colonoscopy prep...

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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My first colonoscopy is next wednesday. The doctor gave me trilyte for prep along with 4 dulcolax tablets. He told me about the trilyte but did not tell me what the tablets are for. Does anyone know.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
The Dulcolax are added insurance to ensure things are cleared out...I usually do one bottle of phospho-soda and then a few hours after I've done that I pop the 4 Dulcolax and drink with plenty of water to follow.

A good tip is eat lightly (even liquid-type diet) for a day or 2 BEFORE you do the prep, this can cut back a lot (if not almost all) the cramping from doing the prep...when you have solid food in ya then do the prep there's a lot of cramping because the prep is breaking down all that food that hasn't been completely digested yet.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Good tips there from pb4 - I would definitely recommend sticking with a jello/broth diet for a day or two before you have to chug the trilyte. If you're already experiencing a lot of D, though, I would be hesitant to take all four tablets on top of the trilyte... I hate to be a bad influence, but I have skipped the tablets on several occasions and the doc never knew the difference. If your trilyte starts to clear you out almost immediately upon starting - I would give your guts a break and see if you can "run clear" without the tablets. I know it's bad to go against doc's orders, but some docs just don't seem to understand when your trouble is keeping things IN, not getting things OUT! :-)
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