Anyone had pill prep for colonoscopy?

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   Posted 10/2/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having a colonoscopy on Friday. For the first time I'm going to be using a pill prep.  The full dose is 32 pills (4 at a time with 8oz of liquid) every 15 mins.  My GI said I could try taking half the amount and see if that works.  The pills are called Osmo-Prep.  Has anyone had any experience with this prep?  It seems easier to take the pills and not have to deal with the horrible liquid.
Hope everyone's doing well.  Thanks for any advice. :-)

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   Posted 10/2/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the pills for my last prep. It was so easy! I have had to do the liquid prep before and ended up throwing up from it becasue it was just so nasty. With the pills I just put on a movie and watched the clock. I will never do the liquid again!

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   Posted 10/2/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
loved it. I used visicol
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   Posted 10/2/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
i also used visicol, it was SO easy and i had no stomach pain and its the only one that has totally cleared me out
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   Posted 10/2/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had the pill prep, too. It's much much easier than the liquids--and doesn't taste bad. The only drawback is that the pills are enormous, and you have to take them with a lot of water. I've generally only taken half of what's prescribed, and that's worked perfectly. I infinitely prefer the pills, thanks!

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   Posted 10/3/2007 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
i've had the pill prep before but didn't like the idea of taking so many pills. i prefer to use the ducolax pills for prep. it works for me.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have only used the pills for the last few years. I had at least 8 colonoscopies last year alone, one last week... so I have used the pill prep multiple times. IMO it is way better than any liquid prep. You still need to drink an incredible amount of liquid, but it is a beverage of your choosing. The pills do have a slight taste to me, so I go for something flavorful as opposed to straight up water. By the end I'm bloated and feeling yucky, but who wouldn't. I do think it takes a bit longer to do its magic, so I end up not really sleeping the night before. But still, there is just no way that I can even think about drinking any of the liquid preps without gaging. I'll give up a full night of sleep not to toss the liquid back up.

Good luck with the prep and I hope you get good results.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I throw up ALL prep stuff. Liquid or pills. I think it was too much water too fast for me. But I will use the pills again next time.

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   Posted 10/3/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
OK now I am irritated :-) I just did the liquid prep thing this week. I was told by two docs that OsmoPrep was no longer used! What is the active ingredient in Visicol or OsmoPrep? Is it the same thing as in the bisacodyl tablets (dulcolax)?
I think I had a bad n/v to the generic bisocodyl tablets this time and don't want that again, BUT I might try it if I didn't have to gag down Trilyte again.
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   Posted 10/4/2007 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your replies.  I'm having my test tomorrow, so today it's clear liquids and the pill prep later today.  Not looking forward to the prep, but hoping it goes well.  Dr. said I could try taking 16 (half the usual dose) and see if it works well.  Will let you know how I made out.  Keeping my fingers crossed for good results - hoping the remicade has made a significant difference!  Best to all.

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   Posted 10/4/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
By the way HabsHockeyFan, in answer to your question, the main ingredient in Osmoprep is sodium phosphate.
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