Monday, April 8, 2013

advice for colonoscopy prep

The prep includes drinking eight glasses of water a day, as well as drinking 64 ounces of Gatorade mixed with Polyethylene Glycol 3350 powder. If you refrigerate the liquids, you'll increase the odds that you'll get the chills. Drink the water hot and the Gatorade at room temperature, and you'll be much more comfortable.

Why, yes, I do have a colonoscopy today. They've made changes in the prep since I had one six years ago. It's been much less uncomfortable so far.


  1. That's good to know. I have another few years to go before my next one, but remember well how nauseated I got from the stuff I had to drink. Couldn't I please just fast for a fortnight? It would be sooo much easier...

    1. I hear that.

      I tried the lemon-lime Gatorade G2, and to my amazement, actually like the taste, though I got tired of it by the time I was downing the last two glasses.

      In fifteen minutes, I have to do the final bit of prep, which is drinking a 10 oz bottle of magnesium citrate, which was described on G+ as "horrid in a bottle". We'll see if it lives up to that.

    2. "Horrid" is an overstatement, but I can't think of a lesser word to replace it with. My advice is to chill it, then drink it as quickly as you can while doing anything else that will help distract you.

    3. I'd go with "A bottle of GACK!" and yes, chugging is the only way. (if you think the prep is bad, wait'll you try the cancer!) -- I have a first degree relative (dad) who is a colon cancer surviver. Colon cancer is such an easy cancer to catch early and is very treatable -- if you catch it early enough, it can literally be nipped in the bud, and not require chemo. My dad, the WWII veteran Marine, just sucked it up and tolerated the pain until my mom brow beat him to going to the doctor. It was almost too late. But he had a good surgeon who got it all, and he didn't need chemo. That was 30 years ago.

  2. It has gotten better. My first one was about 10 years ago and I about threw up during the prep. Last one was recently and it wasn't nearly as bad. Still nasty though.

    The prep is far and away the worst part of the procedure.