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jblue65
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   Posted 9/28/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You would think that in our day and age we could have a better way to prep for a colonscopy... I am in the midst of my prep--- One more liter to go... I gag everytime I take a sip...God, I hate this- you would think that after 5 of these I would get used to it

Thanks for letting me vent sad
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX Jan. 07

Lexapro, Lialda, Sythroid, Protonix, Rowasa suspension

Remicade 9th infusion- Sept. 9th


quincy
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah, they suck.  What prep are you using exactly?
 
Use a straw to drink it.. helps me, anyway.
 
Happy purging..haha! rolleyes
 
Keep us posted as to the c-scope.
q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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 !!!
 


Lucky777
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I refuse to take the gallon jug prep ever again. I told the GI that I would not subject myself to that much intake of fluids ever again, and how anyone could possibly drink the whole thing in the allotted time without throwing up was beyond me.

My second prep, I went with fasting and fleets. And everything was fine.

Years ago, I had a prep that was a bottle of magnesium citrate - next time I will ask for that instead. You can mix it with sprite in two glasses, and it's completely fine. My advice, is request a different type of prep. That gallon-jug thing is rediculous.
Sean - 31
Prednisone again for another 12 days, 25mg
UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (4 am)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium (on days where I have to leave the house)
Remicade infusion starting
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Activia yogurt and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change. Just got in my 4 day trial of Haldi.


jblue65
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I am using Moviprep- it is like the gallon type I have used before... I really feel like throwing up...

 

Thanks all


Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX Jan. 07

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Rowasa suspension

Remicade 10th infusion- Sept. 30th


quincy
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll only drink the gallon prep....but not one with any flavouring either IN it or that you can add. Then I'd probably puke.

I refuse to starve myself and have liquids that I don't ever have anyway. Actually, after the Fleet process, it ruined the experience of the c-scope and my time out afterward of breakfast and shopping..lol!!

Interesting. Oh, there's also a half gallon of liquid prep, plus miralax or something like that.....a consideration.

quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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 !!!
 


soleil99
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm prepping for my 10 year colonscopy today also. i'm drinking miralax/gatorade prep. everywhere i read said that the miralax was tasteless, but this is disgusting, it has a really weird aftertaste. during my first colonoscopy, i had to do the fleet phosphosoda prep, which i had to drink 2 bottles, and vomited after the first bottle.

Kiss520
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   Posted 9/28/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I just hate Moviprep. Its so hard to keep down. In the past I've chased mine with small sips of ginger ale and apple juice. Its not much of a help, but at least the taste of the Moviprep doesn't stay in your mouth.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods, eating very healthy.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 9/28/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I had the miralax mixed with 1/2 gallon of gatorade.  YUCK!  I threw up after about 2/3 of it and told the doc - he said everything was ok.  GEEZ, you would believe with modern science they could do easier ways.  My son is a research scientist at Abbott Labs - maybe I will ask him HEE HEE! Seems like last time a few years ago I drank that small green bottle of stuff and did not get sick.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


jblue65
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   Posted 9/28/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I finished the Moviprep unfortunately I threw up the last 8 oz. I just couldn't hold it anymore. I think it will be ok though.... right?
 
The hard part is over----
 
Thanks again for the support
 
 
Jackie, 43

Pancolitis, DX Jan. 07

Lexapro, colazal 3x3, Sythroid, Protonix, Rowasa suspension

Remicade 10th infusion- Sept. 30th


hamley
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   Posted 9/28/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   

O man...I feel for you!  I had 2 colonoscopies in the last month when I was in the hospital.  With the 1st prep, I had uncontrollable runs...very embarassing when I couldn't make it to the loo in time :(  With the 2nd prep, I threw up every single 1/2 hr from 10pm-8am straight until I had the actual colonoscopy...talk about hell!

Good luck and know that you're not alone!


Female- almost 21!
Diagnosed 9/1/08

mild colitis
Meds:  Rowasa 4g
Asacol 400 mg two 3 times/day
Hyoscyamine .125mg as needed
Percocet/ Vicodin as needed
multivitamin





 


Sara14
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   Posted 9/28/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Since my last c-scope was in the afternoon, I got to drink half the GoLytely the night prior to the scope and the other half in the morning. It wasn't that bad that way. I think if I had to drink it all in one night, I would have been sick. My doc. said it was the safest prep to use.
 
Good luck on your scope. That sucks you threw up. I'm sure you'll be all cleaned out anyway.


Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


pb4
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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
In my 17 yrs of crohn's colitis I've only ever drank the 45ml bottles of the phospho fleet sodas, so I have no idea what it must be like to drink litres of that crap (nor will I ever because I'll never go that route), but I certainly sympathize with you and hope the best for your colonoscopy.

:)
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LondonRed
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   Posted 9/29/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
There is a train of thought that says the prep causes further inflammation through severe irritation of the colon and rectum - making proctitis and rectam areas worse. My doc believes that's part of the problem for me.... in 2 months a new milder prep is coming out, I don't know what it's called but I am waiting for that... I'll never taket he aggressive stuff again, God willing.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


beartooth
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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
Brandon
 
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


ErinD
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   Posted 9/29/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problems with my prep in making me sick to my stomach, however my last two preps i tried Osmoprep which are the pills you take. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!! Of course it still cleans you out, but you can drink whatever clear liquids you want with it and it didn't make me sick to my stomach at all. The pills are a bit salty tasting but i would much rather deal with that then vomiting AND clearing out the back-end all at once anytime!!!
Diagnosed with UC 3/2008
10mg Prednisone
75mg 6-MP
Entocort 9mg daily
800mg Asacol 3X daily


Dr-A
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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Halflytely, 2 pills and straw= a party in my bathroom!!
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 3 day
Starting Immuran
Hydrocort/Rowasa/Vitamin E Enemas rotated
Probiotis/MSM/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


Christine1946
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   Posted 9/29/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
     My GI doctor said the best and easiest prep on the gut for people with UC is the Golightly.  I have to have a colonoscopy every year.  First few years were horrible, after that I learned a lesson.  Three days before the PREP, I eat very lightly.  Day before the PREP all I consume are liquids.  On the day I have to take the prep, I only have to drink about 1/3 of it before it starts coming out clear.   Doc said I am the best cleaned out person he has come across..lol.
     In the hospital in May they gave me the citrate to drink.  I was being fed IV, so probably had very little, if anything in me anyways.  That wasn't bad at all...tasted like 7UP.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.


bookworm21
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   Posted 9/29/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I did the Miralax prep last time (I tried Fleets the first time and will never ever take that again). It didn't start working until 9 pm before my c-scope, even though I had taken however much was prescribed. I didn't sleep that night; I was so weak and nauseous when I got to the hospital that they had to hook me up to fluids and nausea meds before the scope.

I didn't find the whole drinking tons of fluids that bad; it was annoying but not completely horrible. I typically don't drink Gatorade, so I used that.


Female, Age 19
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 2 Anucort
 


uckaren
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   Posted 9/29/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I have to prep tomorrow for my 3rd colonoscopy.  I'm 43 years old.  Last time which was 2 1/2 years ago I used half lytely, I had the lemon lime, I have to say it wasn't that bad.  This time I'm using the Gatorade, Miralax and Ducolax combo.  I've never had a problem keeping anything down, even the first one I had 10 years ago, it was like 2 gallons of stuff, it was gross, but I had no problem keeping it down.  I hope the Miralax, Gatorade cocktail will be just fine.  I procrastinate this whole procedure, then when it's over, I'm always like "next time don't do that because it was no big deal.."  Regardless, here I am counting the hours and cannot wait until Wednesday afternoon when it's over and I can take a nice nap.  Actually, once I get the i.v., I'm fine, I love the versette.   Best of luck to you all..  I need a good book to read for the bathroom tomorrow, any suggestions??

Thanks,

Karen yeah


Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 9/29/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a day behind you Karen, my prep day is Wednesday.

uckaren
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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sunshine:

Well, I've just had my light breakfast and "last meal" until tomorrow afternoon.  I didn't sleep well, I'm always thinking like "well, 24 hours from now and I"ll be done with prep" or 36 hours from now I'll have the i.v. (the worst part for me, I dread that the most), etc. etc.  I know people do this everyday, but there is no denying it SUCKS!  It could be worse, I know and I just have to get it over with, but that doesn't really change the fact that IT SUCKS!   I'll be thinking of you.   How many colonoscopies have you had?  This will be my third.  Best of luck...

Karen :)


kops2da
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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Good luck to both of you - soon be just HISTORY!  I have had two and two sigmoidoscopies and one endoscopy.  NEVER fun and they do SUCK but so necessary.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it's necessary for UCers to prep with the gallon stuff unless they have constipation. Halflytely (U.S.) is supposed to be the least problematic + the no. of pills accompanying liquid have been reduced from 4 to 2. Phosphosoda has gotten some bad medical reviews in recent years; there is worry about complications to kidney function. Prepping is definitely the worst part of c-scope, unless you also encounter an incompetent phlebotomist at the out-patient center, & assuming that your gastro cares enough to suction out most of the air at the end of procedure. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

uckaren
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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Oy! The gas!  I have never had anyone suction out the gas and I have been doubled over with pain afterward.  I have asked if I can bring Phazyme this time as a  friend took it a few weeks ago after scope and didn't have any gas.  I usually cannot wear anything but elastic sweat pants cause I'm so bloated after and so uncomfortable.  Any ideas anyone??

Thanks, in 24 hours I should be in recovery, ahhhhhhhhhhh, all done for 2 years... Can't wait! 


Old Hat
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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
UCKaren-- before they sedate you, ask your gastro to suction out the air at end of procedure. / Old Hat
 
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