Colonoscopy Prep Solutions

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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for my annual colonoscopy next month. My G.I. informed me that I can no longer use Fleet Phospho Soda. This will be my 16th colonoscopy and I am so bummed, because I really had a good routine down with the Fleet. Although it tasted horrible, it was easy for me to digest (never threw up) and I never had any cramping or side effects with it.
He prescribed for me TriLyte and 2 Dulcolas tablets. I am really nervous about switching. This seems like a heck of a lot of fluid to consume in comparison to the Fleet.  Can anyone tell me if they have had any good or bad experience with this prep? Also, if anyone knows of a prep solution that is easier to tolerate, I would appreciate the info.
Thank you so much!

Serenity Now
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've only ever used the Citro-Mag stuff, so I can't tell you how it compares to others. I found the Citro-Mag pretty brutal.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 8/1/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I prefer the gallon prep that has NO flavouring added. The TriLyte is also a gallon prep. I can at least eat that morning/noon and have a "day" rather than using it to prep and starve or drink stuff I wouldn't even touch normally...I had one experience with Fleet...worse ever.
I've never had to use the Doculax tabs, however.

My GI's assistant suggested strongly that I do the Pico Salax...she used it herself and mentioned it was a breeze. I'm sticking with the gallon prep for my upcoming scope, but that might be a suggestion for you at least. Check it out and see if that could work for you....

*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~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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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/1/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I used the halflytly for my last prep. It is only 2 liters versus the gallon and it has several flavors to choose from. It was tolerable but I drank through a straw so I didn't have to taste it too much. I had no cramping with it and I was done with all BM's by 11pm that night.
UC since 2002-left-sided
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/2009
currently on Colazol, probiotics, fish oil
Dr. wants me to start Remicade but I am very scared.
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