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Kriss
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going for a colonoscopy on Tuesday and the prep kit my doctor prescribed is too expensive, so I was going to try a Fleet enema... I've never used one before and was wondering if anyone on here has and your thoughts on it...?
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade


FallColors
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kriss,

I'd call your doctor and ask for a cheaper alternative. I doubt the fleet enema will clean your entire intestines like you need for a colonoscopy. I would hate to go through all that and not be clean. A waste of a test and you would still be responsible for paying for it. Maybe your pharmacist has ideas too. I hope you find the right solution!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Kriss
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also doing a liquid diet for a couple of days.. the drinks always make me sick, but I'm going to try to drink some in addition to the enema... I just didn't know if that worked at all or was really uncomfortable...
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 2/15/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
most docs get ticked if you aren't clean...the only time I was allowed to do a fleet was when I had an ileo and I just had to clean the mucous out. Definitely check with your doc or the pharmacist for another option.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I agree with Ohio.

I once had issues that made doing bowel prep very difficult, and the only alternative my docs could provide was one fleet enema and one bottle of fleet: the enema for the lower half and the fleet for the rest of the intestines that the enema couldn't reach.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Kriss,
I do fleet laxitives for scopes and surgery because I throw up a tremedous amount of fluid. This is what works best for me, take the bottle of laxitive (you can get it at walgreens for about 4 dollars a bottle) put it in a shot glass (like an booze glass, which is about the only time I use them as I do not drink) and hammer it home. I sip on water and gatorade for the rest of the time. One bottle is enough for me, but the doctor perscribed two for me when I first started having scopes.
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Valerie3
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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
This is slightly off-topic, but has anyone here tried Pico-Salax before? I had really nasty side effects from it, and I'm just wondering if it's generally harder on your system than the larger volume preps. I will have to do more tests in the coming weeks and I really don't want to have to go through the nightmare I had with Pico-Salax again.

pb4
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Using a fleet enema alone will not clear you out for a colonoscopy (a sigmoidoscopy sure) alone, you would have to use the phospho fleet soda (oral), some GI's prefer you use 2 45ml bottles but I've done fine using one and then also using 4 dulcolax tabs a few hours after drinking the phospho soda. I find the phosho soda to be resonable in price and effective enough that one bottle clears me out (with the use of the dulcolax tabs as well. Some GI's don't like the use of the phospho because it can be quite irritating to the intestinal lining but even the colyte can cause some subtle changes in the recton (like apthous ulcers).

Definitely talk to your doc, some are very picky about the preps to be used.

:)
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Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told that Fleet phospho soda has been pulled from shelves because it was causing kidney problems. I had to use Go-lytle for my scope, and I can use Half-lytle for my surgery on Wed. The cost for Half-lytle was $53.00, what a ripoff just to make you crap. I wonder if I could have went to a local GNC store and bought Bowel cleanser from them if that would have worked?

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/16/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
 


Forum Co-moderator - Crohn's Disease:_All comments have the caveat contact your local health care provider.

I will find a way or make one. –Phillip Sidney 1554-1586

All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life?  Has your life brought joy to others?

Make sure your suffering has meaning…


HM
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I would call the Drs office and ask if they have any samples for you to use to get cleaned out for your colonosopy. If not perhaps the doc could RX you the medication and your insurance could cover part or all of it. My family doc does this for me concerning priloec and alavert (for my kids allergies). The pharm tech simply goes and pulls the medication off the shelf and they put a RX label on it.

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Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


AKTeach
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   Posted 2/16/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   

My GI doc now has his patients use Miralax, I think it is like 12- 8oz. glasses of it, but with no taste at least I can mix it with most anything and it is not detectible.

You might ask about this.  It has helped me alot, the others make me vomit, so are of no use!!

Good luck!! and be sure to check with your Doctor about your choices.
 
Anne

kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My doc has me use the 4 dulcolax, then half of a large bottle of miralax in 32 oz of gatorade. Then 2 hours later the other half of the Miralax in another 32 oz of Gatorade (not the red one!). I've done it 4 times without any problems.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 35f with 2 boys and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Kriss
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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I ended up using a saline/potassium/magnesium 10 oz drink... although the bottle said it would work in 1/2-6 hours, it took almost 12. I had the test today and I was good to go...
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade


SoCal-UC
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   Posted 3/2/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Just tried to buy Fleet today in San Diego and it was not available.

Pharmacist told me it had been pulled. I am not sure what I will do. I cannot

drink any of the "Lyte" products. I have used Fleet successfully with Dulcolax

for 5 colonscopy's with no problem.

 

Good luck.


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Medications: 
1st Remicade = Feb. 5, 2009
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Prednisone = 10mg/day
Omeprazole = 20mg/day
Lisinopril = 10mg/day (blood pressure)
 
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Caltrate + D = 600mg/day
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pb4
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   Posted 3/2/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
SoCal-UC said...

Just tried to buy Fleet today in San Diego and it was not available.

Pharmacist told me it had been pulled. I am not sure what I will do. I cannot

drink any of the "Lyte" products. I have used Fleet successfully with Dulcolax

for 5 colonscopy's with no problem.

 

Good luck.

What about using citro mag?

 

:)


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Nanners
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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh that sucks about the Fleet Phosphosoda. Thats the only one I can tolerate too. I cannot stomach anymore liquid than that little bottle, and I barely get that down:(
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TruthbKnown
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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Kriss said...
I am going for a colonoscopy on Tuesday and the prep kit my doctor prescribed is too expensive, so I was going to try a Fleet enema... I've never used one before and was wondering if anyone on here has and your thoughts on it...?

Hello Kriss,

Just new here, looking for anyone who has had a bad reaction to the Pico-Salex Prep.  Warning !  This stuff made my mom sooooo illlll!

She is a VERY healthy lady and she had to go to Emergency Twice due to what that stuff did to her.   Beware!

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