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Does bowel preparation for colonoscopy hurt?

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There are several ways to thoroughly clean the colon prior to colonoscopy; none of these can cause pain, says American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Bowel preparation includes successive days of clear liquid diet, drinking large amounts of bowel cleansing solution, enema, taking laxatives or a combination of any of these.

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The colon must be thoroughly cleaned before colonoscopy to allow your doctor to make a complete, accurate diagnosis and assessment of unusual growths that can later on become pre-cancerous cells, stated MedicineNet. Those medications that potentially interfere with the analysis must be discontinued such as blood thinners, insulin, iron supplements and arthritis medications. It is best to inform your doctor about your current medications and treatment details.

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