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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi , I'm from Vancouver island in British Columbia. And I have been diagnosed with uc in June.. I am getting a colonoscopy done next week and on my form they have me taken PICO-SALAX  to clean out my bowels..  It is taken with 4 oz water at 12 noon the day before , then at 6pm with again 4oz water .  It is supposed to be a nice flavor of orange..  Has anyone taken this and why not, if the stuff you all write about is soooooooo gross. May be ask your pharmacy.  Oh , and by the way , I'm following the spinach and sunflower seed advice and I love it.. I really enjoy reading all the positive stuff . 

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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounded good - looked up the website - if it tastes as good as it says.  Only it also says ....



So that could bother me to drink so much no matter what the flavor without food.  Anyway, not available in US yet.  It does work fast according to instructions!


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New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
10/3/2008 - agreed to try one Lialda and one Canasa every day due to my sensitivity to all medications and side effects. Colonoscopy 10/28 to reaccess.
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe that we have something in Canada , that you don't. It's always the other way around... I will let you all know how it works..

Post Edited (shadowace98) : 10/16/2008 12:44:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I'm also in Canada and Pico Salix is the only prep I have ever used.  It is not difficult to get down.  It has a salty citrus flavour.  It is important to keep drinking water or clear fluids after you have taken the prep solution in order to keep hydrated and to make life easier for the kidneys.  1.5 to 2 litres over 4 hours is not an insane amount.  Its the equivalent of 3 to 4 bottles of water (500 ml each).  The prep tends to act in a rather explosive way - little warning  -- so hang out very close to the toilet and be prepared to spend some time there.  Your bum will be sore as towards the end of the process of elimination the liquid burns as it comes out.  At the end of the day, any prep is gross.  Blegh.

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   Posted 10/17/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the

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   Posted 12/21/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I would like to alert anyone taking Pico-Salax to what happened to me quite recently. My doctor gave me a copy of his own rules on colonoscopy prep. I was advised to drink 250ml. of liquid ( juice, Gatorade,etc.) EVERY 10 MINUTES as long as the effects of the prep. lasted!!! I started doing this about 9 AM the day before the procedure, once I started having results from the 3 Dulcolax tabs I had been instructed to take. I continued drinking the above suggested amounts of fluids until Noon . I then took the first packet of Pico- Salax mixed as suggested and carried on with the fluid intake every 10 minutes. By 4 PM I was feeling unwell & at 6:30 went to the Emerg. I was vomiting severely and admitted. Blood tests showed that my electrolytes were out of kilter and my sodium levels were dangerously low. In addition, and this was really scary, one of my cardiac enzymes was elevated and the doctors thought I was having a cardiac event. Subsequent cardiac tests showed that my heart was OK & that my symptoms were likely the result of drinking too much liquid as prescribed by my doctor.
I think the instructions that come with he Pico-Salax should have been followed.

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   Posted 12/21/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Pico-Salax is composed of chemicals which combine in water to make magnesium citrate. You can buy magnesium citrate over the counter in the US, or on the internet. As for the flavor, I guess one would have to experiment with what to mix it with.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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   Posted 12/21/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I loved the Pico-Salax. I was told to use Go-Lytely, but you have to drink at least 2 gallons of briny swill. The Pico was a fizzy orange stuff and you didn't drink much, maybe 500ml or 1litre I can't remember. Then you just drank water the rest of the day. Easy. I will do it again for my next prep, no need to find anything better. It does require more lead time, but the colonoscopy is going to take two days anyhow.
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UC since July 2006 - entire large intestine
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2x500mg Salofalk three times daily


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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/7/2011 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a colonoscopy  appointment in 2 weeks.  I just went out to buy my pico-salax.  The pharmacy had a generic brand called PURG-ODAN, so I bought it instead, being half the price.  Has anyone ever used a generic brand and does it work just as well?   confused

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   Posted 3/7/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Confirm this for me please, this prep is currently not available in the U.S.? Not even a generic form of it?

If there is a generic available that only Pharmacists know about and it's behind the counter, I'd at least like to try it. I need another colonoscopy this summer and used to rely upon the Fleet's Phospho Soda but I heard that's either been pulled from shelves or only available behind the counter. The Fleet's was terrible tasting but I'd always chase it with a glass of grape coolaid, followed by brushing my teeth and then chewing a piece of gum (and hoping to God I wouldn't accidentally swallow it).

May05 - what a very frightening experience you went thru. My doctor always recommends I consume at least 72 ounces of fluids. I keep a running tab on my liquids all day long. But once I begin the prep, I usually experience mild nausea so I try to get the bulk of my fluids in earlier in the day.

Dreading what prep my doctor will recommend for my scope later this year.

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/4/2011 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am starting to take the pico-salax tonight.  My procedure is tomorrow morning.  My question is...howlong after I drink the solution will I have to get to the bathroom?  I  know its different for everyone, but I would just like some experiences.

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   Posted 9/21/2011 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Angylglori - whenever a generic product comes out it must have the same amounts of the same active ingredients to be considered equivalent to the brand name product. So it should work just as well. That being said, the instructions for Purg-Odan are slightly different from those in Pico-Salax (mainly in that they don't stress enough how important it is to drink fluids). I think you'll do just fine on the Purg-Odan, but please - fluids, fluids, fluids! The instructions for Pico-Salax can be found online, and I would follow those recommendations in terms of the amount of water you drink after each dose.
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