Looking for prep ideas after anaphylactic reactions to two of them

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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I posted a few weeks back asking for information about preps. And now I could use your help again, if you don't mind.
about ten years ago, I had an anaphylactic reaction (hives; throat, lips, tongue swelling; increased heart rate; etc)  to Golytely. I asked my doctor about possibly using Miralax which I learned about from some of your postings. She told me it shared ingredients with Golytely, so it wasn't a possibility for me. Instead, she prescribed OsmoPrep, the pill prep.
Unfortunately, I had an anaphylactic reaction to the OsmoPrep as well. It was an awful experience, but I'm doing ok now. I was just shocked that I had an allergic reaction to another prep. I've never had allergic reactions to any other medications. The only other thing that I know I'm allergic to is tree nuts and those reactions have been very mild. (Of course, with allergies a mild reaction could change to a servere reaction next time.)
Have any of you ever had an allergic to a prep? My doctors/ pharmacists seem very surprised. I'm not sure how often this happens.
Do you guys mind sharing any other preps you've had success with or that you've heard about? I'd sure appreciate any suggestions.
Ten years ago I ended up using magnesium citrate. I had no allergic reaction to it, but I had a very hard time getting it down and keeping it down. I'd hate to go through that again, but of course it's better than anaphylaxis! sad
Thanks so much for any ideas and suggestions! You have such a wonderful group of caring souls here! :-)

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   Posted 9/23/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd stick with the one you KNOW does NOT cause that reaction. I've never heard of an allergy to the prep, but they're all hard to get (and keep) down. Good luck!
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
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   Posted 9/23/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I would also go with the one that you know will not cause an allergic reaction. You'd probably want to pair the magnesium citrate with laxatives. To get it down easier, make sure it is ice cold and use a straw. I know there's a lemon and a cherry flavor - I used the lemon last time, and it certainly didn't taste delicious, but it wasn't so bad.
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again.
Colonoscopy/endoscopy scheduled for 9/10; barium X-ray scheduled for 9/18
Currently taking: 4g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement

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