Colonoscopy Prep Drugs Get New Black-Box Warnings

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   Posted 12/14/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 12/14/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
EEK! thanks for the heads up. now i'll know to specifically request GoLytely and stay away from osmoprep.
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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, well, then the medical profession/pharmaceutical companies had better come up w/a cleansing product that doesn't require anywhere near the volume/time period that the Lytely products require!!!

Many of us REQUIRE/NEED a much longer period of time in which to get enough liquid down to protect the kidneys and keep them flushed than these sewer water products call for!!!! More time to get more DECENT TASTING adequate amounts of decent tasting fluids down.

I REFUSE to down that much sewer water in that short a time period again. ONCE was ENOUGH! PERIOD. I'll stick w/Magnesium Citrate or PhosphoSoda, smaller amount of foul tasting stuff to drink, and drink more decent tasting fluids over a longer period of time as I've done for years, thank you.

No way will I ever again voluntarily inflict nausea, vomiting and cramping as severe as any Crohn's activity upon myself for a colonoscopy w/the Lytely producst. The medical profession can take their PEG products and stuff them whre the sun don't shine! Or better yet drink them themsevles. For lunch. Most of them could stand to lose thei weight anyway.

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds to me like people just aren't drinking enough liquids after taking the pills. I've heard nothing but good stuff about Osmoprep from people on boards and listserves. I plan on asking for it my next colonscopy, and will just be sure to drink a ton of water/juice afterwards.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I requested Osmoprep for my colonoscopy last week, and my doctor wouldn't prescribe it.  She said that it can leave red spots on the walls of the colon.
I agree that they need to come up with a better prep option.  Half Lytley tastes nasty.  I didn't experience any nausea, but that was only because I refused to gulp it down.  Two liters of any liquid consumed at 8oz every 15 minutes will make you sick.  Prep is never going to be a fun experience, but there's no reason for it to be as bad as it is.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Agreed C2 - I didn't mind the phospho soda and will take my chances with it.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Thanks for the heads up. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 12/14/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't gulp the prep down like it says too. I just drink the 1/2 gallon (at least last time it was just a half gallon with 4 dulcolax pills) over 3 to 4 hours. According to my reports, I'm always nice and clean inside, so my method works fine. I even have a very sluggish system.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
They for sure need to come up with something new. I can't handle that GoLytely prep at all, and it's all they ever want to give me. I won't be having a scope unless they can give me something else to prep with.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 12/15/2008 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that the Miralax prep works best for me.
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I will stick with the Fleet Phophosoda myself. I cannot tolerate huge amounts of liquids, and with the Fleets its two small amounts to drink and thats it. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
As I'm SURE you know, Nanners, but just to stress for others, if yer gonna do the PhosphoSoda or Magnesium Citrate, BE SURE TO DRINK LOTS of water or other clear liquids, as much as if you were doing the Lytely crap during and after the PS or MC. I use a 16 oz or 20 oz water bottle and count how many I drink so I KNOW that I've been sure to get enough and more down. They key for me is spreading out the length of time it takes me to get that much liquid down. My easiest prep, believe it or not, was w/two bottles of MC and going to a horse show!!! Yeah! Honest injun!
It was a half hour drive to the show. I downed a bottle of the MC on the drive down (we had an RV at the time). My daughter and granddaughters were showing most of the day. I had just one class late in the afternoon that I was competing in. I was able to help my daughter and granddaughters w/tack, dressing, the horses, etc late morning, early afternoon. We were parked just outside the arena so I was able to watch most all the show. Late afternoon I was able to compete in my one class, help w/loading the tack, horses, etc. and downed the second MC on the drive home. (THAT RV bathroom was a blessing and the key to my succcess, obviously). The nice thing was I had the horse show activities outside the RV window to take my mind off the queasies which I get no matter what prep I use. But at least it isn't outright nausea, vomiting and cramps!!!!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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