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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to have a scope at the end of the month. My doctor is giving me a choice of prep. He usually gives me fleets, but he is giving me the option of taking Magnesium Citrate. Has anyone used this and how does it taste.  Do you feel like you want to vomit with it? I know phosho soda is nasty, but at least i know what to expect with that. Help me decide which to choose
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Ive had 5 colonoscopy's. My next is scheduled for Monday the 13th. Every time they have given me GoLytley. I'd prefer to call it Go Heavily. Anyways, its a gallon jug of disturbing flavored chemical. Ive always just drank it as fast as I could. Its not fun at all, but you gotta do it. I can usually get through the whole gallon in under an hour.

This time around my doctor is giving me a new one called MoviPrep. Its half the dose of GoLytley. I dont anticipate it tasting any better. Ill let you know though.

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   Posted 10/3/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My then 8 year old had to do the mag citrate for her prep last year. She actually said it wasn't real bad. She had to do the clear diet for two days and on each of those two days she had to drink a 12 ounce bottle of mag citrate at noon. The first day we made the mistake of letting her take sips of 7up as a chaser - don't recommend that - mag citrate is carbonated so 7up was too bubbly. She almost burped/threw it back up. The second day she used a popsicle to numb her taste buds and that went much better.

A little tip from her - Good Neighbor Pharmacy Lemon Flavor is sooo much better than Walgreens Pleasing Lemon Flavor.

Good luck!

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

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   Posted 10/3/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The Magnesium Citrate was salty and a little bitter, but I would take that over Fleet preps ANY DAY!!! Fleet is the worst in my opinion. I've gotten very ill from Fleet every time.

Although, I've only done the magnesium citrate once and I wasn't fully cleaned out. I drank the stuff and waited forever and the bathroom trips just never came. Then, I accidentally fell asleep. Woke up in the morning to my alarm clocking thinking "OH NO!!! I didn't go to the bathroom!!!" I couldn't believe it, I was freaking out. Then, I took a hot shower and things got moving like crazy. Unfortunately not quite enough but they were still able to do the scope. So if you're going to go that route you might want to have an enema or something of the sort on hand just in case.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day


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   Posted 10/4/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies. I would like to hear more before I make my decsion, so keep them coming
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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   Posted 10/4/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I prefer the gallon prep (the one without any flavouring).

I did the fleet once...NEVER again!

Never did the magnesium citrate.

*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~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 !!!

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   Posted 10/4/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never done the fleet, but I have done the mag citrate. I couldn't get all that viscuous liquid down, and it made me throw up anyway, so it didn't do its job for me. I even used a suppository with it and I still wasn't clean. My last prep was with Miralax/dulcolax, and oh boy did it do the trick. One thing that I think helps a lot is to start the liquid diet a day or two earlier than recommended, regardless of the prep method. That leaves less solid mass to move out, so even if you can't choke down the gallon of stuff, you'll probably get clean enough for the scope.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (trying to taper down)

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   Posted 10/4/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had Half-Lytely, which I think is the same thing as that MoviPrep. It's basically GoLytely, but half the size- I had to drink about 6 8oz. glasses of the nasty stuff. I used the lemon-lime flavor packet in mine. It really wasn't too bad- you gulp down a glass every 10 minutes, then it's just sitting on the toilet 'til you're done. There are also 2 pills you take, bisacodyl????, but I forget where in the process you take them. I think it's right at the beginning, before you drink the stuff. Apparently my GI thinks it's the safest prep to use while in any type of flare- those preps can be very caustic to the insides! I've only used the Fleet enemas for sigmoidoscopies. Never that whole Fleet prep kit, which is pills & enemas.

diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
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   Posted 10/4/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. Thinking on this, I don't think i am going to go with the magnesium citrate. I think i am going to stick with fleets. At least I know what I am in for. Another question I have is did anyone ever chug down the bottle of fleets and then chase it down with liquids. My trouble with fleets is drinking all those glasses with the mix of the fleets in it. Wouldn't it be faster and less painfull if you chug it down like a shot? Or is this a killer too? Has anyone done this?
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Diosmin(for leg and vein support)

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   Posted 10/4/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
during my first c-scope, i mixed it with 7-up or sprite (i can't remember which) it still was disgusting though, but this time it was twice the size of disgusting. it tasted like a cup of liquid salt. yuck!! but, i was told that you could mix it with a clear drink like 7-up, sprite, or ginger ale.

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   Posted 10/4/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
     My GI doctor always prescribes the GoLytely.  He said it is the best for people with UC, easier on the colon.    A few years back he said I could take the Fleets, but I threw it all up.  I was hospitalized in May and while in there they gave me the magnesium citrate.  I was a little anxious about taking it, but it wasn't bad at all.  I think they gave it to me with ginger ale or 7-Up.  However, I was on a liquid diet while in the hospital and the day of the prep they put me on a PIC line, intravenous feed.  So, I didn't have much to clean out anyway. 
     If you opt for the GoLytely, try going on a liquid diet for two days before taking the prep.  This way you won't have to drink all the liquid.  I only have to drink about 1/3 of the entire jug before things look clear if I do that.   Good luck!
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.

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