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Colonoscopy tomorrow - moviprep not working

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Km151042 Thu 04-Jul-19 22:07:44

Hi everyone, I’m having a colonoscopy tomorrow afternoon and started the prep this evening as told by the letter I received, I started drinking the first litre at 7pm finishing it at 8.30 and haven’t had any bowel movements yet.

I was wondering if anyone who’s had one done could tell me if this is normal or not, next lot is tomorrow morning, I’m having bad stomach cramps and awful bloating so hopefully it starts working soon.

StillMedusa Thu 04-Jul-19 22:11:03

Totally normal!
I've had several colonoscopies with Movieprep and the first jug does nothing. (and I always worry) Then some hours later...usually half way through the second jug it begins.... I usually take the second jug not long after the first.. gets it going and after a bad night I'm all clean.

Just keep going.. it WILL work!

kidsmakesomuchwashing Thu 04-Jul-19 22:23:54

I'm having colonoscopy tomorrow too.
I didn't do the whole drink 250ml every half hour. I drank a pint at 6pm and the second pint at 6:15pm.
Went to toilet about 7:15pm and it was fairly constant until 8:30pm then stopped.
Second sachet tomorrow morning! Yum! NOT!

Km151042 Thu 04-Jul-19 22:24:24

Thank you so much for your reply @StillMedusa , wasn’t sure what to expect as it’s my first colonoscopy, so you’re reply is reassuring. I’m supposed to take the next sachets at 6am, as my appointment isn’t till 2pm, would you suggest I take it earlier, it’s all quite confusing to me blush

FaithInfinity Thu 04-Jul-19 22:25:28

It will probably start working soon. I had citrafleet (similar) and it took about 3 hours to start working. The second dose tomorrow should clear out more.

FaithInfinity Thu 04-Jul-19 22:26:38

I’d take it at 6, otherwise you’ll be shattered! Taking it at 6 for a 2pm appointment should be plenty of time.

Do you want any more detail about the procedure?

Km151042 Thu 04-Jul-19 22:26:54

@kidsmakesomuchwashing good luck for tomorrow, I hope everything turns out okay for you! It’s foul tasting isn’t it? I struggled to drink the first lot, so not looking forward to the next!

Km151042 Thu 04-Jul-19 22:30:31

@FaithInfinity My DP had one not so long ago so he’s being telling me what to expect with regard to the actual procedure, but he started going to the loo quite quickly after he started to drink his, so that made me question whether it was working or not for me, but thank you smile

azulmariposa Thu 04-Jul-19 23:11:21

You might need to drink some more water, I found that helps to clear everything out.
Honestly, the prep is the worst part of the procedure.
Are you going to have sedation?

FaithInfinity Fri 05-Jul-19 09:21:51

Hope the prep has started working and it goes well today for you and kids.

Egghead68 Fri 05-Jul-19 17:38:07

Hope it worked! Mine didn’t and I have a redo with double Moviprep (and a rough endoscopist) to look forward to! I’m going to supplement it with 5 days low residue diet, 2 days clear liquid diet, 3 days and a water enema. I WILL succeed!!

managedmis Sat 06-Jul-19 02:04:19

Mine started in the middle of the night.. Give it time!

ElizabethMainwaring Sat 06-Jul-19 02:16:30

Hello all. My husband is having a colonoscopy next week. Did you choose to have gas and air or sedation? How did you find the procedure? I think that he is really worried about it, which isn't like him at all. I'd like to give him some reassurance. Any advice? Thank you.

ElizabethMainwaring Sat 06-Jul-19 02:18:13

And hope all goes well kids.

SimplySteveRedux Sat 06-Jul-19 03:03:47

Would recommend sedation if on offer. My father always was told to have the sedation by his GP when I was a teen. I just get clean knocked out.

allypally999 Sat 06-Jul-19 08:36:38

I found there was a delay of a few hours too then all hell lets loose lol. Its the worst part in my opinion. I took mild sedation for the actual procedure so was able to watch the screen - quite interesting or maybe that was the drugs. Just a bit uncomfortable as they move it round is all .. no more than "ow" for me but I am tough as have many problems.

FaithInfinity Sat 06-Jul-19 10:28:33

The sedation is generally offered for a colonoscopy and most people take it. He will need someone with him for 24 hours afterwards though. The sedation physically relaxes the body making the procedure easier, so if he’s nervous, it’s probably a good idea. You’re given painkillers at the start as well as a drug to relax the bowel. Most people can have the gas and air if it’s uncomfortable (there are some reasons you can’t have it like if you’ve had a head injury or trapped air in the body). I found the gas and air really helped when they got stuck on a tight corner.

ElizabethMainwaring Sat 06-Jul-19 13:49:41

Thank you very much for replying. Much appreciated. Hope all went well for the posters who had their procedures today. x

SimplySteveRedux Sat 06-Jul-19 14:22:24

Reminds me of Picolax. If you want some giggles, https://www.ign.com/boards/threads/this-is-a-very-long-read-but-i-swear-it-is-worth-it-it-is-the-greatest-violent-poo-story-ever-told.452628177/

ElizabethMainwaring Sat 06-Jul-19 16:19:58

No thanks. No giggles required. I just want advice. Not hilarious poo stories.

Egghead68 Tue 16-Jul-19 14:17:31

Now on day 9 (of 10) of my extended bowel prep prior to 2nd attempt at colonoscopy. It’s grim! Double dose moviprep tomorrow. Hope it works this time.

Can anyone tell me how painful theirs was with 1.5-2mg midazolam and a small dose of pethidine? There’s no gas and air top-up where I’m going and the endoscopist goes for speed rather than comfort.

justasking111 Tue 16-Jul-19 14:19:45

good luck today. I opted for sedation it is nothing like a general for those worried.

FamilyOfAliens Tue 16-Jul-19 14:24:08

Can anyone tell me how painful theirs was with 1.5-2mg midazolam and a small dose of pethidine? There’s no gas and air top-up where I’m going and the endoscopist goes for speed rather than comfort.

I’ve had four now (family history of bowel cancer) and none of them was painful. Once when the tube went round the bend it was a bit uncomfortable but that’s all.

I am just very grateful that I can be monitored for bowel cancer for free every three years.

FamilyOfAliens Tue 16-Jul-19 14:24:36

Meant to say no gas and air here either.

Egghead68 Tue 16-Jul-19 15:08:02

Thanks both of you.

I think pain depends to an extent on individual anatomy and how much the scope gets looped up inside. I will report back.

Yes - am grateful this is being done on the NHS.

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