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Old 05-04-2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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Colonoscopy Prep Question...need advice

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy on Tuesday.

I am trying to decide between 2 different preps, and was hoping to get some advice or opinions.

The 1st prep has me taking 4 Dulcolax tablets at 3pm. At 4pm and 8pm I take one bottle of Citrate of Magnesia. I must drink at least 2 quarts of clear liquid throughout the evening.

The 2nd prep has me taking Visicol Tablets. I start taking 3 tablets at 4pm with an 8 ounce glass of clear liquid...I continue taking 3 tablets with an 8 ounce glass of clear liquid, every 15 minutes, until I have taken a total of 28.

Is there any benefit in doing one prep over the other. Has anyone tried either/both???? Is either "easier" (I use the term loosely) than the other?

I appreciate any advice or any info...thanks!

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Old 05-07-2007, 05:32 AM   #2
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Re: Colonoscopy Prep Question...need advice

I had the same option. I decided on the liquid and Dulcolax. I was worried about fluid overload with the pills. I have other health issues,too. Be prepared and take some Dramamine for nausea. I got really sick 2 hours after I drank the liquid and started to vomit. Plus going the other end. It isn't real pleasant. The colonoscopy went great and I only had some gas pains after for a couple of days. That was the most uncomfortable part.

Old 05-07-2007, 11:16 AM   #3
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Re: Colonoscopy Prep Question...need advice

I don't have any experience with the first prep, but I did the second and got so nauseaus from having to drink that stuff every 15 minutes!! I wound up extending it out as I couldn't get it all down in the time it said.

Old 05-07-2007, 11:31 AM   #4
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I work for a GI and almost 99% of the patients prefers the magnesium citrate and dulcolax. And alot of patients I've talked to said the Visicol prep doesn't clean you out very well.

Old 05-07-2007, 10:28 PM   #5
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Re: Colonoscopy Prep Question...need advice

My doctor gave me this powder called, GoLightly and you add water to it to make 4 litres. Ahtough it tasted horrible I didn't thorwo up. The good thing about it was that it was electrolite balanced so after being on a liquid diet for 2 days, I used this stuff and didn't feel weak the next day.

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