold water and taken at separate times. Patients should take Prepopik the night before colonoscopy and the morning of colonoscopy (Split-Dose regimen). If this is not possible, patients may take Prepopik in the afternoon and evening before the colonoscopy (Day-Before regimen). As part of this colon-cleansing regimen, patients taking Prepopik must consume additional fluids during and after use. Additional fluid intake is also important to reduce the risk of fluid and electrolyte imbalance. The most common side effects reported in adult patients taking Prepopik include nausea, headache and vomiting. “The choice of a ... Read more

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Inadequate Bowel Prep May Invalidate Colonoscopy

Posted 29 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 29 – Doctors may fail to detect precancerous growths if patients' colons aren't adequately cleansed before having a colonoscopy, a new study warns. On the day before a colonoscopy, patients are instructed to stop eating solid food and to consume only clear liquids. They also drink bowel-cleansing mixtures to empty the colon. However, previous research suggests that up to one-quarter of colonoscopy patients fail to adequately cleanse their colons. The new study, from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, examined the potential consequences of poor bowel preparation. Researchers identified 373 patients who underwent a colonoscopy between 2004 and 2009, and had inadequate bowel preparation. Of the 133 patients who later had a second colonoscopy, nearly 34 percent had at least one precancerous growth detected in the repeat screening. Nearly one in five ... Read more

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Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm: Report

Posted 1 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1 – Despite the popularity of colon cleansing, there's no evidence that the procedure – which can be done at home or in day spas – offers any health benefits, a new study finds. However, colon cleansing can cause serious side effects ranging from vomiting to kidney failure and death, the authors of the report say. Colon cleansing – also called colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy – often involves the use of chemicals followed by flushing the colon with water through a tube inserted in the rectum, explained the Georgetown University researchers. They analyzed 20 studies about colon cleansing that were published over the last decade and found little evidence that the procedure offers any benefits. Instead, a number of the studies noted side effects such as cramping, bloating, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and kidney failure. The findings appear in the August ... Read more

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Proper Bowel Prep Key to Effective Colon Cancer Screening: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15 – Inadequate bowel-cleansing before a colonoscopy can result in high miss rates for precancerous polyps (adenomas) and a need for earlier repeat tests, a new study finds. "Our findings of a miss rate of 42 percent for all adenomas and 27 percent for advanced adenomas suggest that suboptimal bowel preparation has a substantial harmful impact on the effectiveness of colonoscopy, and follow-up examination within one year should be considered," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Since colorectal cancer develops slowly over time, effective screening and early detection of the disease is key to a patient's survival. Colonoscopy screening enables doctors to identify and remove precancerous polyps (small growths in the colon) before they turn into cancer. In order for this procedure to be effective, however, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for Colonoscopy

Posted 9 Dec 2008 by Drugs.com

-- To examine your colon in a procedure called a colonoscopy, you must prepare by emptying the colon. The procedure enables your doctor to search for signs of cancer and other abnormalities affecting the large intestine. Your doctor will give you exact instructions, but in general, your diet should consist of clear liquids that do not contain artificial coloring. The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says the following foods generally are acceptable parts of a pre-colonoscopy diet: Fruit juice (strained with no pieces of fruit). Water. Plain, unsweetened tea or coffee. Diet soda. Broths that are fat-free. Gelatin. Read more

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Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men

Posted 16 Nov 2008 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 16 – Women may have a harder time prepping for colonoscopy than men, a new study suggests. Patients must empty their colon to increase the rate of success in the procedure, in which a doctor uses a flexible camera to search for polyps or lesions along the entire length of the colon. This poses problems for women, who are more likely to suffer constipation and/or irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause gas, bloating, and abdominal pain or spasm, according to a report in the November issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch. To help, the publication suggests: Receiving and completely reviewing your colonoscopy prep instructions well before the procedure date. They will require that certain medications and foods be stopped up to a week ahead of time. Block out time and arrange for privacy to complete the prep with as little stress as possible. Clear your schedule, be at home ... Read more

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