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Has anyone used the new SUPREP kit before a colonoscopy?

Would like any comments about taste, ease or side effects.

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Fateefa Says:
 
I took suprep this past thursday 4/9/2015 . It tasted horrible very bitter. they allowed me to mix it w/half water and half juice. even that didn't help. It took 2 & 1/2 jhours to start working. took at 7pm started at 9:30 pm. I was going till 12:30 am. Got a light 1 hr nap before I had to take the second dose at 1am. It finally stopped at 5:30 am. Was able to get the colonoscopy . the following day the cramps and diarrhea started again. Not sure when it will stop. I not only would never ever use this product again I am filing an adverse reaction report w/ the FDA. When I told the Dr about it he said oh you didn't need to use suprep you could have used golyghtly like you did before. I wish his nurse had indicated I had options. I had no problems before. I would not recommend this product to anyone. If you've takes it and had no problems go ahead but if you've never taken it consider yourself warned.

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Lynkidd Says:
 
Sounds completely ridiculous however I think it could be mind over matter because just the thought of it makes me shudder..it is that vile.

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JKCR Says:
 
I think your friend should see a doctor. Could be a psychological problem.

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
Part of the theory behind Suprep might be to cut down on total gag time. For the sake of argument, let's make the assumption that you will gag equally as bad on Suprep as on Miralax. Suprep requires a total of 32 oz. to be drank. Miralax requires 1 gallon, or 128 oz to be drank. 128/32 = 4. Therefore, Suprep, as bad as it might be, reduces total gag time by a factor of 4. Of course, this analysis is based on simple assumptions. One might gag more on Suprep than Miralax. If this is factored in, then the formula would have to adjust for this. Let's make the assumption that you gag twice as bad on Suprep than on Miralax. if so, the formula would have to be adjusted as follows: (0.5) X (128/32) = 2. We could call the "2" the tolerance factor, i.e., to what degree Suprep is more tolerant to you than Miralax. In this case, Suprep is twice as tolerant as Miralax. But everyone is different. Using the aforementioned formula, it is theoretically possible that Miralax could be equally or more tolerant to someone than Suprep. For the formula to be valid, the individual would have to try both Suprep and Miralax. But even if you didn't try Miralax, the lower quantity of Suprep has to work in your favor to some degree. So when taking Suprep, as bad as it may taste to you, the alternatives could be worse when everything is factored in. In subjective terms, what it comes down to in the end is which is the lesser of the evils.

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Alpha Says:
 
got a quick question I know someone that took SUPREP Bowel Prep Kit and its been over a month or so since their colonoscopy and this person can still taste the prep kit, is this Normal or should the person contact a doctor? The person can taste it in anything the eat and or drink.

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Lynkidd Says:
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It works great just so disgusting to drink. Even worse tasting than the go litely. And when you drink 16 ozs if suprep plus two bottles of water that is still a lot of drinking. Hated it

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
I began to lose faith in the credibility of the medical profession in regards to colonoscopies when Fleet Phospho Soda was pulled from the market. Thousands of people (including myself and my wife) used this highly tolerable laxative without any problems whatsoever. Only a very small number of people experienced renal failure and these high risk people could have been left out from using it had any reasonable attempt be made to do it. Other people are incapable of following directions to stay hydrated regardless of what they use. When my primary care physician told me that Fleet Phospho Soda was no longer available, I believed she sensed that I was very close to pulling the plug on doing any colonoscopy at all. It seemed that she very quickly wanted to get off the subject and go right into talking about the other preparations not being that bad at all. But when you're told that drinking a gallon of mixture is no problem when previously all you had to do was drink a few teaspoons of a highly tolerable off-the-shelf laxative, you begin to see that something is very wrong with this picture. I suspect that other patients she had may have refused to do any colonoscopy at all based on this. Two unanswered questions here: (1) If the use of Fleet Phospho Soda was deemed so bad after thousands of people had used it for years, how could anyone trust using any of the other preparations either? (2) Why wasn't some attempt made by the medical profession to leave out high risk people from using it and at least let other people who had used it previously with no problem continue to use it? Fortunately, I learned about Suprep and it worked well for me. My wife had no problem drinking a gallon of Miralax, but I don't know if I could have tolerated it or not because I hadn't tried it. Conversely, I don't know if she could have tolerated the Suprep because she hadn't tried it. In any case, colonoscopy preparation regressed when a highly tolerable laxative was pulled from the market and less tolerable ones were all that remained. As time goes forward, medical procedures are supposed to get better, not worse. But this is exactly what happened in colonoscopy preparation. I do believe that the medical profession is well aware that they have gone backwards in time in regards to tolerable colonoscopy preparation and is probably doing it's best to develop a preparation at least as tolerable as the Fleet Phospho Soda. But there is no question that a fiasco occurred here.

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JKCR Says:
 
Thanks for all the info Gemeniguy! First time I used Suprep so have nothing to compare it to. Things went well but tastes horrid.

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
Sorry for shotgunning all these posts out but I keep remembering bits and pieces that might be helpful. I specifically asked my gastroenterology nurse when the Suprep would kick in. She said it's impossible to predict because everyone's digestive system is unique. Based on that, don't expect your experience to be the same as others. It could be radically different. Ten years ago when I did the Fleet Phospho Soda I believe my last dose was around 7:30 PM. At midnight I began to panic because nothing had happened by then. I went to sleep expecting the colonoscopy to be cancelled. But I woke up at 2:00 AM and it began to kick in big time. By 6:30 AM it was all over. Colonoscopy worked well at 1:00 PM. With the Suprep, it was entirely different. Kicked in less than an hour each time. Another thing the nurse told me is do not deviate from the times they tell you to take the two doses. They are specifically set to those times for a reason. You help yourself by following your instructions without deviation. But you can improve the odds of your overall success by going beyond the call of duty, so-to-speak. Even though I could eat solids up to 7:00 AM the day before the colonoscopy, I went entirely liquid after the previous evening meal at 6:00 PM. No solids, not even small snacks after that. In addition to the solid foods you absolutely must avoid per the instructions, there are other foods that can also help if you avoid them. You can find what these foods are by keying on colonoscopy preparation sites. Some of the foods to avoid are whole grain and oatmeal. Even though these are healthy foods, they tend to stick to your colon and it helps to avoid them. You want to put the odds on your side to the maximum extent possible. You're on a mission when you do colonoscopy preparation. Be a good little soldier and follow all orders. I look at the colonoscopy as an adventure trip of sorts and definitely existential in nature.

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
Here's a few statistics:
(1) My gastroenterology nurse told me that Suprep was the most tolerable of all the clean-out options which they used. I don't know what the other clean-out options were but I'm assuming they involved drinking some large quantity of something. (2) Out of 147 reviews of Suprep on one of the drugstore websites, it received an overall rating of 8.4 out of a possible 10.0 (3) On another website which claims it looks at reviews from all websites, it received a 7.0 out of a possible 10.0. No doubt there are some real horror stories, but over a large sample of people Suprep comes out pretty good. Nothing is guaranteed, but if you haven't taken it your odds are fairly good of it working for you based on the statistics. I'm a retired defense industry engineer and am wired for the number scene. The rating of 8.4 gave me confidence that it would probably be OK. The only thing I have to compare it to is the Fleet Phospho Soda. Assuming the Fleet Phospho Soda is a 10.0, I give the Suprep a 9.0. Taste between the two was about the same. Maybe the Fleet was slightly better, but not by much. The only reason the Suprep got a 9.0 instead of a 10.0 was that it took about a total time of 6 minutes to down the two doses of Suprep and maybe 10.0 seconds to down the two doses of the Fleet. Also, the Fleet was done the same day and the Suprep required two days. But I'm told the two day split dosage is the wave of the clean-out future because it works better then only a single day dose, regardless of what's used. The first dose of Suprep is the major battle and the second dose is the mopping up operation. Possibly a poor choice of words by using the phrase "mopping up" but there is a bit of truth here. The second dose comes out largely water and it can drip on the floor off of you easier than the day before. Yeah I know. A lousy attempt at some gallows humor, but it doesn't hurt to at least try to have some fun with the colonoscopy adventure.

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
This was my second colonoscopy. First one was ten years ago. Used Fleet Phospho Soda at that time but it was subsequently taken off the market. The Suprep had a strong black cherry flavor. If I didn't know what it was and someone had told me it was a non-carbonated black cherry flavored soft drink, I would have believed it. I wasn't crazy by the taste but I wasn't repulsed by it either. Chilled the Suprep/water mixture before taking it and used a large straw. No problem in sipping it down in less than 3 minutes. Also no problem in drinking down 32 oz. of Gatorade within an hour. Didn't drink any liquids for 4 hours prior to taking the Suprep in anticipation of having to down 48 oz. of liquid in one hour. Maybe a little bloated but nothing too bad. Took the first dose at 4:00 PM and started on the pot in less than an hour. No cramps but did get a little light headed at first. Completely finished up on the pot around midnight. Took the second dose at 6:00 AM. Identical experience to the first dose. Started on the pot in less than a half hour this time and completely finished up around 9:00 AM. Colonoscopy at 1:45 PM went well. Specifically asked the doctor if the Suprep did an adequate cleaning. His exact words were "It looked good from my end". Will insist on nothing but Suprep on next colonoscopy 5 years from now. After reading all the horror stories about Suprep, this went way too easy. But others may have different experiences. Reality is that no one knows how they will react to it until they try.

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GGlen Says:
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My husband just used muviprep, said tasted like 7up. No complaints with pain or cramps. Well prepped for procedure.

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Gemeniguy Says:
 
It seems that many have had a bad experience with Suprep. Can anyone who has had a bad experience with Suprep tell me what they have used in place of it that is more tolerable? I have an upcoming colonoscopy. Any information about a better substitute for Suprep will be appreciated.

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Nascar48 Says:
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What are all the chills and tremors for?! Craziness!!!

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Nascar48 Says:
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I really don't think there is a tasty alternative, but going thru other websites I found some people taking pills with loads of water. Perhaps dr.'s are getting kickbacks for prescribing this vomit. I split my doses into 1/3's with extra water and chased it with fresh squeezed lemon juice and barely got it down. As for the guy who said only 4 trips to bathroom?!!! Not believable for this is my second colonoscopy and I am currently sitting on the toilet for nearly 5 hrs straight!!

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Sammy telerson Says:
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Did the liqid diet day b4, took first bottle as instrucked. Got it all down within first hr. Its very hard to tolerate toward the end of the dose. I was not able to get the two 16 oz. doses of water in within the next hr.
Next morn took 2/3rds of second dose and threw up some of it. Couldn't finish off the other third. The stuff is horrible to tolerate, I tried very hard to keep it down. Seems like whats coming out is yellow. Don't know if The dr will do the procedure

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Conrad Says:
 
Dougie Quick said: "That was exactly my experience! I could never do that again! Or it would have to be life or death it was so putridly AWFUL!! Just AWFUL!! I seriously don't know how I did not vomit the second bottle!"

To get around that, I used a mint mouthwash (Scope or a generic). After drinking about 1/3 of the first dose of Suprep, I IMMEDIATELY rinsed with the mouthwash. That was very effective at taking away the rancid flavor of the prep. Repeated that for the next two-thirds of the prep, and it really wasn't that bad.

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Cornholio The Mighty Says:
 
I am scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning at 9am. The instructions I received from the doc was to take the 1st bottle mixed with either water, sugar-free Crystal Light lemonade, or sugar-free 7-Up. I went with the Crystal Light. The taste wasn't that bad - very sweet and very salty, but the lemonade kind of covered it up. I drank it slowly, over about 30 minutes, then took a hour to chase with two more 16oz cups of lemonade. 45 minutes after pulling the pin on this gut -grenade, the urge hit and the first trip took care of any real solid wastes present. No cramping or bloating. Not really anything crazy, just a forceful movement. The 2nd trip though, about 30 minutes later, had me in amazement at the sheer volume of mostly clear liquid that came forth, and the force and constant flow of it. A few minutes before trip #2 launched, there was some mild cramping. I think I actually laughed out loud at what was transpiring. 30 minutes later, trip #3 yielded about the same results as trip #2, just not as voluminous and dramatic, and there was much, much less residue. I am now just sitting here typing this, wondering if there will be a trip #4. I do feel a little bloated and there are some rumblings in the gut, so I may stay up a bit to make sure I don't have some late-night emergency. I have to get up and drink round #2 at 5am tomorrow and then off to get the probing done. I will follow up with results and impressions.

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EC Says:
 
Suprep tastes horrible. If bowel is running clear after the first dose, do you have to do the second? I will be extremely reluctant to have a colonoscopy again if Suprep has to be used. Also, what is the grape/berry flavor that people are talking about? The stuff that I was given is very salty and smells/tastes like musty mold.

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JKCR Says:
 
Have you tried other methods? I used this for my first colonoscopy prep and I had no adverse effects. Lucky, I guess. Yes, it does taste bad but I would rather drink those two bottles and the water chasers than drink a gallon of that "sweet" stuff that my mother used and gagged with every swig. Everyone has different tastes and different reactions. Don't judge the people who wrote positive reviews. I never heard of Suprep until my doctor prescribed it to me. Hopefully your colonoscopy went well.

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