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   Posted 12/14/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Please read this if you are having a colonoscopy and taking diuretics or blood pressure meds.
When my husband's cirrhosis progressed so rapidly less than 1 month after a colonoscopy using Fleet Bowel Prep, we kept thinking it had to have something to do with the colonoscopy.  Two months later his kidneys failed.  His doctors thought it was Hepatorenal Syndrome, and was sent to another hospital.  Those doctors said his kidney failure had nothing to do with his liver , but couldn't tell us why his kidneys failed.  I could be wrong, but I think the puzzle is falling together.  He's on dialysis 3 days a week for 4 1/2 hours a day.  End Stage Renal Disease.
When I had a colonoscopy last year, my doctor, different than husband's, wouldn't let me use Fleet, but gave me GoLYTELY.  When my husband had his colonoscopy in May this year, his doctor gave him Fleet.  I called his office to make sure he could use that, and the answer was a clear "YES". 
I've done some reading since I was sent this alert yesterday, and found information that ANY persons with liver disease SHOULD NOT use Phospho-Soda as a bowel prep.
Please be aware of this if you or any of your loved ones with liver disease taking diurectics, blood pressure med are having a colonoscopy.
BTW,  I have no idea why my print changed to red. :-)
Mrs. O

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 12/14/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Mrs. O, thanks for the info.  I was given Fleet Phospho-soda prior to my liver cancer surgery, and again for my first incisional hernia repair.  This was prescribed by a surgeon in the Transplant Center.  However, for my last hernia repair, magnesium citrate was prescribed (though it's OTC and I already had some.)  So I guess they might have known something then that we didn't.  Thus far, though, I've had no known negative effects from the Phospho-soda, and I do have cirrhosis.  I would say "better safe than sorry," and suggest a different product if a doctor wants you to take Phospho-soda.


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