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What are the side effects of bowel preparation before a colonoscopy?

The type and severity of side effects of bowel prep before colonoscopy differ among patients. They also vary with the product used. Some patients have nausea, vomiting, bloating (swelling in the abdomen) or abdominal pain. Bowel prep can cause kidney failure, heart failure or seizures, but this is rare. Your doctor will explain the possible side effects of the prep selected for you.

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