This question was answered on Sun 20, Sep 2009 06:52am by Dr. Pankaj Khater

Having a colonoscopy tomorrow, so ZERO food today. Only liquids and jell-o. Can I at least chew gum

    
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Having a colonoscopy tomorrow, so ZERO food today. Only liquids and jell-o. Can I at least chew gum if I don't swallow it? Thnx

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Answer by Dr. Pankaj Khater  on Sun 20, Sep 2009 06:52am:

Hi, Chewing gum can increase parasympathetic secretion, and since you are not allowed food, this can increase your stomach acidity. This will not harm the colonoscopy procedure, but it could cause heartburns. The logic behind keeping you on liquid diet is to avoid anything solid interfering in the procedure. If you chew the gum, then keep the amount less and drink water after it. And yes, do not swallow! Take care and regards!
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