Q. I recently took my husband for a consultation before his colonoscopy. He wants to get the drink now to clean his colon and then take it again the day before the procedure. Is there any danger to this?
I understand he wants the doctor to get a good view of his colon and is afraid taking the drink the day before is not going to be enough. He also thinks he would possibly feel better if he took this.
A. Your husband may be watching too much cable television, where they talk about detoxification and colon cleansing. After he does this once, he may not be so enthusiastic about repeating the procedure right away. It is unlikely to make him feel better.
If your husband follows the doctor’s instructions carefully, his colon will be clean for the procedure. Side effects may include nausea, bloating, cramping and anal irritation.