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When should I take the colonoscopy cleansing solution?

According to instructions, I need to start with drinking the solution at 6pm and finish it by 9pm. But I have class and being the dedicated student that I am, can I actually start drinking the solution at 9 pm and finish by 12, instead. My procedure is scheduled for 11:45 the next day.

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Of course you can start at 9 pm. Just be aware that you may be up later experiencing diarrhea.

That should be fine – an alternative is to take the first 3 liters starting the night before, and take the final liter about 6 hours before your procedure (so at 5am).

I would recommend that you talk to your gastroenterologist to confirm that your plan is OK.

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