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   Posted 9/23/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone can help me with this problem. I have been given a sachet of picolax to take before going in on Monday for a defecating proctogram. They have told me to take it Sunday after lunch. The problem is it's my husbands birthday Sunday and wev'e got a meal out booked Sunday evening. Does anyone know if the picolax will have done its worst by the pm, or how I'll be after taking it? I will be really upset if I can't make the meal and my hubby won't be very happy either. My appt on the Monday is 12.30 lunchtime. Would it cause any problems if I took the picolax in the evening instead. I'm sorry if this seems a trivial thing and it probably is but the test was arranged last minute and I don't really know anything about the picolax. Any info or advice would be really appreciated.
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   Posted 9/24/2006 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never taken this but what I read on the Internet doing a search, you could take this after your dinner, but be prepared to be in the bathroom for a time that evening. I don't know how much sleep you'll get that night either.

Sorry this came at a bad time for you. You may want to do more searches for Picolax on the Internet and you'll find out more info.

I prefer Google as a search engine, but right now I'm on Windows and I'm usually on a Mac and have Google as my default search engine.

Good luck!

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   Posted 9/25/2006 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey...just letting you know i had to use the picolax or picoprep stuff..there mostly all the same a few weeks ago..they tell u to take it at a certain time for a reason im sorry to that ur fullyyyy cleaned out before ur examination or whatever your having...having it later than the allocated time might mean ur not fully cleaned out for the procedure... but you could ring you Gastro doc or whoever is performing the procedure and ask.... but i would definately find out before you decide yourself to take it at night :) hope that helps a bit..

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   Posted 10/8/2006 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Is the picolax available all over the world? Can anyone buy it without any prescription of any doctor?
How much time it takes to produce bowel movement? Also tell me about its taste and procedure to take it.

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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
i had to take this a few weeks past, and i would not reccomend taking it after your meal sorry to say, i had to take mine before 8am the morning before i went in the next day, plus a second sachet late afternoon, plus you are restricted, to what you can eat, i could not eat any thing after 2pm but was allowed a clear soup for supper, if you look on the instructions which came with these powders in explains it to you, the only other thing you could do if you really dont want to miss out, is see if they can fit you in another time.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I had to take picolax in prep for a colonoscopy + gastroscopy a few days ago. I took 2 sachets (which tasted completely fine) and waited eagerly near the loo with book ready ... But nothing happened. Then a bit after 8 pm it all started. The instructions I got said it would start within half an hour and would last for about 6 hours max - but this was LIES! In my case anyway. I was still having bowel movements 13 hours later (when I had to take the next 2 sachets). So I'd advise people not to rely on it stopping quickly! It sucked being up all night but it was way better than I thought because a) it wasn't as 'explosive' as I was expecting and didn't hurt or even feel particularly yucky and b) except for the first 2 times, I got plenty of warning (enough time to easily get out of bed and down the hall to the loo without a hassle). The first 2 were pretty sudden, but still not too bad.
Also it was still going on when I went in for my procedure so I panicked that they'd send me away and make me come back later. But they said that is often the case and not a big deal at all, so that was good.
For those having the same procedure and panicking, I was totally freaked out at the idea of being PROBED but it was totally fine. They gave me a sedative and I was out like a light, and woke up when it was all over, with a nice nurse there to give me sandwiches :) Don't even have a sore butt :)
But I'd recommend taking the next day off work because I had some abdominal pain after (I guess from being filled with gas + starting to eat again after being empty + muscle soreness from the diahorrea) and it was nice to be home in bed rather than at work. Also you get gas after :) Good luck and don't panic - it's not as bad as it sounds!

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   Posted 7/29/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's a question I don't see anyone here addressing.

Even though I've never been instructed to take this prep (still not available in the US from what I can determine), any prep I've taken coincides with a full liquid diet the day of prep.

So when I wake up that day, all solids are definitely out. I am drinking water, gatorade, clear broth, tea/coffee w/o cream, soda, jello, just not anything with red dye in it.

I wouldn't be interested in going out to dinner while on a diet like this!

But if going out to eat when others are eating and you are just sipping a beverage and if you think you can delay the start of this prep, then I guess it could work.

I'm however hesitant to suggest you delay the start of the prep too.

Any prep I begin takes a lot of time to work. Almost 12 hours. I prefer Fleet's Phospho Soda, my first dose is usually 1 pm, followed by second dose at 6 pm. I am still have discharge until 11 pm or later.

Personally, I'd skip the dinner and concentrate on being as cleaned out as possible. Not rushing this entire prep schedule. But that's just me.

I wish you well.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
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