My experience with MoviPrep and my colonoscopy results.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Last week I prepped for my first colonoscopy in three years. The scope I had three years ago found two rather large pre-cancerous polyps had developed in three years.
Having had several colonoscopies, I have used golightly, halflightly, Sodium phosphate [Fleet], and this time MoviPrep. Both golighly and halflighty caused my to vomit after getting only half of the required amount down. Though I didn't get all the prep in, I was properly cleaned out. The Fleet didn't cause me to vomit and worked well. The company that makes this product recalled it OTC sales of it in 2008 because of a FDA warning.
My GI assured me that the MoviPrep worked well and he had heard no complaints from his patients about it. My MoviPrep instructions were for a two stage prep - one starting at 4PM, the other at 8PM. The powders were mixed with a liter of water and I was to drink an 8 oz glass every 15 minutes. I got the first two glasses down and then felt very full and nauseous. When it came time for glass #3, I took one gulp and projectile vomited. I waited an hour and tried again to get glass #3 down. Two gulps and I vomited again. Then the prep started working.
Decided to wait another hour and try again. Take a normal size swallow of the slightly lemon dishwater tasting mixture and yes, vomited again. I then give up. The prep had things moving and I was surprised after a couple hours that things were running clear. I decide I can go in for the scope instead of canceling even though I only consumed 1/4 of the total prep!
Wake up on scope day and pass a really brown liquid. I think uh-oh, this is not good. Tell my tale of woe to my GI and he took pity on me and said he hoped he would be able to see. Afterward, he said I was very well cleaned out and the best news of all-
NO polyps were found and there was no sign of Crohn's! [He did take biopsies and I'll get those results next week.] If I have no GI problems, then my next colonoscopy will be in 5 years!
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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not know what else to say except Yeah, Bravo, and Happy Dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
MoviPrep is one of the worst things I've ever tasted. It worked very well, but on my second round, I threw up as well, just because of the awful taste experienced from it. Id drink it again, but the next time around I wouldnt worry about trying to drink all of it, just because I am 90% sure the first round takes care of most, and the second is just overkill-

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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations!!!! That is awesome that everything came back well. The Dr prescribed osmoprep for me and it worked well but I was still pooping at 3:00 am. I started the prep at 5:00 pm. 4 pills every 15 mins between 5:00 and 6:00 and then 4 more pills every 15 mins from 8:00-8:30 so a total of 32 pills. Each dose required 8 oz of liquid. Luckily I figured out after vomiting on the 4th dose that I could use any of the approved liquids such as white grape juice so it went much easier after that because I cannot drink tons of water without getting nauseous. Got to the hospital and went one last time at 7:00am. Told the doc I hoped I did not pooh on him. He said as long as it was clear I was ok. I found osmoprep to be so easy except for the bloating of all the liquids. I don't know how I could ever get that nasty tasting liquid down!
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   Posted 5/20/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides good to here from you again. We all wish someone would figure out a decent prep. I get scoped every 2 years and the best prep, Sodium phosphate isn't avaliable. Why couldn't they eliminate a lousy one?
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 5/21/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you had to go through the nasty prep, but ever so happy you got good news!!!!

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   Posted 5/21/2010 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you had a clean scope result Ides. I do not understand why so many GIs continue to use the high-volume purgatives like Movi-Prep and Golightly. My GI has for years used the simple Dulcolax-Magnesium Citrate combination and I have never failed to have a good cleanout. After fasting on D minue one, 4 Dulcolax in the afternoon, one small bottle of mag cit early in the evening, and a second bottle very early the next morning, the day of the scope. Then a Phazyme tablet to reduce gas bubbles. I do my scopes with no sedation (I ahve posted on this before -- it may not be for everyone, but works fine for me) and I have always watched the screen throughout. It's just a simple, easily tolerated prep, though I suppose it may not be appropriate for everyone. I suspect those who use the big gun, drink a river preps are going for overkill since a lot of patients are not very compliant. For those with issues with those preps, you might consider bringing up the Dulcolax-mag cit combination with your GI next time and see if it is an option.

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   Posted 5/21/2010 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad all came out OK . Hmmmmm, maybe that did not come out OK ,,,but good to see you and glad the test results are good.
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   Posted 5/21/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
so gld everything was clear for you :)
i've only had one colonoscopy so far but i dont know what i'd do if i had to have one when i started the prep so late! last time i had my first lot of prep at 7am and it took till some time between 3.30 and 4 pm to start working! by that point i was vomitting and i vomitted up the whole of the second lot!! i hope my next one isnt as bad!! The dr even commented that my colon was very dehydrated when he was doing the scope - but im assuming anyone's would be after vomiting up all liquids and having the first prep in me for so long before it worked!!

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   Posted 5/21/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ides, I'm so pleased to see you. I was looking for you a couple weeks ago!
So pleased your scope was ok. Take care!!

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   Posted 5/22/2010 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
well glad your still around ides. was beginning to wonder....

and if i have to PREP to see movies i aint goin'!

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   Posted 5/22/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you made it thru the prep and the results were good. My colon is adherred to my body cavity so they can't do cscopes on me because they worry about perforation. But my GI keeps trying to get me to try it again. But I have been fighting it because of the preps they offer now. I cannot drink a large amount of liquids. I miss the Fleet Phosphosoda. I could get that small amount of liquid down and get cleaned.
So I will be doing a CT Enterography soon to check on the state of the intestines.

Hugs for surviving that awful prep!

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   Posted 5/22/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
That's awesome, Ides! I mean about the results, not the prep. :) Last week I took the MoviPrep, too. I started at 5pm then did the 2nd liter at 11pm. Only managed to get 1 1/2 of the 2 liters down. Just awful but really 1/2 - 3/4 TOTAL would have done the trick. I started going to the bathroom by 6pm! My GI wouldn't let me do the OsmoPrep pills this time because evidently there's been a connection to kidney disease with them.

Anyway, I'm curious about your Crohn's. Has your colon been limited to those polyps that are, thank God, no longer there? Have you ever had ulcerations or abcesses? I was wondering because that's what I have scattered throughout my colon and I'd be interested to know what kind of Crohn's medications you've been on to not have any sign on Crohn's. I'm meeting with my GI in 2 weeks to discuss what new treatment they're going to put me on as it would seem my Colazal is no longer doing the trick.
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   Posted 5/23/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
When my Crohn's was first diagnosed I had ulcerations in the terminal ileum and scarring from previous inflammation. I had a second scope before I started on Remicade and Imuran and there was more scarring and different erosions/ulcerations in my TI. I also had an upper endoscopy the same day as the 2nd colonoscopy and my stomach showed lots of places of recent bleeding and overall inflammation. My GI said the stomach issues were Crohn's caused. After the third infusion of Remicade, there was a 50% improvement in my GI symptoms [diarrhea up to 20 times a day, abdominal pain, severe GERD and stomach pains.] After about 5 months on Remicade, I had NO GI issues. For the first time in 25 years I could eat most kinds of raw fruit and vegetables and not suffer for hours later.

I stayed on Remicade for 2.5 years and when it lost its effectiveness, I switched to Humira. I had a reaction to Humira and then was off all TNFs. I had a colonoscopy in 2007 when they found the polyps, but there was no sign of Crohn's activity in the TI or colon. At that point I had been off all anti-TNF meds for 7 months and was only taking Imuran. Still could eat most everything [fried foods and Romaine lettuce cause me problems.]

My AS flared badly and June of 2009, I went on Simponi, another anti-TNF. I recently was taken off the Imuran because of severe chronic anemia. I had been off Imuran for 10 days at the time of my last scope.

Must add a bit of perspective at my good fortune - my Crohn's was originally diagnosed as mild. I was started on Remicade not for the Crohn's issues, but for the severe inflammation caused by the ankylosing spondylitis [AS]. There are studies that show people with mild to moderate Crohn's treated quickly with anti-TNFs tend to have a good chance at remission. I am one of the fortunate ones in that regards. My AS is what plays havoc with my body. I am just thankful that I don't have to cope with both diseases flaring.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Ides! I too miss the PhosphoSoda. *sigh* Next best is Magnesium Citrate as it is just two 10 oz bottles split into two separate sessions, one bottle each. Of course, it is up to you to be sure to drink LOTS of water and clear liquids in between.

My last scope in December I prepped for the first time w/HalfLytely. Not quite so bad tasting as the NuLytely and GoLytely but thankfully only half the volume of the sewer water to drink as w/the two former Lytely products.
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   Posted 6/25/2012 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I started the first round of MoviPrep at 5:00pm and had some vomiting. No results otherwise. Is cleansing a lost cause? Should I take the second round at 10:00pm as prescribed?

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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Because I just can't "do" the volume of liquids required w/these doggone preps after much discussion w/my gastro we've increased the time allowed for getting each batch down and that has helped tremendously.

I was also a fan of phosphosoda and of magnesium citrate as much better than ANY of the PEG products (the "Lytelys").
Ides, for awhile there I know the AS was really "kicking your butt" and I'm delighted to read that you are doing so much better!!!
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   Posted 3/3/2016 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I can only tell you what my experience was. First of all, I take HZTZ (blood pressure type of water pill) and was given Moviprep last February, although now they say do not give it to patients who take this meds because kidney disease has happened. I am a senior and at the time my colonoscopy was routine after 5 years. I was in tip top shape and the doctor had checked my pancreas the previous year and told me my body was that of a 40 year old...But right after the test I got sick and and its taken me a year to start feeling somewhat better...At first even drinking water made me feel like I was drinking acid, burned my esophagus (she decided I also needed an endoscopy although I did not need one..) Then I was put on nexium 40 mg twice a day (twice the normal dose). Be careful with moviprep since now they do not use it as much because its been reported that some patients develop heart problems, irregular heart beat and kidney disease. To make a lond story short I was also given the precription pepsid which is twice as strong in addtion to the nexium. The problem is that once you start any ppis (see new warnings) your body will go on rebound when you stop. You have to wean yourself slowly and then take pepcid to help deal with the rebound. Now I am eating ground chicken (broiled) and ground veggies and mashed potatoes, all without spices or fried. I used to take 4 pepcid and now I am down to 2 and slowly getting better. Be informed, do searches, read, read, read and be the boss of your body.
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