Palatability of colonic lavage solution is improved by the addition of artificially sweetened flavored drink mixes

Marcia Gruber, David Fay, Ted Pudhorodsky, Michael P Lance

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A frequent complaint of patients asked to drink polyethylene glycol (PE.G) colonic lavage solution is the salty flavor. This often results in failure to ingest the entire 4 liters of the solution and compromises bowel cleansing. The purpose of this study was to determine systematically whether the addition of a flavored drink mix sweetened with aspartame to the PE.G lavage solution would improve palatability without significantly altering the osmolality of the solution. Eighty-seven (87) staff volunteers participated in a taste test of PE.G lavage solutions containing varying amounts of commercially available drink mixes. The solution containing two packages of lemon-flavored KoolAid drink mix sweetened with aspartame was significantly more palatable than the others (p < 0.005), while osmolality remained within the range specified by the manufacturer of Colyte.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Volume14
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Palatability of colonic lavage solution is improved by the addition of artificially sweetened flavored drink mixes. / Gruber, Marcia; Fay, David; Pudhorodsky, Ted; Lance, Michael P.

In: Gastroenterology Nursing, Vol. 14, No. 3, 1991, p. 135-137.

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