When someone is talking about a colonoscopy, they always say the preparation is the worst part. Five years ago, when I had my first one that was true. I had to drink about a gallon of awful tasting stuff. However, this time it was "a breeze" to quote another woman who wrote about it on Yahoo News. The difference was a new prep solution that was just approved by the FDA in July, 2012. Thank goodness my doctor was up to date on such things!
The new prep is called "Prepopik" in the United States. In Canada it's called "Pico Salax" (sounds more like Spanish to me) and in the UK it's called "Picolax" (sounds like a musical instrument).
In the package you receive a plastic cup and two packets of powder, as well as an instruction sheet. See the two lines on the plastic cup? For your first dose you put water up to the bottom line (5 ounces) then stir in one packet of powder. You drink that, then fill the cup with plain water up to the second line (8 ounces) and drink that. So, for each dose you drink 5 ounces of solution, then 8 ounces of water. You have to drink a total of five glasses of water, at your own pace, over the next five hours. For the second dose, you do the same thing (I did the first one the night before and the second one the morning of my procedure; but I only had to drink three glasses of water the second time).
It's not bad at all. The solution doesn't taste bad (slightly citrusy) and the texture is just slightly thicker than water. It's very easy. It didn't give me any bad side effects, other than a little nausea during the night, that went away quickly.
Apparently, this prep is not very well known yet. When I did a general online search for prep solutions I found no mention of it. When I looked up the specific name, there it was. I'm glad my doctor knew about it. This is just one example of how up to date I have found things here in Kentucky. Since moving here, I have found health care to be very user friendly and efficient. (As expressed by our Governor recently on the news.)