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sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had two other preps before... one was the fleet stuff i think... and the other was the Trylite prep...

Tomorrow I start my Moviprep for the first time. It seems a little less intimidating than the gallon prep...

If you've taken this before please feel free to tell me your experiences with it... any tips or advice would be appreciated..


Does it taste like CRAP??? I was told I can't mix it with gatorade gr.


Also... how do you stop shaking????????? from not eating?
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 

Post Edited (sweetmelody) : 4/23/2009 1:13:39 PM (GMT-6)


Risan1808
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I used MoviPrep in February.  I didn't find it all that horrible.  I was told I could mix it with crystal light (no red or purples).  I didn't find that helped any.  It has a strong citrus taste anyway.  I just held my nose and downed it pretty much in one or two gulps every 15 mintues. 
 
I've heard others here suggest drinking it with a straw and I can see how that may help. 
 
Overall, it really wasn't horrible!
 
Good luck to you!
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 3 tabs 3X daily
Prednisone 15 mg - Tapering
Rowasa
Multivitamin


Red_34
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Drink it COLD, thru a straw, mix with something such as Gatorade, put ice cubes in it, plug your nose and go for it! lol I had to use this prep this month when I had my scope. It wasn't as bad as the other liquids preps. I didn't even had to do the second liter because the first one cleaned me out quite sufficiently.
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sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey.. since I can't eat today... I was wondering...is jello substantial enough to take my prednisone with????????
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
you're not supposed to take pred without food... so what do i do? I dunno if jello is good enough..
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallly hope that one liter clears me out... i just went to freaking mix up the solution... i put the packet B in the bottle... and accidently knocked the bottle on to the floor... and the dang contents fell in the floor... so i had to use my second packet B for the first liter! :(
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
can't stop shaking!!! ahhhhhhhhhh
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


geminisunset
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there, Kara. Prep is so horrible, but it'll all be over soon.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(


AMK77
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Ughh, I remember feeling like such CRAP the day of my colonoscopy from not eating and being completely cleaned out. I was sure I was going to pass out when they put the IV in me. Thank goodness I started feeling better once they started hydrating me prior to the procedure. When is your procedure? I hope it's over soon and you get good news. Keep us updated.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon


lovemyboys09
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also have been doing prep for my colonoscopy that is at 3:45 today. I had to do the Colyte (1 gallon jug) I got most of it down but started to throw it up so i think im going to be done. Im done and cleaned out anyway. I havent ate since 11 PM on tuesday so didnt' have a lot in my system anyways. ill update more after it later tonight. I hope it will go fast and well...last time the sedation meds ddn't work too well and i ended up being awake and remembering the whole thing...so i asked for a lil more meds :) anyways good luck sweetmelody! Im in the same boat you are in
Diagnosed w/crohns in October 07
Taken off meds January 08 because of pregnacy
Back to gastro Dr. January 09 (new dr.)
Diagnosed w/ UC instead; told should have never gotten off meds
taking Asacol and Canasa
Flaring still as of 04/09
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
just drank first 8 oz ... not as bad as the gallon honestly... waiting for it to kick in..

my colonoscopy is at 10:45 tomorrow

Thanks guys
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorta nervous....

i didn't have a bowel movement at all today.. and i've already drank 16 oz of this stuff and i still haven't gone... could i be that constipated or blocked????
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Just be sure to drink a lot of water! It will go smoother for you if you do.
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sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
omg i totally forgot i had to drink 16 oz of clear fluid after every 8 oz..... tryin to catch up now lols
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
ok i have 8 oz left of the first liter... and have had almost 46 liters of other liquid....... why is this not going through me... i still havent had ONE bm today? i'm freaking out.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


aned
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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Kara

I hope it starts to work for you....sometimes it takes awhile for everything to kick in. Good luck getting through the prep and with your test tomorrow.
37 y/o female
non-specific colitis dx. 2007
ulcerative colits dx. 2009
diverticular disease dx. 2009
Asacol-failed
Entocort-failed
Colazal-current, but not working yet


Joylu
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine took foever to start working. Just when you think it's not going to work...look out.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
its been two and a half hours since i started and i've drunk the first liter and im just freakin out... there's like NOTHIN happening... and my stomach is so bloated... i dont understand... and i feel pain like i have to...then i sit and NOTHING.

What if there's a blockage or something? Shouldn't this stuff break anything I was constipated with down?
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Joylu
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It took me much longer than 2-1/2 hours. I started at 3pm and didn't start to go until after 7pm, and then not that much until after 8pm
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to say that finally after my first 8 oz of my second liter i started goin... and am now running clear!

I think I'll NEVER go back to the gallon prep again lols
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your scope today Kara! :)
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geminisunset
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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck today Kara! You survived the prep, now it's the easy part. :)
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay... so.. It showed I was in remission...go figure. So then why am I having so much trouble...? We're chalking it up to freaking IBS. I don't know whether to cry or to be happy. He's tapering me off pred, but I know it's going to make things worse....

he gave me anti-spasmodic meds to try tho so...who knows.

I really hate my GI though and when I suggested anti-spasmodic meds he asked me why I brought those up and my husband goes "she reads a lot online" and the doc actually freaking rolled his eyes! This guy thinks I'm stupid! Blah.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/25/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
     LOL...Kara...sounds like you are in deep need of anti-anxiety drugs.....here, take a xanax.  You crack me up.
     My GI doctor was pushing Remicade for a LOOOOONG time on me.  I read a lot about it online and decided it certainly is NOT for me.  He asked why and I told him I did my research online..he rolled his eyes too.  Bet these docs HATE healingwell.com
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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