Anyone ever used Suprep bowel prep kit?

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hilloryoverman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on the same schedule and feel like I am starving. I got some regular chicken with egg noodles soup that I am going to strain and hopefully it will be okay and taste better. I think it is just knowing that I can't eat that is killing me.

uniqueuser
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   Posted 1/6/2011 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
had my colonoscopy at 9am today and suprep had cleared me out pretty good. had breakfast and some more stuff until about 11am yesterday. then after that just water and grape juice.

took the first bottle at 5pm last night + water. took about an hour or so, then had 4-5 movements until about 10pm. it got pretty watery but not so clear.

hit the sack around 11pm. up at 5am and did the 2nd bottle + water and some juice. hit me in about 45 min and had 4 or so movements until about 7am. the last one was pretty clear so i knew everything was out.

drove myself to the place (1/2 hour away) and had someone pick me up after.

in terms of taste, it's pretty gross. cold water masks it a little. drink it fast so it's done. the morning dose went down harder. probably a dehydrated body not happy about it. it's no pleasure trip but guess it's not supposed to be. still, better than expected. no vomiting or heavy cramps or anything. stick to the instructions and should work out ok.

good luck

chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I just finished my first dose. I feel extremely full and nauseous. The taste wasn't horrible, but it wasn't exactly pleasant. All these preps have a salty taste to them. It took me about 5 minutes to drink it all. Now I'm working on the water. I will report back when I see how long it takes to start working. I started drinking at 5:15cst.
Stephanie
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chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 1/6/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Took 40 minutes to kick in and all I want to do is throw up. I'm having a really hard time keeping it down.
Stephanie
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Apriso, dicyclomine
Scope scheduled 1/7/11

kip
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   Posted 1/10/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Osmoprep "The Pill Prep" is alive and well. This is STILL an FDA approved Bowel Prep that is very effective, safe and easy to take.The prep is taken in a split dose form. You can drink any clear liquid of your choice and there are a total of 32 pills. It's so easy a caveman can do it! Now for Suprep...This is the most expensive prep on the market with a retail price of over $100.00 Kapaweee!!! to the pocketbook! It is in liquid form and it taste like sal***er! It is an Osmotic prep and patients need to be carefully screened before use. Did I mention it cost over $100.00! The better alternative to the Suprep if you can't take the pills is MoviPrep. This is a low volume prep (2 liters) and it's loaded with vitamin C it taste like a tart lemon aid and is safe in all patient types. The cash price for this prep without insurance coverage is around $50. Good luck and remember. You are being screened for cancer so follow your instruction to the letter.

myohmysophie
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   Posted 1/25/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Just used Suprep about 15 minutes ago.  Yep, it does have a very salty taste with a bit of sweetness to it.  I found if you can "gag" it down AND have a hot cup of chicken or beef broth standing by and take tiny sips right after you downed it, let me tell you it REALLY helps.  Changes your pallet just enough to get that awful taste from your mouth.  Since broth is allowed, this REALLY, REALLY helped tremendously.  Give it a try.  My next  prep is due tomorrow morning at 5am - Yippee, can't wait - UGH!

dfdavedf
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   Posted 1/25/2011 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife just did Suprep. Last time she used the gallon jug of stuff before. This made her sick and did not even clean her out enough for the doc to see. So after being sick she had to do the prep all over again
This time she felt fine the whole time (was drinking chicken broth) and it worked great.
I think I will go this path next time
David
Pentasa (1,500 per day for the last 2 months), Vit D and B complex, fish oil and SCD vit. Entocort (9 mg). SCD since Nov 2010. Amitriptyline for sleeping
I give thanks and keep my fingers crossed as I am having 15 good days to .5 not great. Hesitant to use the word remmission but....

p4k
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   Posted 2/3/2011 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Just started Suprep this morning (11am/7pm) and it tasted awful!! I have a very weak stomach and managed to choke down all but a small bit of the first dose -- hoping that last little bit doesn't make too big a difference, maybe 2oz of 16 left. Just drinking 48 oz of fluid within an hour was enough to make me nauseous so can't imagine drinking a gallon of stuff like others have posted.

This is my first colonoscopy and I can't believe there isn't a pill my doctor could prescribe. He mentioned pills but said I'd have to take like 40 of them. Either way, this sucks :)

Nanners
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   Posted 2/3/2011 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi p4k and welcome to Healingwell. If you are going clear (some yellow tinge ok) then you are clear.

Many of us never make it 100% thru the prep. If its any comfort, the prep is the worst part. You are sedated for the test, so thats a nice nap:) Good luck with your test!
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SER
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   Posted 2/14/2011 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
SuPrep ~ Colonoscopy Tuesday February 8, 2011 ~
 
I read all the comments below a few days ahead and used something "Miasma" did in her post below - ate light 2 days before.
 
100% improvement over the GoLytely/NuLytely jug over 2-3 hours. Went down fast (used a straw and placed it as far back in my mouth as possible to avoid taste) and began as fast as it went down. Used the same procedure for the 2nd mix (straw) 'early' morning and swallowed in 3 gulps. No problem with control.
 
Sunday (2 days before): 9:am had 1 soft boiled egg; 1 square inch bite of a Bear Claw pastry with cup of coffee + 1 tsp. each sugar and coffee mate; 1:30 PM had 3/4 c. guacamole w/tomatoe & garlic + 2 crackers, cup of coffee + 1 tsp. each sugar and coffee; 5:30 PM 2.5 cups chicken broth with fresh asparagus pureed into it with cup of coffee + 1 tsp. each sugar and coffee; from 2:PM through bedtime drank water in between meals.
 
Monday (day before procedure):
8:am Cup of Tazo Green Tea with cup each of chicken broth + lemon jello; 1:30 PM same as breakfast;
 
2:45 PM: Began first prep - used chilled water to mix. Placed straw in cup and as far back in my mouth as possible - completed in 2 gulps and drank the required water within 50 minutes following; 
 
3:02 PM: The first of 4 trips to the bathroom began - I was finished within 2 hours. 
 
5:30 PM: Same as breakfast and lunch above; 7:30 PM had glass of Canada Dry Ginger Ale
 
Tuesday (day of procedure): 2:30 am began second prep - used chilled water and straw as listed in first prep - 3 quick gulps - this time the water was a little difficult to get down, maybe because it was early, but I was a little nauseous for a while and only able to drink about 24 oz. of the required 32 oz. At 3:45 am flushing was complete and clear.
 
Arrived at the Endoscopy Center in San Francisco at 6:05 am - home by 8:15 am. Had a great nap by the fire.
 
As others have noted below, it does smell and taste like cherry cough syrup (in my opinion) - strong - the water washes any taste away quickly; it is without the 3-4 hour torture of the previous methods. It is a 'big-time' improvement and easier to tolerate. Until there is a different way...this is the 'way' to go.
 
I hope this helps - as much as all the posts below helped me.
 
**Chicken Broth recipe is from "Green On Greens" by Bert Greene and is a richer, healthier, and superb tasting broth from any other. We make it all the time as a base, omit the salt (not needed), chill, defat, and freeze it. I will provide the recipe at your request. 
 

New Grandma
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   Posted 2/18/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I just returned from my procedure using Suprep and I have to tell you I would use Suprep again. It was so much easier than the other methods. I was able to go to work the day before even on a liquid diet. Took the first prep at 4:30pm and the second at 6 am (four hours before the procedure). Everything went well, the taste was like grape. I have a very difficult time drinking things that have a funky taste and this one was not bad. I just found out that my doctor was in on the research team and he was impressed. I did find out that it is expensive and most insurances do not pay for it on drugs plans.

NewMiMi
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   Posted 2/20/2011 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow.  I drank the first bottle of Suprep (with great difficultly) as quickly as I could.  I did add crystal light to help with the taste!  It still  felt like I was drinking cough syrup! It was so gross and I thought I was going to throw up several times.  For the next three hours, it was as if I connected the garden hose to my bottom!  I am not looking forward to having to drink another bottle of this nasty stuff in the morning.  I don't care what they find -- I will not do this again!

Nate in NY
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   Posted 2/21/2011 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Mira-lax has no flavor and you only need to drink 32 ozs 6 hours apart.

John L
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   Posted 3/15/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't last 10oz on the first dose. Called the doctor, demanded the pills.

Turns out, the pills are no big deal and no more risk than the liquid. Additionally, the doctors all prescribe the liquid because they think it's easier for their patients than taking 32 pills. I think that's crazy.

Took the pills. Prep was a breeze compared to the other few times.

Regarding SUPREP, it's better in some regards than magnesium citrate soda, and fleet. It's not salty, which is nice. Instead, it's ultra sweet and syrupy, and yep...like cough syrup. Except, before you think like I did "oh that's not a big deal I never have trouble taking cough syrup"...consider pouring 16oz of cough syrup in to a cup, and then figure out a way to get THAT down. Good luck ;) The first few drinks/sips are not bad. I started out with 2oz shots. Got 8oz down and each shot was harder and harder. Down graded to 1oz shots, and only got 2 of those down. I honestly don't know how people do this prep, it made my stomach feel terrible - in this sense fleet is better. I mixed with Apple Sauce, and chased with broth. Not a bad combo, but never again....

Disclaimer: I am probably 5% of all patients who cannot handle liquid prep. So what I find disgusting you might very well find pleasant. If you have no problem with FLEET and the like, then try SUPREP, you'll probably enjoy it. If you can't stand FLEET, 50% chance you will like SUPREP. YMMV

John L
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   Posted 3/15/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
....oh the pills "OsmoPrep" were available at my local walgreen's. Literally 4 blocks away. In 1/2 hour I had them in my hand.

if you want the pills, don't "ask" your doctor to prescribe, "tell" your doctor to prescribe.

billtag
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   Posted 3/24/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   

I read this forum the other day before my Suprep Prep and found it helpful. Here is my experience.

I had my 5th Colonoscopy today. My 1st 4, I used Fleets Phosphosoda which I had planned on using again until I found it had been recalled 2 years ago. So, I had to use the SUPREP kit my Dr prescribed. I was worried about volume issues and taste (big woos, I know!). It seemed that SUPREP needed to be mixed with water so rather than take any chances of it not being as effective if I mixed it with something else, I used the water. Here is the "procedure" I followed. Maybe more detail than you find necessary, but I thought it might be of value to some of you.

1. Started at 4:15 p.m.

 

2. Used very cold water to mix with solution and I had put the solution bottle in the fridge for an hour before mixing.  Solution was a little sweet (almost grape flavor) but not terrible and much better than the Fleets.  Between each drink, I drank a few sips of Lemonade and this helped very much.  Took about 10-15 minutes to drink all of mixture.  I drank most of a 16oz glass of lemonade as I drank the 16oz mixture.

 

3. Over the next hour, I had 32+ ounces of water, iced tea or lemonade and more later.

 

4. Between start and end of round one, I had about 5-6 bowel movements and had last around 8:00 p.m.  No great anal discomfort on round one. 

 

5. After 8:00 p.m. no bowel movements until round two.

 

6. Started round two at 10:45 p.m.  Followed exact same routine as in step 2 above.

 

7. Over the next hour had 32+ ounces of water and lemonade finishing at midnight.

 

8. Nothing more to drink after midnight.

 

9. Went to bed at 12:30 a.m. after 3 bowel movements.

 

10. Awoke at 1:45 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. for bowel movements.

 

11. Between start and end of round 2, I had a total of about 6 bowel movements and had last around 7:00 a.m. when I got up.  Had considerable anal discomfort by now which was the worse part of the whole thing.

 

Next time I would start a little earlier.  My appt was at 9:00 a.m. and had last bowel movement at 7:00 a.m., which was a little too close for comfort.  Perhaps 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.

 

When I read this forum the other day, there were comments pro and con on this prep which just shows that all of us are different in what we can tolerate. I found the solution to very tolerable.

 

Anyway, I hope this helps someone.


Christophermcne
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   Posted 3/30/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I know people like to have as many accounts as possible when researching things like this, so I thought I'd add mine. I was given Suprep to prepare for a Colonoscopy. I am still in the middle of my first round, but I already have some information I want to share.

First of all, I've had experience with Fleets Enemas and Magnesium Citrate from my last procedure. I will say that so far (though neither option produces 'pleasant' results, nor are they intended to) I prefer Suprep. I mixed my first bottle with water up to 16 ounces as instructed. I found that drinking it all as fast as possible was helpful. Kind of like jumping in to a cold swimming pool. The taste wasn't horrible at all, but it was certainly 'medeciney'. Fortunately it didn't have a strong aftertaste and I was able to get rid of the lingering taste with a few sips of plain water. It didn't hit my stomach hard and I had no reflux or urge to vomit. Some people have mentioned that they had to drink the solution in small sips with other flavored liquids in between. If I had done that myself I would have probably thrown it up. By doing it quickly I was able to get it over with without giving myself time to develop a gag reflex or a hatred of the taste.

I started at exactly 6:00 PM this evening. I had my first bowel movement about 15 minutes after I finished the solution and one 16oz bottle of water (you're supposed to drink 2 bottles within 1 hour of taking Suprep). At this moment it's been an hour and a half since I took my first sip and I'm already feeling 'cleaned out'. My last couple of movements have consisted of nothing but the yellow Gatorade I've been quaffing for the last 24 hours. I get to start round 2 at 6:45 tomorrow morning. Since I'm already pretty much completely empty I feel like the second round will be like beating a dead horse, but I'm going to do it anyway to ensure that everything is squeaky clean. My appointment is not until 10:15 and hopefully I can get everything finished before I have to leave. The one thing that worries me about this circumstance is the proximity between round 2 and my appointment, which are separated by 3 1/2 hours. I think I might start at 4:45 just to make sure things are 'taken care of' in time. I'm still in the throes of round 1 right now so i don't quite know how long it will take for my urges to quit.

I hope this information will be helpful to someone in some way. I will post again tomorrow after my procedure to let everyone know how round 2 went. I understand that Suprep is a relatively new product and I was lucky enough to get a free sample from my physician. Apparently they cost as much as $100 in the pharmacy! I'm sure there are plenty of people who will want as much information as they can get about this. Certainly everyone reacts differently to these types of things, and one person my find one method helpful while another person will prefer something else. At this point I do prefer the taste and consistency of Magnesium Citrate to the Suprep solution. I will say that so far this beats the HECK out of having to use an enema. I prefer to be fully sedated if something is going to go in my rear ;-D

Here's hoping that everything goes well tomorrow!

smilewinkgrin

josh2415
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   Posted 3/31/2011 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I used suprep for my colonoscopy. The taste was pretty bad, but if you just gulp it down in one or two big drinks, it's not so bad. The bad part about it for me, and I'm not sure if this is because of my fistula or what, but I started getting some pretty severe anal pain less than halfway through it, that doesn't really have anything to do with the prep though.

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   Posted 4/1/2011 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always preferred PhosphoSoda or Magnesium Citrate because of the less volume of "sewer water" to drink. Last scope two years ago my gastro suggested and I "did" the HalfLytely which wasn't too bad and I am considering "doing" the HalfLytely again this November. But this time my gastro has suggested SuPrep so I'm happy to see this thread.

One of my problems w/prepping is that I can't do that volume of "cold". I get chilled to the bone and can't get warmed up again.

Another of my problems is I can't do a large volume of liquid period. I get bloated and nauseous and usually cannot avoid some vomiting. I think this is due to the high grade partial obstruction I have at my old anastomosis.

What worries me about the SuPrep are the comments that it is sweet. Almost everything allowed in a clear liquid diet is sweet (thank goodness for bouillion and tea!!!) so even before I start the prep I get gaggy even thinking of anything sweet.

What worked for me for the HalfLytely was starting sooner, stretching out the timing and finishing each "session" later.

Research has shown that the cleanest scopes are those where the last dose of any prep has been taken w/in 4 to 6 hours of the procedure.

I know we wonder after the eating lightly one day, liquid diet the next and the prep HOW on this good green earth we could possibly have ANYTHING left any where in our intestines!!!!

But, believe it or not, the ole small intestine still goes on producing chyme and it does start dripping into the colon. I've watched my scopes on the monitor and by george if too much time has elasped since the last prep dose, there it is in the colon, some slime here and there often w/some bubbles in it, that the gastro has to suck out w/the scope to be able to see. My "slime" tends to be yellow. It always surprised me that colas are allowed as a clear liquid since the one time I drank some cola my "slime" was a dark brown and looked like threads of dried blood. My preps finished closest to the procedure were squeaky clean w/no "slime" to speak of.

I wish more facilities allowed video taping of the monitor during our scopes (some progressive facilities actually can make a CD during the scope) so that we can see for ourselves what our colon surface looks like. One time I had a polyp and it was shaped just like one of those Christmas tree shaped mushrooms, but the still picture taken whilst it was being removed it was just a mound or blob of "flesh" being removed. No where near as interesting as that "mushroom". Last scope they found an internal skin tag. Doesn't look at all like an external skin tag. As a matter of fact it is a repulsive looking thing. Yeck!
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   Posted 4/14/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
First time user of Suprep. Taste: well, my advice is to try to drink as much of the mixture of Suprep and water as possible without stopping. That being said, unless you are accustomed to drinking large quantities of fluids, this will be difficult to accomplish.  I followed each 16 oz. "dose" with a white cranberry juice chaser.  That was effective at cutting through the aftertaste.  What to expect:  I had very little wait time before the product took effect.  20 mins. at the most.  DO NOT plan on leaving your house at any time during this cleanse process.  Buy hygienic wet wipes prior to beginning the cleanse, your posterior will thank you.  Hydrate yourself thoroughly for a couple days before using Suprep.  Sports type drinks will help maintain your electrolyte balance.  Expect to feel an overall chill during the Suprep cleanse process.  No one prepped me for this and it was the most uncomfortable part of the evening.

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   Posted 4/17/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
First-time poster and first-time colonoscopy patient — they're looking to see if I have Crohn's or colitis (since I have a close family history for both). I took Suprep two hours ago and it hasn't taken effect yet. Oh, my stomach is distended and painful, but I haven't gone yet. Has anyone else had that experience? I'm getting a bit concerned.

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   Posted 4/17/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Crooked and welcome to Healingwell. Sometimes it takes a bit, then before you know it, all heck breaks loose. I would just be patient a little while longer. Hugs!
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