I'm getting my first colonoscopy done next week. My gastro. doc. told me there was an alternative to drinking a gallon of prep. For some reason he asked me if I could handle drinking all of that and I said I don't know. My only thought on his asking me that was because I told him I was diagnosed with IBS 6 yrs. ago. and mabe he thought my GI tract couldn't handle it.
He told me there was an alternative called visicol. I have to take 4 pills with an 8oz. glass of any clear liquid every 15 min. until I've consumed 20 pills. A few hrs. later I repeat this consuming the remaining 8 pills until I've taken 28 pills all together.
Then an hr. after I take the last 8 pills I drink a 10oz. bottle of magnesium citrate (laxative) and that's the end of the prep. Everything else is the same prep except for not having to drink the golytely. Has anyone else done their prep this way?
The Citro-mag isn't all that great tasting either but better than a gallon of Golytly.
I tried one other way that the doctor was hesitant about but let try it. I fasted for three days on a clear liquids diet. The first two days I also took a multivitamin. Then on the fourth day, one day before the c'scopy, I drank an 8 oz glass of water every half hour for two hours and followed that by a bottle of Citro-mag and more water. It preped me fine but if you can't afford to lose 10 pounds (I sure can ) then it would not be for you.
As enticing as it sounds, I'm not sure I could go for 4 days without solid food. I just had a virtual colonoscopy done last week, and I used the Fleet for my prep. Trust me when I say it wasn't my favorite way to go but are any of them? What I wonder though - have they changed the method of prep in the last twenty years? Because I had to do this a couple of times back in 1980 (was diagnosed with IBS) and I don't remember having problems at all with the prep the night before, but I sure didn't feel all that great this time. Granted, I was twenty years younger but I have always poo-pooed people when they would complain about the prep, saying it was so much worse than the actual test, and I'd kind of roll my eyes because I never had a problem myself. So I was never concerned about it for a moment when I had to do it last week, just figured it would be a piece of cake like it was before. Well, let me tell you - I was still using the restroom the next morning just before we left to have the test done. When I mentioned it to the technician, she said maybe it was because I'm small and my body maybe didn't need as much as someone else's might. Well, I was the same size twenty years ago and didn't feel like this. Needless to say, even though I will continue to have my tests when I'm suppose to, I now understand why people complain about the prep so much.
I had my colonoscopy in February. The prep was Golytly. I hated it. By the time I finished my bm's were like water. My husband had a colonoscopy in Oct last year (dx with rectal cancer) and Feb this year (before surgery). Both the old fashion way. Pills and bottle of mag citrate. Believe me, his was the easier way to go.
Kaye, what pills did your husband take, visicol? I've seen it mentioned on here before but didn't know what they were. I may ask to use those next time instead of the Fleet, because that's not really very nice stuff, it went right through me. My husband thinks it may be because I wasn't eating much a few days beforehand because I was so worried something was wrong, and when I'm upset I don't eat. So there wasn't much food in me to begin with and that may be why I had such a hard time with it. I'm sorry about your husband...is he ok now? You said he had surgery in February so I hope he's feeling better by now. I did want to ask too - was he having any symptoms before he was diagnosed, or did they find it on a routine test?
I dont remember the name of the pill. It was with the fleet pack the doc gave him. So that must be it. My husband was having rectal bleeding. That is what got us to go to our family doctor who refered us to a specialist. My husband is fine. He had transanal excision surgery on the 25th of feb. Path came back with clean margins. Cancer free. He had good doctors, but we feel God and our faith in Him is what cured my husband.
Dont cancel your colonoscopy no matter what. It can save your life.
I had a colonoscopy last December and used the Visicol pills. I didn't take the Mag drink afterwards though. My directions called for taking 4 pills every 15 min. with any clear liquid (I drank 7-Up) but with the last dose take with Ginger Ale. That was at noon, then at 10pm, I took 2 more sets of 4 pills, so a total of 28 pills. I was cleaned out by 6 pm, so the second set didn't really do anything. The doc found a polyp that couldn't be removed then, so I had to have surgery in Feb to remove the right half of my colon. For the surgery, I had to go the GoLyte route, as I had to be cleaner for surgery. I didn't think it was so bad, tasted like salt and baking soda in water. One thing about the Visicol is the cost. The nurse just gave me the bottle of pills for the prep, but when I got the itemized bill, I think they were $84, so the GoLytely was much cheaper.
P.S. The surgery went well, although during the colonoscopy, no cancer cells were found, when he removed the section, there were some cancer cells in the base of the growth, but was still contained, so I didn't need further treatment. I consider myself very lucky, as I had no symptoms other than family history, so just had the colonoscopy as precaution, not expecting any problems.
Thanks everyone for all the input. Kaye, I'm glad to hear your husband is doing well. I'm not going to cancel my colonoscopy (been tempting though), but I won't I know I have to do this.
Cowboy, also glad to hear you had no cancer. What a relief to hear! I hope I hear those same words. I don't even want a polyp... the whole thing really scares me. I saw what my dad went through with colon cancer last year and I pray I never get that dreaded disease. He had stage 3 which spread to his lymphnodes and prostate but he is doing so well. He will be 76 next month.
L-Town, I forgot to ask, how old are you? I'm 52 and had never had a colonoscopy before. I suppose if I had had it done at 50, like the Cancer Society recommends, they could have gotten the polyp during the colonoscopy, but by 52, it had grown on the wall of the colon so he could only get about 90 % of it. The other 10% had some cancer cells in it, so I'm glad I had the surgery. I had doubts about having that drastic of surgery when they didn't find cancer before, but luckily did have it. My mother has had the test done every few years since she was in her 40's, as she has produced several polyps over the years, then had to have surgery about 18 months ago at age 87 to remove one they had missed at her previous colonoscopy. The doctor had told her he thought he saw two polyps going in, but could only find one coming out, and two years later, it had grown flat on the colon wall, but like mine, the cancer was still contained so they got it all during surgery, so she didn't need any further treatment either.
right thats the same prep i used for my colonoscpy that i had last summer couldn't handle the golyty prep its a much better prep now when you take the mag citrate the lemon line is best and out it on icve get a straw and driink fast its do much better and you shouldnt get sick from it my cousin is a nurse and thats the way they prep the senior adults at the hospital..... good luck incidently mine came out very very clean
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Cowboy, I'm 39...by b-day is next month. There was an article in our local paper yesterday under the Science & Medicine section. It stated that most colon cancer doens't show any symptoms until it's progressed and that if it is in your family, like mine, you should get tested at age 40. If there is no history at age 50. Both should be done whether or not their are symptoms.
I would be highly upset if there were 2 polyps and they only took out one. That could have turned into cancer for sure. Luckily your Mom was fine.
Cowboy, you said that you needed to be cleaned out more for your surgery....don't all preps clean you out pretty much the same way? Do I understand correctly that the pills therefore don't clean you out as well as something else might? That's a little disheartening to me because I was so sick with my prep last month - I used the Fleet one where you mix the little bottle of whatever in a glass of water at 4:00 and then another one at 7:00...and I was up all night (gosh, I don't remember what that stuff is, can anyone help me here?) Anyway, the pills seem to get the most votes for easiest way to go so I made a note to ask my doctor about those next time I have the test done but now I'm not sure if that's the way to go if it doesn't work as well as the others. Can I have some input on this? Because as much as I would not like to use the Fleet again because it made me so sick, I would if it does a better job than the pills and makes it easier to see anything they need to see.
Had my colonoscopy done yesterday. Everything is clear (what a relief!)
The prep was the worst part...if you want to call it that. Only thing I felt tired from going to the pot all the time...That can be exausting.
The visicol pill was a godsend for me. I could never drink that other stuff. I just made it drinking what I had to for the pill prep and that was good stuff like apple juice! You can drink 8oz. of whatever clear liquid you want. The only thing that didn't taste good was the mag. citrate but I chased each swallow with water. I had the lemon flavor and it was kinda salty.
I didn't get any complaint that I wasn't clean enough with the pill. I'm guessing the mag. citrate flushed out anything the pill didn't get. Everyone is different so those who can't tolerate the drink might want to ask for the pill considering that what cleans one out might not clean another as well.