- The prep is substantially worse than the process. The prep is not fun. I recommend starting it early the night before. I did the treatment and it took about 4 hours to kick in and then it was another 2 hours off and on the toilet. Since I didn't start the treatment till about 7pm, I was up to 1am before I felt comfortable going to bed. You definetly don't want to fart as it may be a wet one. In the morning, you need to do it again and there is more poops to do. It was a 30 hours process but the actual procedere was minimal and never felt it.
- —Guest Martel
Double-Check On Sedation
- Thanks so much for all the tips. The prep wasn't as bad as I'd thought. My favourite tips were; take a candle into the bathroom (this is very soothing), and I rigged up a lid to go over the Magnesium Citrate and used a straw, this really helped, I also used some brilliant cream from Waitrose called Vany Bottom Butter and this stopped the soreness. I also found that taking two gulps of the mag citrate every 15 minutes followed by a few sips of water, helped (I only needed to take 200ml/twice, as I started off with 9 sena tablets at noon). I stayed relaxed and cozy all day with a hot water bottle and listened to my iPod. All was good and I managed to sleep from 11.30pm getting up only once in the night. I had my colonoscopy today, and the results were OK. Just a bit of diverticulitis and my bowel was healthy otherwise. One thing though, I would advise everyone to try to find a consultant who definitely gives sedation during the procedure. Mine was meant to but it didn't work. So make sure!
- —Guest Jennifer
Having stomach room seems to help for me
- My last colonoscopy was midday, and my GI had me prep the night before *and* in the early morning. For some reason, splitting the prep made it easier. The break (and sleep) in between allowed my stomach to empty, and lowered the tendency to gag. For the same reason, I also like to stop drinking as the prep time nears. Also, I agree with many here that the Miralax and Gatorade prep is much better than the GoLightly prep (or even the half dose version -- HalfLytely). Never tried the pills though.
- —Guest Henry
For an easier Colonoscopy prep
- I had a prep of 4 Ducolax at 1p, 1/2 8oz Miralax with 32 oz Gatorade at 4p and then the other half of Miralax with another 32 oz Gatorade at 2a. Needless to say I have been up for 22 hrs straight. I did get a little bathroom break at 10p but couldn't go to sleep. Next time I will definitely eat a soft non-fiber diet a few days before the prep. Mashed potatoes and soup sound great and I know I would be able to get some sleep for sure.
- —Guest De
- You have to drink a gallon of this vile prep. I started drinking at 3pm and did not finish until 10pm. I drank about 90 percent. My bowel movements are clear yellow now. I cant believe it took me 7 hours to drink. Next time I am going to ask about an alternative since I have to get them every 5 years.
- —Guest Sandra
Prepping for My Second Colonoscopy
- I'm having my second colonoscopy in the morning and using the Miralax/Gatorade/Dulcolax prep again. Took two Dulcolax tablets at 3pm and started Miralax/Gatorade at 5pm, 8oz every 15 minutes. No problems at all and already running clear at 8:30pm.
- —Guest Dee Dee
Getting A Clear Colon
- Your doctor sholud either give you a prescription for a gallon bottle of some nasty stuff that lets your colon be clean enough to make chitlins or tell you EXACTLY what to take. Citrate of Magnesia is a good colon cleanser for the night before. Doucolax should be taken 2 days before. Clear liquids the day before. Do NOT take a fiber laxative. Doc wants your colon clean not full of fiber. I know this from years of working in the medical field.
- —Guest vODmmTLLOGMyd
- On my second prep as we speak. Best advice for anyone is doing a soup (not thick) and sandwiches (pbj) the week before. It gets old eating it but I saw results even before I started the miralax, so only after 4 doculex. If you have a quesy stomach prop your arms and upper body on a short stool because (yep, in the bathroom) you might be on the toilet for a while. Definitely go with the soft wipes. Desitin is a must, even if we are adults. It's worth it in the end. Start early and make sure to get lots of rest the day before. You might be up all night. Learned after my first one to do the soft and liquid diet the week of.
- —Guest 2nd Run at It
Uneventful - Miralax/Gatorade/Dulcolax
- I had a screening colonoscopy today and because this tip site was helpful to me, I'm making my contribution. Have to say that it was not at all an unbearable event from start to the finish of the colonoscopy. Instructions were for 2 tablets at noon followed by the Gatorade/Miralax either after the tablets had begun to act or 3 hours later, whichever came first. I began drinking the Gatorade at 2pm and finished at 3:20 (1 8oz glass every 10 min.) I mixed together regular gatorade and a low-cal so that it wouldn't be so sweet. The Miralax powder is tasteless so nothing intolerable there. Once I had finished the Gatorade, 2 more tablets. Voila - done with the prep. Nothing at all violent just a little stomach discomfort for a few hours - uncomfortable but not incapacitating. Went to bed at 12 and slept thru the night. Key to "pleasant" experience - eat LIGHT for 3 days prior to prep day!! Colonoscopy was a breeze and will do it again (in 10 yrs) because it may save my life!!
- —Guest Susan
Room temp prep....not "chilled" for me!
- I had my first colonoscopy last week. Had prep of the 4 liters of Golitely. I combined two of the flavor packets. Found that I couldn't handle it chilled, even though the directions say it makes it "taste" better. I first started drinking the prep straight from the refrigerator. I noticed that it hurt my stomach and started a brain freeze response. Pulled the container out of the refrig and left it at room temp until I finished drinking it...solved my problem! Made it much easier for me to tolerate. No cramping, no vomiting, or nausea during the prep, or after the colonoscopy. I found that wipes with Aloe helped make wiping less painful.
Colonoscopy Prep Made Easier
- I read all I could about it and decided to make it easier for myself. I went on a self-imposed diet 4 days before the procedure eating only mashed potatoes, one meal of chicken breast, one meal soft white fish, eggs for breakfast, white bread only and lots of fluids. The day before, I ate breakfast at 8am and then nothing else after and then swallowed the "drain cleaner" (Fleet) at 10am. Took 45 min for first action then went 5 times in the next hour. Had the 2nd bottle at 2pm and ran about 10 times till 9pm when it was all clear liquid and then no more. I could thus sleep without running. The soft diet for the week also made the whole purging process easier and quicker. The only negative is that I felt weak and tired, with a headache, but many people have that anyway. The main thing is do not eat anything that is red or purple or has colourants in it for at least 3 days before. I lost 4kg in the week which was a great start to the diet too! Good luck.
- —Guest William MacLean
First Time Around
- I was given Moviprep (2 liters - with other clear liquids of your choice). Only clear liquids on day of prep. Start at 5 pm. One liter day before test and one liter on morning of test. Not knowing what to expect, I didn't want to be up all night, nor did I want to be "busy" the morning of the exam, especially since I would be going across town. I started the prep early at 3 pm. One glass every 15 minutes for an hour. It took 90 minutes before anything started. Then was all done 2 hours after that. I also took part of the second liter the first day and only had to drink about 2/3 of it the next morning - starting at 4 am and done by 6:30 am, so there was plenty of time to get ready and travel with no interruptions. I think I would like to try the Miralax next time, just to compare.
- —Guest Annie
Halfway Through Prep
- I am on the MoviPrep for this, my first colonoscopy. Since I'm doing it as part of an IBS drug study, and they are paying for all of it (the prep and the procedure, plus the drugs if/when I qualify), I didn't feel like I could request a different prep. Getting down the first liter was pretty difficult. Half an hour after the last dose, it's still lingering in my stomach. Nasty taste (closing your nose helps, and so does using a straw, but it goes more slowly that way). Surprisingly, though, there's no cramping as with regular diarrhea, but I can't really move off the toilet. Guess I'll be here for a while (hence the online research I'm doing).
- —Guest Rebecca
Crystal Light Tea and Miralax
- I had a choice to either take the Miralax with Gatorade or Crystal Light (any flavor). I chosed the Tea but normally I drink the Lemonade. I thought I would be disguisting but actually it wasn't bad at all!
- —Guest Ms. Leigh
- I did the split dose Golytely with 4 Dulcolax tabs. I mixed the Golytely with 2 liters of lemonade and 2 liters of Sprite. It was actually not bad at all. Colonoscopy was excellent.
- —Guest mary