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Upcoming Colonoscopy with Bi-Peglyte

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Upcoming Colonoscopy with Bi-Peglyte

I have a colonoscopy coming up and the clinic's instructions to prep is to purchase the Bi-Peglyte kit.

So I'm looking at the Bi Peglyte kit and the 2 pouches of powder with medicinal ingredients, which contains 59.5 grams of PEG 3350 + 10 grams in misc sodium ingredients for electrolytes with the use of 2 liters of water. Total = 140 grams. It also comes with 3 Bisacodyl tablets. This kit is $40 at SDM phamacist counter.

I can buy Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) for 4.99 for 10 tablets and a 238 gram bottle of clearlax (PEG3350) for 11.99.

I could just essentially just buy 2 Litres of Gatorade for electrolytes, mix together half the bottle at 119 grams of clearlax (same as 59.5 x 2 grams from the bi-peglyte kit pouches) + take 3 Dulcolax.


I assume there is nothing wrong in doing this I'm thinking, and I'm just making my own version of the Bi-peglyte and follow their intake instructions instead.
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just get purg-odan instead. it's about $14? at costco pharmacy. it's the generic for pico silax.
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Every specialist or clinic has its own preferred method for bowel prep.
Don't just use anything you want.
Pico-Salax is quite different, it does not contain polyethylene glycol.

You can call up the clinic and ask them for alternatives. If they say it's ok to use, then go ahead.
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nosnoop wrote: Every specialist or clinic has its own preferred method for bowel prep.
Don't just use anything you want.
Pico-Salax is quite different, it does not contain polyethylene glycol.

You can call up the clinic and ask them for alternatives. If they say it's ok to use, then go ahead.
The clinic is closed for the weekend. I'm going to start the prep in 2 hrs. I basically ate nothing since thursday and was fasting. All ate was chicken broth, jello, juice, and pudding. I've lost 7 lbs since I started to eat light beginning this Monday. So there shouldn't be barely anything in my intestines and colon. I did some searching on google and found the answer on drugs.com for the PEG3350 generic. It looks like it is ok, to do what I will do.

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Bowel preparation before colonoscopy (off-label use): Oral: 17 g (~1 heaping tablespoon) in 240 mL (8 ounces) of clear liquid every 10 minutes until 2,000 mL of volume are consumed (start within 6 hours after administering bisacodyl delayed-release tablets or magnesium citrate) (ASCRS/ASGE/SAGES [Wexner 2006])
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Wouldn't Gatorade have some sort of Coloring in it? Maybe one thing to look into. Although I guess there might be clear ones?.. Dont remember seeing clear gatorade. Good luck!

All this to save $20... It's probably ok on paper? But what if something was unaccounted for and you have to go on the diet again?
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Sanyo wrote: i wish they had a better way to check your ass for cancer.
The actual procedure itself isn't bad as they put you under, but the prep is not delightful at all.
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lpin14 wrote: The actual procedure itself isn't bad as they put you under, but the prep is not delightful at all.
I just wish there was some specialized 3d xray or something they can do without being intrusive like this. There must be a better way eventually.
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nosnoop wrote: Every specialist or clinic has its own preferred method for bowel prep.
Don't just use anything you want.

You can call up the clinic and ask them for alternatives. If they say it's ok to use, then go ahead.
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Sanyo wrote: I just wish there was some specialized 3d xray or something they can do without being intrusive like this. There must be a better way eventually.
Even with the other methods, the prep still needs to happen.
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blueraindrop wrote: Do they ask for a covid test, before a medical procedure like this ?
No COVID test, but you need a mask while in the clinic. Not sure if you have to remove the mask for the procedure.
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lpin14 wrote: The actual procedure itself isn't bad as they put you under, but the prep is not delightful at all.
Assuming they get your vein. Nurse missed mine the last time. Consciously aware of the whole procedure.
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thriftshopper wrote: Assuming they get your vein. Nurse missed mine the last time. Consciously aware of the whole procedure.
Whoa!! That doesn't sound pleasant at all.
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lpin14 wrote: Whoa!! That doesn't sound pleasant at all.
It wasn't. Inbetween getting the butt plug in (essentially what the portal for the various probes and instruments is) and the gas to inflate your colon.....
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thriftshopper wrote: Assuming they get your vein. Nurse missed mine the last time. Consciously aware of the whole procedure.
Thought it was anesthesiologist that put meds and not nurse?

Perhaps depends on clinic/hospital and province.
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georvu wrote: Thought it was anesthesiologist that put meds and not nurse?

Perhaps depends on clinic/hospital and province.
Seems like it. Nurse (some gradient of) in B.C.
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thriftshopper wrote: It wasn't. Inbetween getting the butt plug in (essentially what the portal for the various probes and instruments is) and the gas to inflate your colon.....
I was pleasantly surprised the last time I went. It was much more comfortable and I mentioned it to the nurse. She said they were now using CO2 instead of air. My understanding is it dissipates more quickly and causes less bloating.
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georvu wrote: Thought it was anesthesiologist that put meds and not nurse?
There are usually no anaesthetists as the procedure only requires sedation, and not general anaesthesia.
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gladiator1942 wrote: just get purg-odan instead. it's about $14? at costco pharmacy. it's the generic for pico silax.
Doc can write a script for pico silax and it's covered. No cost.
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