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Mannitol alternative?

I am having an MRI small bowel in a couple of weeks. My question is this – is there an alternative to Mannitol as a pre-procedure drink? I had the same 4 years ago and the mannitol had a huge laxative effect on me and made me feel really ill and cause me to have diarrhea in the street. I really don’t want to go through that again. Anyone know anything else?

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    12 months ago


    I had a similar experience. After drinking the awful drink, I would get super sick and throw up and get thrown into a flare. I told me doctor and said I would refuse to go through that again. There came a point where I needed to get an MRI again later on, and honestly they allowed me to do it without drinking anything. Perhaps ask your doctor if that would be okay?

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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