Patient Comments: Colonoscopy - Preparation

What steps did you take in preparation for your colonoscopy?

Comment from: Bret, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

I turned 50 and got a colonoscopy. I stuck to a clear diet for two days prior. I also drank 4 liters of GaviLyte-C without lemon as a prep. No problems at all. I spent three hours on the toilet watching a DVD. The procedure was easy. The doctor said he was giving me something to prevent the knock-out juice from burning my arm. He neglected to tell me it was an extra $390 on top of the $390 for the main stuff. Insurance paid only $498. I had one lesion removed (benign). The total cost was $1,025, and my health insurance paid all of that. Now after my $40 copay, I owe $242.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: tomahawk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had my second colonoscopy yesterday. With the first one, I drank the prep, which was horrible, causing nausea, bloating, and cramping. This time around, I took the pills and I will never take the liquid prep again. It was a breeze. No cramping, bloating, nausea – nothing. The only problem with the pills is that they are expensive, but for the ease and convenience, I will pay it. I was knocked out for the procedure and felt nothing. One minute I was in the prep room being wheeled into the surgery room and the next, I was in recovery. No memory at all. I did have some bloating yesterday and also today, but it's not bad. All in all, my experience was tolerable mostly due to the pills. Before this procedure, I was diagnosed with Crohn's through a CT scan, but the doctor found no evidence of Crohn's after the colonoscopy. He did find two polyps which were removed. Thank goodness. Don't delay.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I just went for my second colonoscopy last week. I had one 5 years ago. The preparation is definitely worse than the test. The preparation is not that awful except for the fact that you cannot eat solid foods all day the day before the test and you can only drink fluids, Jell-O (not red) and then between 3 pm and 5 pm you have to drink 64 oz. of Gatorade with 238 grams of MiraLax dissolved in it. You live in the bathroom for a while then it slows down. The test is nothing. I had two great test experiences, sedated for both of them. When I woke up I didn't remember anything. It is worth it all in the prevention of colon cancer.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: caligal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I did the liquid diet for the colonoscopy preparation. I followed every instruction, until I didn't realize I could not drink anything red. I made a mistake and drank red gatorade, this is my first time. I still have to drink 10 oz of magnesium citrate (laxative) in the early morning. Also, I've been drinking a lot of water. I hope the procedure goes okay, I would just cry if I have to do this again.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: farmgirl76, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I was given Gavilite (gallon size bottle) with a lemon packet for my colonoscopy. Skipped the packet and mixed the powder with all Gatorade Tropical Blend. No problem taking the liquid at all. It was a lot of liquid, and then 4 dulcolax tablets after the liquid. However, had a liquid diet the day I started the prep, as well as a light diet the prior day. Things went very smoothly. Prep liquid had no bad or bitter or after taste. But I think the Tropical Blend was the answer. This was the easiest prep I have had (I have done this twice before) as far as flavor goes. I did make certain it was good and cold. At first I put it into a glass with ice cubes. That took too long to drink. Since it was really cold, I could just drink it down. And, once again, the flavor made the difference. It's never pleasant having to drink that much liquid, especially when you are not one to drink a lot of liquid anyway, but it was certainly more palatable than anything else I have had recently. Try it. You just might like it. Oh, and the way I settled on the flavor by buying three different flavors of Gatorade, taking them home, and trying each flavor. When I decided on one, I bought 4 qt. size bottles and mixed it in the bottle with the powder and put it on the top shelf of the refrigerator. Must say that there was very little change in the flavor with the mixture than when the Gatorade was straight out of the bottle.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: worried for nothing, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had my colonoscopy yesterday. I was put under before the procedure and woke up to have it all finished. I was never told about mixing the horrible solution with any flavors. I started drinking mine at 5 a.m. Turns out I was all worked up for nothing. Worst part was drinking the solution and getting stuck with the IV. Definitely get put to sleep!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: corteel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I used Suprep before my colonoscopy. It was difficult getting the first 16 oz. down and then the next 32 oz of water, but I managed it. However, the second dose required to take in the early morning before the procedure gave me a problem. I drank the first 16 oz with the Suprep mixture and started drinking the water and mostly everything came back up. However, my colon was cleaned out so the procedure was done. Next time, I'll go with the pills.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Colonoscopy - Describe Your Experience Question: Please describe your experience with a Colonoscopy.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors