ANDRETEXAS wrote:Suprep is the best !!
The "consensus" among gastros where I am seems to be Suprep. My surgeon who did my colonoscopy (gastro could not removed a very large polyp I had w/out putting a hole in my colon) also prefers the suprep. They all say it gives them the best "visuals". (I will refer to as SP)
My prep before this was ducolax+Miralax+Gatorade protocol. (I will refer to as DMG)
My thoughts, having done both, are as follows:
SP allows you to spend most of your day before colonoscopy not doing a prep. But it's a (2-day) regimen. Day one I did't start it til late in the afternoon so I had most of my day free from having to be near a bathroom. It involves drinking less stuff. But that stuff sure tastes awful. You must drink two (2) more 16-ounce containers of water over the next 1 hour after you drink the Suprep mixture.
So you start later, get the first round of cleanout done, then you can go to bed early and rest. BUT, It's a split prep, so the next one you do is at 5a.m. in the morning. This doesn't fit into my schedule, as I am not an early riser, and I don't go to bed early, so actually caused me to get less sleep. Also, drinking nasty tasting stuff first thing in the morning is hard, and so is getting down the other 2 16-oz waters, which have to be completed 2 hours before your actual procdedure.
Financially, Medicare would not pay for it, the Suprep was about $100. So there's that.
DMG downside is you pretty much spend the entire day before colonscopy doing prep. Upside is that once that is all over, you go to bed, wake up on day of your colonscopy, and you are DONE. Also it's cheap to buy the stuff you need. DMG can be a long day, though, because this is also a split dose prep. You start in the morning, do the first dose. It does require drinking a whole lot of gatorade, and I hate gatorade because it makes my reflux very bad, and makes me quite nauseous. Then, once you are thru that, you have to start on the 2nd dose a few hours later. On DMG I felt "tied to the bathroom all day long". But once done, you are done. You wake up next morning and can simply go to your procedure.
Hope this helps someone. I think it all really depends on your schedule as well as your sleeping schedule. If you work, you can most likely leave work at 3pm the day before your colonscopy (you are still on a liquid diet of course) and start your prep at 4pm. You don't end up losing a whole day before your colonscopy. The bad part for me was waking up at 5am to do the other dose, because I normally don't sleep until after midnight or so.