My most recent scope prep used the Miralax and dulcolax. I mixed the miralax with a little more Powerade than recommended, but it made the drinking more tolerable. I also drank it through a straw, which helped to get things down quicker. The aftermath of the prep kept me up all night with the runs, not to mention the numerous accidents I suffered that night.
No prep I've ever done caused me to move my bowels quite like the Miralax/dulcolax prep. The urgency was beyond "GO RIGHT NOW!", but more like "YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE 30 SECONDS AGO FOOL!". It was a couple of days before I started getting back to normal. This was the first prep that really cleaned me out though. Every other prep ended up with me throwing up the gicky solution, which greatly reduced the effectiveness, and left some residue in my intestines. I was not thrilled with the the Miralax prep, but it certainly did the job.
One things someone on this forum suggested is to mix the Miralax into a drink that you don't normally drink. Since I drink Gatorade regularly, I used Powerade to mix the miralax into. I can't drink Powerade anymore, but no great loss. I seem to remember one prep I did that involved suppositories, and while I couldn't drink the nasy fluid with it, the suppositories really got things moving along. If you are having problems, consult with your doctor about
what prep will do the best for you. Don't be afraid to let your doc know how you feel about
things. Without your input, he/she will think everything is going fine, and that no changes are needed.
A thought about
the the prep causing inflammation...after every prep I've done, it has taken almost a week to get my system running close to normal. I think it has something to do with flushing out all the bacteria, good and bad, and then having to repopulate your guts. That could cause some inflammation I would think. Luckily, I only have to endure these things every couple of years, because it certainly doesn't make me feel better.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort retention fluid, Prednisone 15mg and tapering down