Colonscopy Prep Suggestions?????

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jenngrl81
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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
skull  had a colonoscopy about two months ago and the prep was the worst experience of my life! I had the Half-Lytely stuff, Dulcolax, and the Fleet Phosphate soda the day before. I had to fast for two days with only clear liquids. I have to have another scope in the next two weeks and I absolutely refuse to drink any of that crap again. Can someone give me some suggestions as to what you used as a prep? I couldn't physically keep the half-lytely down, I gagged and threw it up when I tried to drink it and only got two full glasses down and poured it down the drain. My doc said I was fully cleaned out after he did the scope so I obviously didn't need to drink all of that. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated for my next prep!
26 year old female  diagnosed with severe Crohn's in Sept. 2007-suspected that I've had it for at least 3 yrs; diagnosed with anemia Aug. 2007. Currently taking Pentasa 500mg/8x daily; Entocort 3mg/3x daily; Percocet/Ultram for pain; Protonix 40mg---was on Flagyl/Cipro for two weeks,(a few weeks ago), was supposed to be on it for three weeks but the cramping and diarrhea it caused made me stop
Now on Prednisone 40mg, stopped Entocort while on pred.
Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia


Curly9878
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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel your pain sister...   That stuff is TERRIBLE
I hear there is a pill you can swallow now instead of drinking that devil water
28 Yrs
Michigan
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I used just phospho soda with no problems.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
phospho-soda is a breeze...you pour only 1/3 at a time into a full glass of CLEAR cold pop and drink it as fast as you can, since you are suppose to guzzle it quickly anyway, doing this 3X in a row gets a whole 45ml bottle down without tasting/smelling or noticing the oily consistancy, then follow with plenty of water, a few hours later 4 dulcolax tabs with lots of water, this is how I've always been instructed to prep and it works like a charm...better then drinking gallons of the other stuff.

:)
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dunny2
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I use only fleets phospho soda also, and never had any complaints, but curly is right there is a pill. Should be worth asking for...
Vicky

Too many years with CD
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jenngrl81
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
phospho-soda is a breeze...you pour only 1/3 at a time into a full glass of CLEAR cold pop and drink it as fast as you can, since you are suppose to guzzle it quickly anyway, doing this 3X in a row gets a whole 45ml bottle down without tasting/smelling or noticing the oily consistancy, then follow with plenty of water, a few hours later 4 dulcolax tabs with lots of water, this is how I've always been instructed to prep and it works like a charm...better then drinking gallons of the other stuff.

:)

You have no idea how thankful i am for you response. I tried drinking that Fleet crap last time and it was SOOOO bad and salty! I didn't mix it with anything though. Did you fast for two days? Or just the day before?
26 year old female; diagnosed with severe Crohn's in Sept. 2007-suspected that I've had it for at least 3 yrs; diagnosed with anemia Aug. 2007.
Pentasa 500mg/8x daily; Entocort 3mg/3x daily; Percocet/Ultram for pain; Protonix 40mg---was on Flagyl/Cipro for two weeks,(a few weeks ago), was supposed to be on it for three weeks but the cramping and diarrhea it caused made me stop
Prednisone 30mg and tapering, back on the Entocort...
Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia
Bentyl, 3x/day
Azathioprine 3x/day


pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh ya, I forgot to mention that...I always eat lightly (mostly liquid) for a day or 2 before prepping, this cuts waaaaaaaaaaaay down on cramps and makes it that much easier to get through.

Just avoid anything red, brown or orange when you mix it with the phospho to drink because these colors can confuse the GI as he may mistake it for blood when it's not...which is always why I emphasize on the "clear".

:)
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potatoqwn
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   Posted 11/13/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
The pills are called Visicol.  Ask your doctor for a prescription.  They have no taste.  You have to take 40 of them, five at a time with a clear liquid of your choice, but again no horrible taste.  I can not drink any of that stuff at all.  I would rather not eat for an entire week than drink any of that stuff again.  Good luck. 

rkilcher25
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   Posted 11/14/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
i took the pills last time too.  they were called osmo-prep.  But you need a prescription and they don't come generic so i had to pay a bundle but it was worth it. 

26 years old
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Fistula seton surgery 2006
Advancment Rectal Flap surgery 2007
Fisula seton surgery 2007
 
 


rootsmith
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have used Miralax with gatorade. Its the same stuff as Golytely but much more tolerable (in my opinion), maybe its the gatorade. But the pills do sound better. I know someone who used them and had no complaints. However, not all gi offices are using this prep for some reason.

I had all kinds of tips from my first gi doc office on how to get the Fleets phospho down. They worked for me but my poor husband could not get that stuff down and ended up losing most of it in the wrong direction. He had no problems with miralax and gatorade.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


pmac
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Pico Salex...2 little pouches. You mix one with water, it's about half of a coffee mug, tastes just fine, fizzy and a little citrus...2nd one later in the day. I did have to fast for 2 full days...really was not at all traumatic :) You do have to get it from the pharmacist, and they will most likley have to bring it in, but that only takes 1 day. Good luck!
Paula

chelsea_doll
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I used the pico Salex and thats all i will use now, 2 glasses of this stuff (tastes kind of like warm tang) and thats it. I found that the urge to go wasnt as urgent and hardly any cramping from it

LynnRN
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
My last scope I did the osmo-prep,which is like 20 pills,and it cost me $40.00,but was it worth it to me?? ABSOLUTELY!!!! The pills do taste salty,but for me it beats drinking t he other stuff.  Good luck!! :-)

Zanne
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   Posted 11/14/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have only used the pills for the last few years. Both Visicol and OsmoPrep(?). They have cut down on the number of pills you need to take to 28 from 40. I had about 8 colonoscopies last year alone so I know about the pills, they really are soooo much better than the vile liquid. For me, it takes a bit longer to work, but still I would much rather take a pill. I usually have to demand the pills, my doctor prefers the liquid preps, but I just can't get the liquids down. You may have to be forcefull to get what you want. Good luck.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


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apalaura
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   Posted 11/14/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I did the osmoprep 2 weeks ago-much better than that liquid stuff. Although, it did clear me out-both ends.
Dx'd 5/07, pred, asacol, azasan
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Sarita
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   Posted 11/14/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My wonderful, too-good-to-be-true new GI just prescribed the Osmo-prep pills.  The fun commences tomorrow morning.  Ahh...can't wait.  Going on a shopping spree tonight for some mags, extra-soft TP, baby wipes, and Epsom salts.  The only way to go.

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CrohnsDaddy
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   

And don't forget the Desitin. I *really* wish someone would have told me to use the Desitin before the laxatives took effect. I was sore for two weeks after that darn prep.

Skip the "Desitin Creamy", and go right for the good ole fashioned regular "Desitin". It's 40% Zinc Oxide, and 100% better at keeping you safe from harm's way, if you know what I mean. :)


john's girl
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   Posted 11/14/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also a big fan of popsicles (don't eat red, purple or orange - the dye's bad for the colonoscopy). It feels great to have something to "chew" a little bit after all those darn liquids.

jamieo
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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I found that starting the liquid diet a couple of days early really helped me. I had protein shakes and clear liquids for a couple of days before I had to start the preparation. Also, I used phosphosoda rather than the other stuff.

Probiotic
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   Posted 11/15/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am a contrarian on this thread, but I am a convert to using the 4 liters or whatever of the "go-litely" or "nu-litely" PEG drink because I find it MUCH gentler (less cramping, less vioence) on the cleanout than the phospha-sodas. The sodas are small but violent. Also, if you google the issue, you'll see that there is a real concern that those with UC can be vulnerable to emedical emergencies from the dehydration and possible kidney failure in rare cases, caused by the phospha-sodas whereas this is not a danger from guzzling the PEG drinks. Last but not least, see if your GI can use a pediatric scope for the actual cscope. I happen to be on the small side so I reckon my colon is smaller and narrower too, but regardless, a pediatric scope is narrower and easier for the operator to maneuver and hence less violent during the actual scope- even if you are well doped up that should improve the post procedure recovery a bit.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
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Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO
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pb4
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   Posted 11/15/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Phosopho soda can be violent, unless you do a mainly liquid diet for a day or 2 before prepping with it...my experiance with it anyways.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


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   Posted 11/15/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah I forgot to add also that I was fully cleaned out after only 60% or so of that Nu-Litely (and therefore stopped at that point, so I didn't have to drink the whole awful thing), I think partly because I shifted to a bland and then clear liquid diet about 24 h earlier than the official instructions, so there was less to clear out. Starving is the toughest part of the scope prep for me.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO
Turmeric/circumin, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD)
 
 
 


Sarita
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
One tip to keep the hunger pangs at bay during a prep: buy a gross anatomy textbook and every time you start thinking of how hungry you are, skim over another picture.  Problem solved.  LOL.
 
Hmm, come to think of it, maybe THAT'S why I've lost so much weight in the past three months...I'm just too grossed out to eat enough!  tongue   That'd be a nice explanation...
 
Anyway, another tip is to drink broth.  I don't know about you guys, but when I get sick of all this Gatorade and ginger ale, I cook up some salty broth and it at least "feels" more like I'm eating.  I've been guzzling the stuff all day today.
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bunnypucker
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
ill only do the visicol pill prep or the miralax/dulcolax combo. i mix the miralax in koolaide and you really cant taste it, plus i didnt get any cramping from it at all.

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Im 26 years old, and am currently only taking remicade, protonix and evil prednisone for my CD. am on quite the cocktail for my BP however: Geodon, Lamictal, Celexa, Buspar and Klonopin.
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Homeboy
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   Posted 11/15/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Phospo Soda is my Prep.

It does taste like salt water, but at least it's easier to drink it fast.
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