Urgent colyte advice needed

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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm confused now. I have to start drinking the colyte in a few hours. Instructions that came with colyte say just mix with water. Pharmacist and other instructions I have say mix with crystal light for flavor. I know it's going to be difficult for me to keep down as I am very sensitive to bad tastes. I did get raspberry lemonade crystal light, but how much do I add, and should I add it or try to drink it straight? I got straws too. I am taking dulcolax as well, and bought a bottle of miralax just in case.

So what's the lesser evil with the colyte? And if I can't keep it down, do I mix the miralax with anything and how much/how often do I drink that?

Does plugging your nose while you drink help? I've only ever done the fleet phospho stuff before and that barely stayed down. I'm really worried. I just want to get this over with.

Thanks for your help!

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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Holding your nose does help. And make sure it's COLD. Flavor would help, but I don't know how much to add. I never could keep it all down, but it still did the job.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission since 11/2003
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, still trying to figure it out

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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Miralax because you can mix it in any liquid and it is tasteless.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
How much miralax is needed? I bought the smaller bottle. I was hoping that with the dulcolax and maybe some of the colyte staying down it would be enough.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh is the rasberry red colored?? Mu doctor said nothing with red or orange coloring. I just held my breath tight and chugged it and then chased it with water. I hope you are able to get it down!!!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
The raspberry turned pink when I added it. I thought considering I drank most of it straight maybe that will be ok. I got through about half of the jug and seem to be running very clear now. Well, yellow-clear. No noticeable residue like before. I was expecting it to take longer since I was eating late last night. But Hooray! I choked it down! I did some gagging, but got through it. Definitely colder is better. I took a break and it actually started freezing. I used a straw and plugged my nose. But it was easier than the phospho stuff I used years ago. Oh, and I chased it with diet 7 up. That helped a lot.

Now I'm hungry. My hubby brought home kfc for the kids. It smells good. I can't wait for my first meal tomorrow.
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