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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
ok i'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow and i've been on a liquid diet all day. I drank the first bottle of phospho soda 21/2 hrs. ago and nothing yet . How long does it take to make you start going?

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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
It took about an hour and a half - two hours for it to kick in for me. Drink A LOT of water - when you think you've had enough, drink more. It'll help things move along faster and it'll stop you from getting severely dehydrated.

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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree...lots of water!!  It will help tremendously.  Although when I did my colonoscopy the first time, I was already having so much diarrhea, it didn't matter!!

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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Kay, it took me about 4 hours last time.
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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, drink as much water as you can.  If you are not in pain I would suggest moving around a bit, even if it is walking through your house.  I didn't have anything for about 2 hours then it all kicked in. 

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   Posted 4/22/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
well right now the only thing thats happening is my stomach is distended and hard. Hope it all breaks loose soon. Thanks for the replies i have to drink another bottle in two hrs. surely that will do the trick if not i'm in some kind of trouble.

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   Posted 4/22/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I took the pills and it took longer than usual for me last time too. I will still going on my way to the appointment. Good luck, take care of yourself. No fun. HUGS

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   Posted 4/22/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
The water stimulates the gut to start emptying, the phosphosoda needs the water to help it do it best job.
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