Do you have to drink laxatives for a colonoscopy preparation?

This question was asked in San Jose, California on 03/29/2012.
Is this mix required before the colonoscopy procedure? What does it do exactly? I have been told that it is very disgusting. Are there other ways of preparation that will not involve this laxative?

Doctors Answers (1)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/2/2012 1

Yes. You need to drink a preparation to clean out your colon. It is necessary.