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06-23-2013, 10:22 AM   #31
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After reading this thread and doing a bit of googling, I've decided to try this Prepopik stuff for my upcoming scope. I'll be prepping in one week so I'll post in here how it goes! My GI's office hadn't heard of it, but he agreed to let me try it anyway, so I'll be a bit of a guinea pig. Oh, and if anyone is wondering, I believe Prepopik is called Pico Salax in Canada, and Picolax in the UK. Not sure why it has different names in different countries.

I suppose I should add why I want to try Prepopik - I've done the Gatorade & Miralax prep twice in the past, and both times I got too dehydrated and needed IV fluids. It was pretty miserable and I didn't want to repeat that situation. I also didn't want to go for something nasty like Golytely as I've heard it's just foul. Prepopik sounds like it's easy to get down, you don't have to drink much of it (you do have to drink other clear liquids to stay hydrated), and it hopefully won't dehydrate me to the extent that the Miralax did.
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Whatever prep you use, please remember that you need to drink lots of clear fluids throughout your prep day. Try to choose your favorite fluids that don't have red, orange, or purple dye in them. During my prep day, I ordered a large green Juicy Pear water ice from Rita's Water Ice (my favorite flavor) and I also bought two big containers of chicken broth from my local Chinese Take Out place. I also drank White Cranberry Juice (no dyes and tastes great) and had hot tea with no milk in it. I also stayed home and rested. My prep was in two parts and I had taken Dulcolax pills the night before, so I wanted to be near my bathroom.
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kh216, yes, absolutely. The Prepopik instructions say that I need to drink at least 64 ounces of clear fluids along with the 2 cups of prep itself, and I'll drink probably a lot more than that as I really don't want to get dehydrated this time around. I have bought myself 4 big bottles of gatorade, 2 bottles of pedialyte, some crystal lite lemonade, 4 kinds of jell-o (they make mango flavor now! I also got peach, pineapple, and apricot), and I'll be making homemade chicken broth in my crock pot on prep day as well. I will have more than enough clear fluids to drink along with my prep, so no worries there. My instructions from my doctor say no red, purple, or blue, so I of course avoided buying anything in those colors. I've taken 3 days off of work next week (one day for prep, one for the scope itself, and one day to recover afterwards) and I'm going to pamper myself and relax as much as I possibly can. Scented candles, relaxing music, fuzzy slippers, my electric blanket (I tend to get chills during prep), lovely bubble bath, etc. This weekend I'm going to clean my bathroom and get out everything I need and set up my music playlist, etc. Going to do everything I can so that hopefully prep will go as smoothly and nicely as possible.
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...4 kinds of jell-o (they make mango flavor now! I also got peach, pineapple, and apricot)...
Kind of related, but still kind of on-topic… Kool-Aid now comes in Peach Mango and Cherry Limeade flavors. I thought about that when I saw your mango Jell-O excitement. They're both really good, too!
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Lollipops to suck in between drinks!
Have to 7up or sprite to take the taste of the prep away.
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Bear, I didn't even think about koolaid, I haven't had it in years, but those flavors do sound good! Is the cherry limeade one red or green? (I'm presuming green as you mentioned it in the prep thread, but just making sure - I'm also presuming the mango peach is an orangeish color?) Green is okay and orange is too for me, I was just told no red, blue, or purple. I know I had peach jello last time and that was okay.

And honestly, I'm a bit relieved that purple is on the no-no list. My favorite flavor of gatorade is called "rain berry" (I always forget though and call it Purple Rain, ha ha). It's light purple in color and it tastes really good, but I don't want to associate it with prep because then I might not like it, so I purposely avoid it on prep day. For this prep, I bought some sort of "frost" flavor (I think it supposedly tastes like cherry but it's white in color) and also lemonade flavor gatorade. Apparently the lemonade flavor is different from the usual lemon or lemon-lime, so it'll be interesting to see if it actually tastes anything like real lemonade or not (I'm guessing not). Anyway, that's my plan. I have a pile of bottles of clear liquids and jello boxes on my kitchen counter, ready to go. T minus 6 days and counting to prep day!
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It's red! I was mentioning the peach mango and decided to throw that one out there too. The peach mango is a yellowish orange, so it should be fine for a prep!

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08-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #39
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they make invisible "clear" koolaid in lemonade and cherry versions
plus grape

http://www.amazon.com/Kool-Aid-Invis.../dp/B001EQ4S6G
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Has anyone done the golytly (?sp) prep? If so, any advise? I am nervous I won't be able to keep it down as I heard this is the worst tasting, I am very impacted and this is just to try and get things moving after last week when I did 8 fleet enemas and mag citrate and I had minimal results. I am in so much discomfort and so scared....

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It's prep day for me - I just drank my first cup of Prepopik about 30 mins ago. Haven't had the liquid poos yet, but I'm SO nauseous. So far this is not something I would recommend!

Edited to add: The initial nausea lasted about 20 minutes, then ebbed as soon as I had my first bathroom trip. I was really dizzy for a short time as well, but that also seems to have eased up. Not a bad prep once you get past the nausea & dizziness.

Edit #2: I drank the second cup a short time ago. No nausea this time around fortunately, but I am dizzy again. I'm going mostly clear and feel okay. Not dehydrated or anything, not hungry either. Now that I know what to expect, I think I would do this prep again. Dizziness I can deal with, and now that I know to expect nausea I can take Zofran pre-emptively. This is better in my opinion than Gatorade & Miralax, which made me horribly dehydrated.

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08-30-2013, 01:18 PM   #42
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Now that it's over with, I can give a full synopsis of how Prepopik went. I already mentioned the dizziness & nausea - I wasn't expecting side effects, but I definitely got them. The dizziness stuck around for the remainder of the evening, although it lessened a lot. The nausea was awful for about 20 minutes, then gradually went away. I did take a couple Zofrans for the nausea, so I'm sure that helped the nausea go away.

The taste of Prepopik wasn't bad, it was fizzy like soda and tasted vaguely orangey. However, the instructions on the box state to mix the water and the Prepopik packet for "2 to 3 minutes". No, definitely do not wait that long! Use very cold water, mix quickly and drink right away. For my first cup, I obeyed the instructions and mixed for awhile. But it seems that the longer you mix, the warmer it gets - some sort of weird chemical reaction. It did not taste good warm, it was disgusting! For the second cup, I mixed quickly and drank fast, and it was still cool and much more palatable.

I don't think it was very strong though. I went to the bathroom maybe 5 or 6 times after the first cup, then I seemed to stop going. I took 2 Dulcolax tablets just to get things moving again, as you have to wait 6 hours between the two cups of Prepopik. After the 2nd cup, I only went about 3 more times, then seemed to stop again. I panicked and took 4 more Dulcolax. That didn't seem to have enough of an impact, so I took 4 more. That waas probably reckless, to take 10 total Dulcolax in one day, but I felt like I needed to do what I had to do to be cleaned out properly for my scope. The Dulcolax got me going, but I wasn't yet going clear!

If I did this prep again, I'd eat very lightly the day before prep, and I'd take Dulcolax beforehand. Taking the Dulcolax so late in the evening meant I was up all night going to the bathroom, and I was still going when I checked myself into the GI clinic. And I still wasn't going clear! I had lots of dark "flecks" of poo coming out of me. It turned out that was okay, flecks are not problematic (solids are a problem but flecks are okay, is what I was told). So I was able to have my scope, but I was definitely worried that I wasn't clear enough.

All in all, it was an easy prep to get down, but too gentle. I'm not sure if I would do this prep again, since I needed to take a lot of Dulcolax with it to keep things moving. I would only recommend this to others if they understood that they may get side effects and they may not get cleaned out properly and might have to take other laxatives with it.
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Tomorrow get instructions for pre for 10th I used 'Picax' what Cat just use. I have being told that because I suffer with constipation that it would not be advise to eat at all not even lighter. I have mocivol
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My first colonoscopy/ Upper Endoscopy is scheduled for tomorrow AM. So that means today is my prep day woohoo ha! I'm (luckily) doing the miralx/gatorade prep along with 3 dulcolax tablets 3 hours prior. Any additional tips would be great because I am new to this!
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My first colonoscopy/ Upper Endoscopy is scheduled for tomorrow AM. So that means today is my prep day woohoo ha! I'm (luckily) doing the miralx/gatorade prep along with 3 dulcolax tablets 3 hours prior. Any additional tips would be great because I am new to this!
So far, all of our tips have been combined into the first post of this thread. Let us know how the scopes go! The miralax / dulcolax prep is the one I always request, as it's fairly easy on my stomach and doesn't have an unpleasant taste. I hope you have good luck with it, too!
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Hi everyone! I just got done with my scopes. Everything went great and ate a big lunch! Haha! Colon looks good and is not thinking crohns. My esophagus looks like I may have Barrett's syndrome and got some biopsies. So far he is thinking that and ibs. Will know more in about a week. Thank you all again!
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I have had several colonoscopies and here is what works for me.

I prefer the Miralax/Gatorade prep. I skip the stool softeners (really? with chronic diarrhea I need stool softeners?).

I eat a low residue breakfast the day before my scope. (Learned this at Virginia Mason in Seattle, the #2 ranked Gastroenterology center in the US) I have always been "pristine" according to docs. There are studies out that show no difference in prep when eating a light lunch as well. Haven't tested it though.

Drink clear liquids throughout the day.

I mix half of the Miralax in one 32 jug of Gatorade. Start drinking it around 6 pm. Spend some time in the bathroom catching up on some reading. Once I start pooping water I'm done. I rarely get through 32 ounces but continue on clear liquids up until midnight or a little later if I feel dehydrated.

Get a good night's sleep. Scope in early morning.

I think the medical community is overly cautious about drinking before surgery and cutting off solid foods prior to bowel prep.

I once had meniscus surgery and was told nothing by mouth after midnight. My surgery took place the next day at 4 p.m. That's a whopping 16 hours without water and I developed a splitting dehydration headache (I live in Hawaii where I struggle to stay hydrated with Crohns and warm temps.) I asked the anesthesiologist how long I should go without liquids prior to surgery and he said 4 hours. No solids after midnight and clear liquids up to four hours prior to surgery.

The docs at Virginia Mason also told me they are not fans of getting up in the middle of the night to continue prep as they would rather have their patients well rested for scopes or intestinal surgery.

Now here is the shady part. I always tell the docs I followed the prep they prescribed (I HATE lying, but this one I gotta go with) and ask them afterwards how was my prep. I am always told it was perfect.
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Every time I prep they give me go lightly. I get so viloetly sick. I've asked for another option and they still give it to me. I can't stand lemonade now. Would the frost help?
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Hate that stuff too. I gag, am horrifically nauseous, and finally vomit. Won't do it again.
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Hate that stuff too. I gag, am horrifically nauseous, and finally vomit. Won't do it again.
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I usually only drink one to two glasses and poor the rest out
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So I have a scope in the morning and I am doing the Moviprep, normally I barf most of it up but tonight it went well, and I am suppose to do a whole other dose in the morning. I did liquids for a day before so my output is clear now...is it terrible if I just skip the morning dose- I think its a small miracle I didn't get ill tonight and I don't wanna push my luck if I'm clean
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It's your call- I did two doses of Klean Prep before bed last time, and took half the last dose in the morning. I was running fairly clear but when I had the last dose a whole load more dark brown came out. Glad I did that. I had been eating solids though.

I only took half because I couldn't take another sip lol.
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Just did another colonoscopy today. Picolax prep instead of Klean Prep which gave me hell last time. Picolax was much more mild and worked just as well. 0.5l instead of 3l to drink! I did with the second and final dose wash it down with several cups of water to flush everything through, because I was worried it wouldn't work, was that mild.

I soon abandoned wiping, even with wet wipes, because it was so painful. When I was done each time, I just jumped into the bath and used the shower head or a jug of cold water to rinse myself off. So soothing, cooled everything down, cleaned it and best of all nothing came into contact with the skin! I would gently pat dry then put my underwear on again, in case of accidents, but i soon skipped that part and simply wrapped myself in a big towel after rinsing. It was much gentler on the skin and not so painful when I needed to go again.

I would highly recommend this approach if the pain gets too bad! And all you need to do the next day is throw some disinfectant/ anti bacterial cleaner in the bathing area.
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I'm getting ready for my annual scope on Friday, my tip of the day is of you are doing the Mira Lax prep, the night before prep day take the 64 oz bottle and remove about 10-12 ounces, then added the powder to the bottle. This allows enough room for the powder and you want it to dissolve all the way. Shake well and let sit in fridge overnight to get nice and cool.

I don't always get all the liquid down, but as long as I'm running clear I am good.
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I've had 18 colonoscopies now and done the range of preps - some more miserable than others. Oral "Fleet" used to be prescribed in the early 2000s - drink one and enema the other until electrolyte imbalances started occurring. Then came Colyte - the 4 litre jug with powder in it you mix with water - OMG! I don't know anyone who can drink 4L of any beverage they like much less a horrible "fruit punch" flavoured one!! Finally, I was prescribed Pico Salax paired with Dulcolax. The Pico Salax comes in orange or cranberry flavours. I always opt for the orange as it pairs best with FLAT Fresca pop. Then, it's bottoms up and the cocktail is down without a horrible taste. That's my secret - orange Pico Salax (chilled 48 hrs prior with the lid off for maximum chugging potential). Then, let the poopin' begin - wish me luck! Number 19 is in 3 days.
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Do your doctor's give any instructions about general medications or supplements you need to stop prior to the colonoscopy? I have heard no iron, no aspirin, no fiber supplements.

I haven't gotten my instructions yet so still have to find out about my meds. My last colonoscopy was prior to being put on meds.
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I know that blood thinners such as Warfarin need to be stopped prior to the colonoscopy, however, Meds many of us take (Remicade, Aza etc) are all fine. One thing to note if you are a colonoscopy virgin - the prep can take as long as 6 hrs to start working for some people and for others starts right away. Good luck!

QUOTE=teeny5;870473]Do your doctor's give any instructions about general medications or supplements you need to stop prior to the colonoscopy? I have heard no iron, no aspirin, no fiber supplements.

I haven't gotten my instructions yet so still have to find out about my meds. My last colonoscopy was prior to being put on meds.[/QUOTE]
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Eeeek, let the prep begin......... One litre of colonlytely tonight (salty goodness!!) followed by two sachets of picoprep in the morning. Hoping I can keep it all going in the right direction!!!!!! Fingers crossed I can get some answers and a diagnosis tomorrow.
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Quite relieved (pun intended!!) the prep hasn't been nearly as bad as I had been anticipating. Downing the stuff was the worst part but I got a bit of a system going with block nose-inhale- swallow-exhale repeat then rinse with clear Gatorade. That was from the colonlytely. Nothing really hides the acidity of the pico prep, but the smaller amount is a bit easier,and downing some maxalon helped with the nausea.
I was waiting for the pain and explosion but it was ok, I think being on a light diet of chicken broth and jelly for the 3 days prior helped.
I really feel for those of you who have had to go through this and are going to have to go through this repeatedly, I know some have had over 10!!
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