Bowel cleansing agents are used to clean out the colon before colonoscopy.
A clean colon allows the physician to find polyps and remove them.
GoLYTELY, MoviPrep, SUPREP, OsmoPrep, Prepopik are examples of bowel cleansing agents.
Bowel cleansing agents can be used alone or in conjunction with over the counter laxatives like bisacodyl or magnesium citrate.
There are 3 ways to take your bowel cleansing agent: the day-before regimen, the split-dose regimen, and the same-day regimen.
In the day before regimen, the entire bowel cleansing agent is used the evening before the colonoscopy.
In the split-dose regimen, half the total dose of the bowel cleansing agent is used the evening before your colonoscopy and the 2nd half is used 4 hours before your colonoscopy. Split dosing leads to better colon cleansing and improved detection of polyps.
In the same-day regimen, the bowel cleansing agent is used in the morning of the colonoscopy. This can only be used for patients scheduled for afternoon colonoscopy.
Follow the advice of your physician regarding how you should use your bowel cleansing agents.
For more information, visit www.bowelprepguide.com.
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