Colonoscopy prep decisions...

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   Posted 1/13/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys! I've looked into the previous threads about this subject.. but I really need some hands on advice about this.  I'm going to be spending my weekend prepping for my colonoscopy on Monday and I have a big ?.
I was given two options for my prep this time, MoviPrep (I'm pretty sure that's what it's called) and Osmoprep.  Well, I heard the word "pill" and was all over the Osmo stuff.  Now that I'm home... I looked it up and sure nuff there is all these warnings and side effects.. people talking about all the bad things that went wrong.  Now I'm worried haha.  My previous prep was the fleets icky soda stuff.. and I hated the taste.. but it didn't give me any adverse reactions.  If I can handle that, think I can handle this?  Or should I call and get the Moviprep instead?  I'm so stumped.  You think after all the ones I've had I wouldn't be so worried... I'm starting to get worried it could be too good to be true haha.
Thanks for reading :).

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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
We can't get PhosphoSoda any more. They've taken it off the market. Next best, as good, or maybe better, from my own personal like and dislikes, is Magnesium Citrate.

I finally agreed to try Half Lytely this time and it wasn't bad at all - except the timing. We had to adjust the timing for me and extend the "drinking" period from one hour to 2 hours and it was my first afternoon scope and that required some adjustment as well.

I'd be willing to do Half Lytely again.
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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
The pills are hard to get down. I opted for the pills for my first colonoscopy, figuring it would be easier than to chug all that nasty liquid, but I really regretted my decision halfway through. The pills are uncoated, and therefore have a very bitter taste. You have to swallow several of them in a small amount of time, and they're huge. Bigger than Pentasa.

Magnesium citrate gets the job done. If you mix it with Sprite, you can't even taste it. It also tastes a lot better on its own when it's cold, so you can refrigerate it if you'd like.
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   Posted 1/14/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
What about the combination of Miralax and Dulcolax?  Many doctors now will go this route as it is over the counter and tasteless.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I used Pico Salax and it was just fine.
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   Posted 1/14/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Pico Salax is the best tasting option I've tried, but for me, magnesium citrate was the easiest prep. It isn't as vile tasting as the other preps, I had no stomach pain like I did with the others and I wasn't experiencing as much urgency/discomfort/nausea as I usually do (although I still did throw up, I only threw up 3 times, usually it's 10-15 for me lol :().

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   Posted 1/14/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
UGH. I wish I would have checked the forum this morning before I got my script filled. Went ahead and got the osmos prep. Hopefully it's not too awful. Thank you guys for the input though! I'll definitely be looking into the miralax/ducolax prep next go round (and there will be a next go round.. 1 a year at least.. for a long long time... ughhhhhhhh) Also defintely going to ask about magnesium citrate! Thank you guys :)

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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Miralax and dulcolax prep worked the best for me. I have tried all others. This combo does not make me vomit, have cramping, or make me super dehydrated.
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