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    Apr 23, 2015, 07:54 AM
    Prep for Colonoscopy
    My husband is getting a colonoscopy next month. His doctor gave him instructions to prepare and I wanted to know if this common. 5 days before the procedure he starts taking Milk of Magnesia morning and night. He takes this on day 5, 4 and 3. On day 3 he adds taking Dulcolax or Mirolax with a sports drink. Day 2 he just takes the Dulcolax and only has clear liquids. Can't he just do a purge the day before? Seems likes this will be very uncomfortable for all 5 days.
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    Apr 23, 2015, 07:59 AM
    That sounds like overkill. When I had mine, I took GoLightly the day before. And believe me, you don't Go Lightly!
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    Apr 23, 2015, 08:33 AM
    Good lord... 5 days?? Yes that is excessive... I've been through this three times already, there are different preps available... here we have ( at least the two options I was offered) the fruit infused dirty dishwater flavor that you have to choke down a gallon of without puking, or the Ducolax pills with the two or three bottles of manganese citrate, which is powerefully nasty tasting stuff but far less to gag down.
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    Apr 23, 2015, 12:31 PM
    Was this the doctor from hell ! I agree with all. Normally the clean out is done the day before. I took the same thing as smoothly.
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    Apr 23, 2015, 01:53 PM
    I've also had several done. I'm should be due for my 6th in a year or so. I've never been required to go through that much prep. So he should call his doctor and ask why. There may be a good reason for it.
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    Apr 23, 2015, 02:24 PM
    Just had one-my last thank you- took stuff for 2 days and a final Dulcolax. 5 sounds a bit long. However, just doing a "purge" won't work.

    Smoothy-I hope it was magnesium citrate!
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    Apr 23, 2015, 02:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ma0641 View Post
    Just had one-my last thank you- took stuff for 2 days and a final Dulcolax. 5 sounds a bit long. However, just doing a "purge" won't work.

    Smoothy-I hope it was magnesium citrate!
    It probably was.. couldn't remember which it was...

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