Please tell me Suprep is easier than Miralax/Gatorade Prep!

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   Posted 7/20/2012 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm having a colonoscopy the first week of August. I'm on the 3 year plan b/c of polyps. I've already had 2 flex sigs in the last year for bleeding. Fun times!

Last time I did the colonoscopy prep I did the miralax/gatorade mix. I made it about 2 cups before I started throwing up. This time they gave me suprep. My colonoscopy is early (7:30am) so I will do the entire thing the night before.

Anyway just looking for any tips or encouragement! I don't mind the pooping but the nausea and puking I can do w/out!
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   Posted 7/20/2012 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You won't like what I have to say about Suprep. It was horrible (at least for me)! Sure you have less to drink and if you don't mind the taste of fruity cough syrup, than it might not be so bad. I couldn't finish the second bottle. I normally do not gag on the preps but this one definitely did.

I know that's probably not what you want to hear, I'm sorry. But who knows? Maybe this one won't be so bad for you!
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   Posted 7/20/2012 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have major problems with nausea and vomiting with the prep too. The nurse told me to make sure the mix is very cold and to use a straw. Once the nausea starts, I try to do little sips and to rinse my mouth out with water. I can usually consume 1/3-1/2 of the mix before the nausea is overwhelming. My dr told me that since it is a "diagnostic" colonoscopy the colon doesn't need to be perfect and that I should just do my best.

I hypothesize that one of the many reasons for the nausea is the sugar in the gatorade. Maybe you can find another electrolyte drink that isn't so sweet if you ever have to do the Miralax prep again?

You could also try fasting a bit longer- 36 hours instead of 24 hours made it easier for me to clean everything out last time.
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   Posted 7/20/2012 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
u can do what i do and just do a juice fast for a few days prior to your colonoscopy. if i feel like i haven't gotten everything out, i'll do an enema the night before the test or in the morning before i go. this has always worked for me.

i've had the same prep for all 7 of my colonscopies- NulyTely. it's that huge gallon jug that's impossible to get down. the first few times, i drank the whole thing because i didn't know any better, but now i don't put myself through the torture.
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tried- canasa, pred, 6mp, remicade, rowasa, lialda, entocort, l-glut, vit E enema, VSL enema, aloe vera, NAG, prilosec, zofran, psyllium, bentyl, cipro, flagyl
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   Posted 7/20/2012 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Suprep is awful! My one and only colonoscopy so far required Suprep. Made it through the first round, but the second bottle...well, lets just say I told the good Lord that if it was going to get in me He was going to have to do it! I think I drank less than 1/3 of the bottle then just quit. No point in swallowing something just to throw it up seconds later.

By the time I got to the center for the procedure, all I wanted was to be put to sleep. Told the nurse that she didn't have to explain anything to me-just knock me out and do whatever!

There really should be a better/easier way to prep for a colonoscopy.
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