Anyone ever used Suprep bowel prep kit?

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kelli_C
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   Posted 11/3/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious to see if anyone's used it, and is it horrible-tasting? I couldn't find anything on a search of old posts. Thanks!!!
UC dx in 1998 (age 18) - proctosigmoiditis - Allergic to Sulfa
1998-2009 Asacol 2/2X daily - very sketchy about taking it...pretty much drug-free for a long time.
Jan 2006 - Crohn's? UC?
Aug 2009 - flare - Mesalamine enemas and 4 Aprisos daily...still a bit sketchy about taking the Apriso once the flare was done
August 2010 - Flaring - Asacol HD and sfRowasa
8/10 - Doc dx me with Crohn's!

Nanners
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   Posted 11/4/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I will be looking forward to hearing about this new prep. Let us know how it goes. Hugs!
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Protonix, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 11/4/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
August 5, 2010 -- The United States Food and Drug administration has approved Suprep Bowel Prep Kit (sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate) oral solution concentrate for cleansing of the colon in preparation for colonoscopy in adults.

The osmotic laxative will be marketed by Braintree Laboratories, Inc.

Suprep is administered as a split-dose oral regimen over two days. The Suprep Bowel Prep Kit contains two bottles each containing concentrated solution which must be diluted prior to use. The first dose is taken the evening before the colonoscopy and the second the following morning. Each dose must be followed with additional water in the hour post dose.

Suprep should not be used in patients who are allergic to any of the product ingredients, or patients with gastrointestinal obstruction, bowel perforation, gastric retention or ileus.

Suprep should be used with caution in patients who are at risk of fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, arrhythmias, seizures and renal impairment. Suprep should also be used with caution in patients with renal insufficiency and in patients at risk for aspiration.

In clinical trials, the most common adverse events were overall discomfort, abdominal fullness, nausea, abdominal cramping, and vomiting and affected 3% or more of the trial participants.

Each Suprep Bowel Prep Kit contains two 6 oz bottles of oral solution and a 19 oz mixing container with a 16 oz fill line.
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babs1957
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   Posted 11/4/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
"Suprep should not be used in patients who are allergic to any of the product ingredients, or patients with gastrointestinal obstruction, bowel perforation, gastric retention or ileus."

If this is true, why is it being used for endoscopy on people with CD?
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Zanne
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   Posted 11/4/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just given a free sample prep for my upcoming colonoscopy. My GI swore it was much better than the other preps out there. However, I just can't handle any of the liquid preps and he took pity on me and wrote me a script for the osmo prep even though it is black boxed by the FDA.

I too am very interested to see if in fact it is all it is cracked up to be.

kelli_C
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   Posted 11/5/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc seemed to think it might be better since it's less liquid you have to drink. You still have to drink 32 oz of water after 16 oz of suprep+water, but I can handle the plain old water for sure.

I'll be doing it on Monday night then Tuesday at the crack of dawn, so will report on how good or bad it is, and how everything comes out. :) :) sorry, couldn't resist the cheesy pun!
UC dx in 1998 (age 18) - proctosigmoiditis - Allergic to Sulfa
1998-2009 Asacol 2/2X daily - very sketchy about taking it...pretty much drug-free for a long time.
Jan 2006 - Crohn's? UC?
Aug 2009 - flare - Mesalamine enemas and 4 Aprisos daily...still a bit sketchy about taking the Apriso once the flare was done
August 2010 - Flaring - Asacol HD and sfRowasa
8/10 - Doc dx me with Crohn's!

Nanners
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   Posted 11/6/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I will be looking forward to see how this prep goes. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Protonix, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

Zanne
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   Posted 11/8/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, glad my doctor took pity on me and let me have the Osmo-prep. Sorry you have to drink it. Good luck with your test.

kgt620
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   Posted 11/8/2010 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm disappointed to hear that it tastes bad. I'm supposed to use it later this month. Have any of you done the old Fleet Phoso-soda prep (before it was pulled off the market)? How does it compare? It was miserable. I hated it when I had to use it 10 years ago and then a few other times over the next few years. I'd much rather drink a gallon of stuff. Last time (two years ago), I was allowed to use "Half-Lyte" and it was awesome. I told my dr it took the fear out of colonoscopies for me. But, he doesn't use it anymore because it is expensive for patients (I don't remember it being a problem.) I might call him and beg for half-lyte instead or settle for the gallon of stuff. Both were much better options than Fleet, which was a horrible horrible tasting drink that made me feel worse than I've ever felt. At least the half-lyte and gallon stuff didn't make me feel worse than the disease itself.

kgt620
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
tsitodawg, one word of caution about mixing it with apple juice... :-) Back in the day, when I had to use Fleet phoso-soda, I mixed it with 7-up the first two times, as recommended by the prep sheet I was given...that was 10 years ago and to this day, I can't touch 7-up because it makes me gag as I think of that type of prep... So, if apple juice is your favorite, you might want to consider mixing it with something else. Over the years, I've gone back to just mixing preps w/ water (or no flavor for the gallon of stuff) so as not to ruin my favorite flavors. (For example, the gallon jugs come with 5 flavors to choose from, all of which are yummy life saver flavors. I picked the flavor that was NOT my favorite candy flavor. The next time I just didn't add any flavor.) :-) I did half lyte prep w/o any flavor and it really had no flavor, so it was tolerable (and you only have to drink stuff for an hour, so it's much more reasonable.) But, I have to say, congrats on keeping it down! I know how hard it is...if people only knew what we go thru for our colonoscopies! Most people have no idea... isn't it a relief it is over? I always say, my reward for the prep is the nice drowsy feeling you get the next day from the demerol anesthesia and getting to sleep all day. :-) (This time I won't really have that option as I have a one year old to take care of now!)

Squirrel TX
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   Posted 12/4/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
OH MY GOSH....i wish i would of found this site yesterday...today i was googling to find anyone who would say that you dont have to drink all of this and will be ok...havent found that comment :-( But reading what ya'll wrote has made me feel less of a wimp..this stuff is awful. when i smelled it by itself i thought it smelled like that grape dimetapp you take as a kid...i was relieved....then i drank it....ugh!!! i can't believe in 2010 they can't make something without a taste....

I loved the thought of looking forward to the sleepy feeling....i will think of that and go drink the rest of my med. good luck to all.....and thanks for the uplifting!!!

Squirrel TX
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   Posted 12/4/2010 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
oh one tip i have...i took some crackers/chips with salt on them and just licked the salt some before i would drink....dont know why and it may sound dumb but it helped...and another note...i dont care how close you think your bathroom is...it is never close enough...i might have lost weight just running to the bathroom....

and orange gatorade with the mixture makes it worse ...dont try it

SylvaniaScott
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   Posted 12/6/2010 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am getting ready to use this stuff next week.  My stupid question is if you are having to go as often as you say, how is the treatment the morning of the prodecure?   How long does it take to work it way through? Am I going to be able to drive to the hospital without wearing a diaper.

Crohn'snme
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   Posted 12/6/2010 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure osmoprep isn't available?

Zanne
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   Posted 12/7/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had been given Suprep by the staff at my GI's, but when I was speaking with him I told him I how upset I was about not being able to use the Osmoprep, since it is the only one I have used for the last 5 or 6 years. He gave me a script for the Osmoprep. It is still available, but its hard to get and most doctors won't let you use it. While I was at the Endoscopy center the nurses were talking about Osmoprep and how most doctors don't like it. So if you doctor hasn't scripted it before, now with the FDA black box warning, it will be unlikely you will get a script now.

kelli_C
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   Posted 12/7/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
When i took this stuff, it took FOREVER to work the first dose....I hung out by the bathroom for like 5 hours before I got the feeling I had to go. After that, it was frequent. But I had to get up SUPER early on the morning of my appt (i did an hour earlier to be safe) to drink the stuff.

Suprep's taste wasn't so awful to me. It was the slippery, salty part that had my gag relex struggling. I just can't take the slippery. It was not fun.
UC dx in 1998 (age 18) - proctosigmoiditis - Allergic to Sulfa
1998-2009 Asacol 2/2X daily - very sketchy about taking it...pretty much drug-free for a long time.
Jan 2006 - C-Scope - UC; possible Crohn's
Aug 2009 - flare - 4 Apriso daily - still sketchy
August 2010 - Flare - taking Apriso religiously
Been good about taking Apriso
8/10 - Doc dx me with Crohn's instead of UC due to ileum involvment

Miasma
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   Posted 12/14/2010 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I just did this prep last night & this morning. Not going to lie, I think it's awful. I've had a colonoscopy before and last time they gave me movi-prep. The only thing I like better about the suprep is that it's much less of the foul tasting liquid to drink.

I got all 16oz down last night, it worked fast for me. I was in the bathroom within 20 minutes. This morning, about 10oz in I got sick. I had even stopped drinking for about 10 minutes before resuming. It wasn't so much a feeling of fullness as it is the taste. Granted, I also got sick about half way through the movi-prep last time too. I managed to finish the rest of the suprep though, and it still seems to be working just fine. I was a bit worried due to the vomiting to be honest, but I think all is well.

I asked my doc this time around if I could mix it with something. He said yes, but I would suggest anyone else doing a bowel prep check with their doc first before mixing it with anything. I chose apple juice last night. It was so awful. This morning I just opted for water. (still awful lol)

I don't care what anyone says, black box warning or not... next time I flat out refuse any volatile liquid of doom! Give me pills, I don't have the gag reflex for this junk.

SylvaniaScott
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   Posted 12/18/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I used this stuff last Monday 12-14-10. I mixed it with apple-kiwi-strawberry juice and it masked most of the taste.  I drank white grape juice and water for the next two 16 oz glasses. The doctor gave me the OK to do this. For me it started working in 20 minutes. I took the second dose around 5 hours later because my procedure was early the next morning.  Took a little longer to get down but not bad for me.  Again 20 minutes later. The second treatment didn't seem to last as long.  Things went fine the next morning.  I personally would use this again. But I guess everyone has their preference.

Branny
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   Posted 12/20/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I used SuPrep last night. Had to drink the first dose at 2 pm and the second dose at 6 pm. I agree the tast was awful. Since jell-o was one of the items I could eat, I ate a bite of jello every couple of sips. I wasn't sure I could get it all down, but did. I did not mix it with anything other than water although the pharmacist said it could be mixed with crystal light. I didn't have any problem drinking the water after the SuPrep. I did not experience any cramping, nausea or vomiting. I had asked for the pills but was told the doctor didn't prescribe them anymore due to the sodium and people with high blood pressure. I was told SuPrep was new. I don't know what I will do next time. I had trouble drinking the whole jug of stuff in the past, so that won't be an option. I don't have to do it for five more years so maybe there will be something on the market better by then. Sure wish I didn't have to do it for 10 years like most people, but Mom died from colon cancer so I'm on a five year recommendation. I would recommend anyone that will be using SuPrep go online and see if the manual that comes with it is posted. There are conditions where it is contraindicated. Since you have to open the box to get the booklet, it would be best to know what the contraindcations are in advance so you can ask your doctor before filling the prescription. As a gout sufferer, it mentioned that it can cause temporary elevations in Uric Acid which could result in an accute flare. So had I known that, I may have asked for something else.

DTexas
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   Posted 12/21/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I did the SuPrep split-dose last night and early this morning. First round at 4:30 pm, then the second starting at 3:30 am -- I had to be at the surgical center for an EDG and Colonoscopy by 7am this morning... first time for both proceedures. I didn't have any trouble with the first 16 oz. dose (6 oz. of SuPrep & 10oz. water mixed) of SuPrep + 32 oz. of water (2 bottled waters) within the next 1 hr. - the taste wasn't that bad and I had no trouble drinking the 2 bottled waters within an hour after the first dose. The second dose at 3:30 am took me longer to get down (like 20 mins. with sips of apple juice in between sips of Suprep), in fact I only drank 3/4 of the second SuPrep mix as the taste was starting to make me gag - (so I didn't want to throw up the 3/4 I did get down) + 2 bottled waters - Doc noted..."...quality of pt. bowel preparation = good...", and he asked me if I did okay with the SuPrep and what I thought of it, as it appeared to have worked very well.

Since I have no prior prep to compare SuPrep to, just wanted to share that as a someone having a colonoscopy for the first time, I did not experience any stomach or other pains (gas or otherwise), no nausea, no vomiting, no nothing - had about 8 watery bowel movements after each dose, and almost no "solid or soft poop" since I backed off of food 2 days prior instead of 1 day (see below). Both doses began working in less than 30 mins. for me, and I didn't have to make a mad-dash to the bathroom when I felt the urge to go. Both doses seemed to have passed through within 3 hrs. with 5 - 8 visits to the toilet.

On thing I DID do, that I think helped... is that I restricted my diet 2 days before the proceedures, instead of just 1 day before. Sunday - for the day I had, 1 C. coffee, 4 saltine crackers, 2 melba toasts, 1 C. low-fat cottage cheese, and 1 C. mashed potatos, 2 C. fat-free chicken broth, lots of gatoraide, and water. Monday - Clear liquids, coffee, chamomille tea, fat-free chicken broth, ginger ale, gatoraide, white grape juice, clear apple juice, and pleny of water. Tues - EDG & Colonoscopy at 8 AM, home by 10:30 AM.

Post Edited (DTexas) : 12/21/2010 8:18:26 PM (GMT-7)


chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 12/30/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hilloryoverman-I have my scope the same day. I'm doing the same prep, starting at 7:30pm, then 5:30am, scope at 10:30. After reading the comments, I'm a little worried about puking (which I did with the gallon crap).
Stephanie
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Apriso, dicyclomine
Scope scheduled 1/7/11

kashay76
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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never had a colonoscopy previous to this and have nothing to compare Suprep to, but. I really have nothing to complain about. I mixed the solution (which I had previously chilled) with the water. Yes, it was not the most pleasant tasting, but isn't that to be expected? Instead of drinking it in its entirety, then chased with 32 more oz of water. I sipped mixture then took a drink of water. I did it slowly over 1 1/2 hours. I drank Metromint Peppermint water, which immediately killed the taste. I did also chew gum. Never once did I even feel nauseated. I was not tied to the toilet, however I did make sure to not be far away. I will have to repeat this in the am, but I am no longer worked up over this. My biggest fear was vomitting on top of the diarrhea. What could be worse? Rest assured, these tips did work for me! #1) Take it SLOW! #2) Follow each sip of mixture with water. #3)For what it is, it was not nearly as bad as I had envisioned.

kashay76
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   Posted 1/5/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
This am's prep went well also. This time I was able to drink it within 1 hour. I started it at 7, finished by 8. Very last BM was by 9:00-9:15. My apt was for 10:30 with a 10:15 check in. All went well, and before I knew it.....................they were bringing me my clothes to get dressed. Went home and took an amazing nap! Bottom-line, it is what it is. However I really have NO complaints. Good Luck!

hilloryoverman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much - that makes me feel better. What did u eat/drink the day prior?

chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm drinking chicken broth, apple juice, water and jello today. Planning to start the suprep at 6 or so tonight. I'm already hungry so the next 24 hours will suck. But you do what you gotta do.
Stephanie
dx April 2003, in remission 2004-December 2010
Apriso, dicyclomine
Scope scheduled 1/7/11
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