Colonoscopy - Different Clean Out

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JewelsOK
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   Posted 6/16/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, I knew it was coming - it's been 7 years since son's one and only colonoscopy - the doctor wants to do it next Wed. I haven't told son yet. He is still in bed, but has already been up twice to use the restroom - not a good sign. He's been flaring for a couple of weeks.

I only got to talk to the nurse, but doctor didn't say anything about adding any other meds at this time.

The clean out will be the Miralax/gatorade/ducolax - How is this one? Nurse said it is pretty gentle and not as much risk of dehydration?

Son has done the GoLytly in the past and daughter did the two day clear diet/mag citrate.

Son is NOT going to be a happy camper when he hears this, although I know we are long over due and I am kind of curious after all these years what is going on in there. Son's original dx was IC based in part because the prometheus test was negative for both Crohn's & UC, although the biopsies pointed to UC.

Thankfully, for the first time the scope will be here in town - 3 miles or so from our house. That will make things a bit easier.

I am not looking forward to telling son this news....

So how have you all found this clean out regime to be?
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Lailda 2 per day, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


Liza D
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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I always had to drink the nasty solution or they would give me multiple horrible enemas! I think this sounds less invasive. It is basically a clear liquid diet and laxatives. I would take that any day over the other prep.

Also, make sure he doesn't drink red gatorade- they always told me it could mess up the view inside.

Good luck!
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
Depression/Anxiety (2002)
J-Pouch May 2009

Meds just stopped working so I took the problem out! No more colon and all kinds of excitement!


JingleBell
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I did the Miralax and Gatorade for my last clean out two years ago. It is really gentle but stills has a bad taste. Good luck.
 


buckeyeinchicago
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have done it I think three times. Overall, it's probably the best clean out but it still sucks. THere is so much to drink and it takes a long time to kick in. I hate the taste of gatorade, if I didn't it might be better.
Diagnosed when 13 and am now 25, female. Currently taking 100mg of 6mp, started at 60 mg of prednisone was down to 15 from slow taper and now back up to 20, and 12 pills of asacol a day. I was on cortifoam 2 times a day and am now going to start Canasa instead. I take Carafate 4 times a day for cramping and to firm up the "stuff."

Previously I've tried all types of rectal meds but nothing ever helped. In the past I've tried rowasa, enemas, pentasa, colazal, sulfasalizine. I was in a four year remission until the end of January.


Dr-A
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Just pick a flavor he will never want to drink again, lol. I still can't stand the smell of the lemon lime gatorade for that reason.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I got really sick and ended up throwing up while I was on the toilet cramping. I wouldn't do it again if I had an option.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


AMK77
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I've only had one colonoscopy and I took Miralax/gatorade/ducolax. Wasn't too bad. I just can't ever drink orange Gatorade again.
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
UC since 2000 - in remission for most of those 8 years med free.
Cannot tolerate mesalamine. Trying Applied Kinesiology & supplements.


AmyWaffle
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a colonoscopy last week and was prescribed the 2 liters of MoviPrep. It was pretty similar to the GoLytly (read: gag). So I would be very enthusiastic about anything involving gatorade!!
Being a mom of two little ones, I am all about bribery. Maybe he could have something to look forward to when he's done with the scope? Buy him something he's been wanting? I bet his 'toys' are more expensive than my 3 yo's, however! lol
good luck!
amy
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.
My life is one big flare.


princesa
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got a scope next Monday and opted for the pill prep. In the past, I've always done the phospho soda.

http://www.tabletprep.com/


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


pam222
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
when i had my sigmoidoscopy, i threw up all of the clean out stuff. I was worried he would not have me come in, but the doctor said it was fine. I didn't get any enemas or anything. However, I really didn't have anything in me, since at that time I was pretty much unable to eat at all anyway
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
30 mg Prednisone AM, 30 mg PM
Started Remicade 6/11/09
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success


fitmom00
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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't remember what it was called, but they were 2 small bottles of clear fluid. I mixed it with Sprite and it really wasn't that bad. The nurse recommended the Sprite.
Renee
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Was in remission for almost one year (using only Lialda 4xday)
Rowasa and Canasa did not work.
Current status: In Flare since May 2009

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet
Starting Colal-Pred trial May 18, 2009, ended when hospitalized two weeks later.
Currently taking Flagyl, 60mg Prednisone (start tapering soon) and doc wants to discuss MP6.


ickypoo
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   Posted 6/16/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Of the various clean out procedures I have taken over the years, the gatorade one was the easiest. To make it even more pleasant, I cut the miralax down by about 1/2 - 3/4 of what was listed. Still did the job.

The only thing I really dislike about gatorade is all the sugar - I'm not used to that anymore. I felt like Bart Simpson when he OD'd on squishy's. Next time I will find a sugar-free alternative.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalizine (2 g), Rowasa (now and then), Folic Acid (1 mg)
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.


pam222
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   Posted 6/16/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I mixed the MIralax with Crystal Light (sugar free), as this was what the doctor suggested. I actually did not notice a taste to the Miralax at all
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 by flex. sig. as I was pregnant at the time and did not want to be put under for a colonoscopy
Breastfeeding my baby boy (born 4/8/09)
30 mg Prednisone AM, 30 mg PM
Started Remicade 6/11/09
Was on Asacol (2400mg or 3600mg a day) for 6 months with no success


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/16/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if you need to use the dulcolax? I think the miralax was enough for me and the dulcolax made me throw up. Can't be 100% sure about that.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


seconder
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   Posted 6/16/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I have always found the gallon preps the easiest to handle.

Have you considered asking your son his preference and whether this is something he wants to do?


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Miralax/Gatorade is considered to be "mild" as c-scope preps go & less likely to cause dehydration. Halflytely might be an alternative as it requires drinking much less liquid than other such preps + no. of accompanying pills has been cut, too. The gastro should likely involve your son in discussion of prep to get his compliance + take some of that burden off your shoulders. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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