Inexpensive Colonoscopy Prep

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mika Says:

wow I cant believe my eyes!!! I have ulcerative colitis I was diagnosed with 21 yrs ago. Every 2 years my dr checks me for cancer which means I have at least 10 colonoscopy's....each time I was advised to take magnesium citrate (2 bottles any flavor) and dulcolax tabs 4 in the am, etc, along with clear liquids, popsicles, jello, whatever... Anyway I have never spent more than $15 including the "snacks". I'm not a dr so maybe there's a reason to prescribe this $$$ kit but I would strongly advise asking your dr for a less expensive option.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Mika! How are you? Thank you for posting this great advice for others.

It is a sad, but true fact that many doctors prescribe the "latest and greatest", without considering the expense to the patient. Doctors are not educated as in-depth on medication information as pharmacists and researchers are, so they often just take the word of a pharmaceutical rep and the details listed in whatever flyers about it that they leave with them. Then, of course, it's the one foremost in their mind, when they are prescribing for the next patient.

That is why I always advise people to speak to a pharmacist, researcher, or tech, if you really want the full details on any given medication, or if you want to see what you other treatment options might be. Such people are not doctors and cannot actually prescribe anything, but they can tell you the FDA approved uses, side effects, and whether or not there are alternatives that you can ask your doctor about trying.

For example, sometimes people post on here about how expensive some blood pressure medications are, and while only a doctor can change their prescription, if the one they've been taking is say a calcium channel blocker, I can let them know if there are others that are available as generics, so they can discuss the possibility of trying one of them with their doctor. And the same applies to other medication classifications.

However, there are many things to consider, when a doctor decides the most appropriate and safest medication for any given patient and it is always best to trust them on that, because they do put years of study into learning such information.

Does anyone have any questions or comments?

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