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New Ways to Make Colonoscopy Prep Easier

It’s just the prep that’s awful! That’s what many people say about colonoscopy, and it’s a big reason why they avoid screening. Two studies reported during Digestive Disease Week 2010 looked at ways to make the prep easier for patients. In one, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit gave a drug usually prescribed for constipation or a placebo to patients along with a gallon of polyethylene glycol with electrolytes (PEG-EL) and told them to stop drinking the PEG solution when their bowel movements were clear. A second trial in Europe compared 4 liters of PEG-EL to 2 liters of PEG-EL  with ascorbic acid (MoviPrep®).