Re: Bowel Preps

From: Brenda (
Wed Jul 10 13:30:11 2002

I had to drink that gallon of solution. I chose cherry flavor. It tasted like cherry soda mixed with motor oil. It was disgusting. And drinking that much within a 1-2 hr period is crazy. I had the dry heaves a few times because I was so full I just didn't want to keep drinking. And when I was done, I had to drink juice because the taste was so terrible and left a film in my mouth. I definitely will NOT take that stuff ever again if I have to have another colonoscopy.

At Wed, 10 Jul 2002, Kathryn Dix wrote: >
>I am writing an article on bowel prep products; it is geared toward
>nurses, and is intended to be a neutral article on what is available in
>terms of bowel preps. I'd like to get feedback from patients on what
>products they used; if they experienced side effects and, if so, if
>these effects were acceptable or unbearable or somewhere in between; and
>if they would use the same bowel prep again or ask for an alternative.
>I'd appreciate any help you could all provide! The article should be
>featured in our September issue; for more details, please e-mail me at
>Kathryn Dix
>>At Wed, 21 Jul 1999, wrote:
>>>HI Chris ,How are you doing? I had posted a note to Ginny about having a
>>>colonoscopy performed and asked her about medications that would be
>>>used.She told me that instead of having to drink the gallon of that
>>>lovely stuff that fleet could be used instead.Is this the enema?. . .
>>Hi Peggy:
>>No, it is not the Fleets enema, it is the Fleets phospho-soda that you
>>can use as a prep for the colonoscopy instead of Golytely, which you
>>probably know by now since you have been to your GI appt. This post was
>>late in appearing on the forum. There are some tips that help to keep
>>it down. I have posted these before, either here or on the endo forum,
>>so if you are interested let me know and I will post them again. It
>>involves what you drink with the Fleets phosphosoda. I think the
>>package insert says water, but the tips say kool aid, I think. Of
>>course you can't drink anything red, did they tell you that? No red kool
>>aid, red jello, or punch anything like that. I guess because they can
>>make the lining look red when it really isn't. My procedure was at 4 pm
>>and I was allowed to drink liquids only up until noon, but do what your
>>doctor's office tells you to do. The GI office gave me these tips put
>>out by the manufacturer. Let me know if you want them. The phosphosoda
>>is pretty nasty stuff too, but nothing like Golytely, which is a whole
>>gallon jug.
>>The meds were given to me right before the procedure after they took me
>>into the procedure room. They were demerol and versed. The demerol is
>>a pain killer and versed makes you forget the procedure. I don't
>>remember one thing about it. I would prefer to remember so if there is
>>ever a next time I would like just the demerol.
>>You should tell them you had that type of reaction to the meds. I
>>wouldn't want to look forward to that again! I believe it is demerol
>>that makes some people very sick to their
>>stomach. I had no problems, it put me in la la land. I don't usually
>>have a problem with meds.
>>Good luck-the procedure isn't that bad, but the prep sure is, although
>>Fleets phosphosoda is a lot gentler laxative than mag citrate. I don't
>>know about Golytely, all I know is the size of it. YUCH. When I had my
>>second lap, because I didn't want to take Golytely, I had to have a TWO
>>day bowel prep. I had to drink the Fleets phosphosoda twice. I was
>>pretty wiped out by the time I got to the hospital.

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