Halflytely Advice?

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i have to do this prep today for my colonoscopy tomorrow morning. i'm dreading having to drink so much of that stuff! in the past, i've used the fleet prep but this time my dr. prescribed this one. anyone use this before??
33 year old stay at home mom to a fantastic 3 yr old boy : )
diagnosed in 1999, Flared from June to Sept.
asacol 3 - 3x's a day, rowasa - 1X every other week. OTHER SUPPLEMENTS
multivitamin, omega 3 fish oil, fibercon

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used the GoLytely prep...I think it's similar to HalfLytely, but more liquid. My doctor let me split the dose b/w night before and morning of prep and it really wasn't that hard for me to get the liquid down...just annoying going to the bathroom so much. One of the suggestions that someone here gave me was to drink it through a straw so you can't taste it very much. I didn't mix mine with any flavoring...I tried, but it tasted better plain, IMO. Also, you may want to get some soft toilet paper and A&D ointment. My butt got pretty sore and these helped a bit.

Good luck with your prep and c-scope! I'm sure others will chime in with prep suggestions.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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   Posted 1/6/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My advice...don't mix any flavouring in it. Use a straw and put it as far in your mouth as comfortable. It works.

I'd take the gallon prep over the fleet any day...one experience with that stuff was enough.
Half a gallon will be a fine.

Let us know how it goes..lol!

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
ugh, i am having a REALLY hard time. it's making me so nauseous. i'm not really good at drinking fast so i end up tasting it too much. i'm practically gagging. i think i've only had about 1/2 and i don't think i can finish it. it's definitely working though - have already gone several times. i wonder if i stop now if it will mess up my colonoscopy? i just can't take one more sip without vomiting sad
34 year old stay at home mom to a fantastic 4 yr old boy : )
diagnosed in 1999, last flared from June to Sept.
lialda - 2 pills a day, rowasa - 1X every other week. OTHER SUPPLEMENTS
multivitamin, omega 3 fish oil, fibercon

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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 210
   Posted 1/6/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI Nurse told me that when it started to come out clear, you are done. If your stool is clear then you are cleaned out. she did warn me to make sure there wasn't a tinge of brown.

Asacol 6 tablets twice daily
Remicade every 8 weeks
Folid Acid daily
Methotrexate 3 times a week
Iron supplements

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 339
   Posted 1/6/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had to take halflitely 3x this year and I think I'm aan old hand. First, if your halflitely isn't very cold add lots of ice. It makes it easier to go down when cold. i pooped most of th night, so I suggest a pillow to rest your head, aloe toilet paper, a magazine or a TV nearby and, of course, A&D ointment or my preference, Bag Balm to ease your sore back end.

Good luck tomorrow.
Prescriptions: Lialda (on a study) asacol, hycosamine, protonix, synthroid, zyrtec, avalide, nasocort, Miacalcin spray and Trazadone for sleep.
OTCs:  Usana multivitamins and multiminerals, Usana Procosa, Usana Mega Antioxidants, Omega 3, Vit. E,  Healthy trinity probiotics, Calcium Citrate

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