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DianeLS
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   Posted 8/11/2005 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone, I've just had a lovely colonoscopy and used a new prep product called Pico Salax.  It tastes great...really.  Just like Tang (the orange drink).  It comes in a powder and you mix it with water.  If anyone needs more info, or you have problems getting it let me know at UCsufferer@hotmail.com.  My dr. said that it was just available starting last year and he is now advising all his patients to use it.  A bit of a relief for a yucky procedure. 
Diane

dbab
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   Posted 8/11/2005 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Diane,
I'm assuming since the post is titled "Canadians-colonoscopy" that its only available in Canada. Ahh Shucks!! LOL that's okay, I had the pills (Visicol) for my last prep and that worked really well for me. Hopefully this Pico Salax will be available in the states one day however I know it is probably great info for our Canadian members. Thanks for the info!!
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Des (dbab)
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/12/2005 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info! I'm scheduled to have a colonoscopy the end of August. I may order some from a Canadian pharmacy online. You wouldn't happen to be able to recommend one, would you? I don't want to order medicine (even if it's just a laxative) from a shady store.

I was told I couldn't have the pills and that I had to drink phosphosoda, which I was assured was not as bad as that gallon stuff--golyghtly, I think it is (it's a wonder it didn't make me vomit the last time). But I was reading on the Crohn's forum last night that a lot of people REALLY hate the phosphosoda stuff. They said it was really nasty. The only thing that made it better than the golyghtly was that there wasn't as much of it to drink.

When I said something to my BF about getting this Pico Salax he started in on "what makes you think you know better than you doctor..." and "...ordering illegal drugs..." Hey, one, he's never had a colonoscopy; I have. Two, if it's good enough for a Canadian (and works for a Canadian), it should be good enough for an American (and work for an American). Three, I don't trust doctors much further than I can throw them. After all, I had a bad gall bladder for five years and four or five doctors, including two G.I.s never diagnosed it. Do I think they know what they're doing? Not a lot of the time. I figure it's like taking your car to the mechanic; you need to be at least moderately informed before you go, else you might get a lot more work done on your car than is necessary. And secondly, do you have to use the brand and weight motor oil your mechanic recommends? If it lubes the motor, does it really matter if its a generic brand? I mean, if this stuff cleans me out, does it matter it's not what my doctor told me to buy? (For that matter a pizza and a 2-liter of coke would clean me out pretty good, but I better not rely solely on that.)

Keri

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   Posted 8/15/2005 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Keri, I just wanted to butt in here and tell you that the phospho-soda stuff isn't that bad. Each time I had to mix the stuff with 8oz of liquid I chose a new liquid. The 1st time I used water (yuck, don't use water), 2nd time I used Sprite (was good but made me belch like crazy) and the 3rd time I used apple juice (not too bad). I suggest using any liquid you can handle a lot of (that isn't "colored") and keep it REAL cold. Oh, and drink through a straw. I didn't want to sip it slowly so I set up several "shots" of it and took swigs. By the time I got to my last vial (the 6th) to mix I couldn't fit anymore liquid in my stomach. I drank a few sips and tossed the rest. I figured "if this stuff is given to everyone, including 200lb men, I shouldn't really have to drink ALL of it to get the full effect because I'm only 110lb." It's true because my doc even commented on how "clean" I was. I don't know what size person you are but I would suggest that if you can't fit the last bit of the stuff, then don't force yourself.

radioman
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   Posted 8/16/2005 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Why suffer with the phospho soda and all it does when for a few dollars more Colyte or PegLyte will do the trick with fewer side effects?  Not sure why the docs want their patients to suffer so.  I must remember Pico Salax, however, cause it may taste better than the two above mentioned.

Mrs. B
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   Posted 1/2/2006 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow...I took my Pico Salax this morning at 8am and have only had one bowel movement....is this normal??  I thought I'd be on the john all day long!!!! confused    and it tasted great too!  Would recommend it to anyone.

Post Edited (Mrs. B) : 1/2/2006 11:06:21 AM (GMT-7)


dbab
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   Posted 1/2/2006 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mrs. B,
Sometimes a prep won't fully hit you until later in the day. Once it starts though, it won't stop. How is the progress so far?
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Mrs. B
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   Posted 1/2/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dbab...well, I've gone quite a bit but it really hasn't been that bad at all.  We took the stuff at 8am and I honestly could have gone out until 12:30, no problem.  My husband is having it done tomorrow also.  We can't really believe how great it's been so far, especially since some of the stories we've heard.  "They" say the prep is worse than the colonoscopy itself, we can't imagine that!  Thanks for asking about me though...I am a little nervous about tomorrow

dbab
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   Posted 1/2/2006 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You'll be okay Mrs. B. The prep is the worst part if you use the conventional old style preps, believe me. I was using the sludgy stuff until last year when I got to use the pill prep. I will never go back to those sludge (the term "liquid" would be deceiving). That is why people say the prep is the worse and besides the fact that you are on the toilet all day, hungry, and cramping and nauseas. Where I had my colonoscopy, they put me under anesthesia and I was not awake through the whole thing. After I came to, I rested about 15 minutes and rode home with my mother in law and went home and slept the rest of the anesthesia off. Its really not bad at all. Try not to stress about it. Let us know how it goes.
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