Kinder, gentler colonoscopy preps

Q. My doctor has recommended that I have a colonoscopy this year. The last time I had one, the preparation I had to drink the day before the procedure tasted awful. Are there any new preparations that are easier to take?

A. You have several options now for cleaning out the colon before colonoscopy, often called a "colon prep." Perhaps you can find one that is less disagreeable than the last one. In colonoscopy, a doctor examines the colon for abnormalities. To provide the clearest view, it's important for you to complete the laxative colon prep as directed.

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