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Bazmack48
Bazmack48

Has anybody else had problems with Plenvu medication. Hubby has colonoscopy at 2,15 today and took his first dose last night at 7. He has been up most of night with trips to the toilet. Second dose at 7 this morning, apart from the frequent trips he is feeling very dizzy and unsteady. I have tried to contact the hospital to see if I can accompany him to hospital visit. He took a 5mg diazepam this morning as he was very stressed. Help appreciated.

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Nicole_GCCA
Nicole_GCCAAdministrator

Bazmack48 ,I'm sorry to hear this! Prep can be difficult on the body, and we always recommend contacting the doctor if unable to tolerate the prep.

This site does not offer medical advice, but we are here to share our experience and offer our advice, but it should not replace speaking to your doctor.

The frequent trips to the toilet are, I'm afraid, what the medication is supposed to do in order to clean out the colon for the colonoscopy so the doctor can get a clean look at the colon - but the dizziness is not. Perhaps he was dehydrated?

How is he feeling now? I know with COVID rules on additional people going to facilities are limited, but just to check - he is not driving himself there, is he? He won't be allowed to drive himself home.

Please let me know how he's doing now. So sorry to hear he's had a rough experience with the prep! I hope all goes well from here on out!

~Nicole, GCCA Staff Member & Colon Cancer Connected Site Administrator.

Just a reminder - this group is here to offer support, share experiences, and offer our thoughts - but this is not medical advice, and you should always consult your medical professional(s). Additionally, for all emergencies, seek urgent medical care, never delay.

Thank you for your reply. My son took hubby to hospital and I will go back with son to pick him up from the clinic. I wouldn’t have thought he was dehydrated as he was drinking constantly. He is still sitting in the waiting area so clinic running late. I did phone to ask if I could stay with him but as I hadn’t had a COVID test the answer was no. I will let you know the result.

After a very painful procedure, sedative, gas and air along with oxygen hubby told no cancer seen. They found diverticulitis which was diagnosed many years ago. Biopsies taken because of history of lymphatic colitis and case handed back to GI consultant. Hopefully nothing to worry about.

Nicole_GCCA
Nicole_GCCAAdministrator in reply to Bazmack48

Thank you for keeping us updated on how it went. I'm really sorry to hear that it was a painful procedure. It sounds like this was not his first colonoscopy given his history with GI issues, is that correct?

What exactly were the issues with the procedure itself? Did he react poorly to the anesthesia? As they pump your colon with air to inflate it so that they can get a better look and take clear images. That can often be really uncomfortable/painful.

I hope that before his next colonoscopy, that you'll be able to speak to the doctors about what can be done to minimize the miserable experience... for instance, a different prep may make your husband less ill.

If the anesthesia was a problem, some people opt for no anesthesia at all. Now, you will hear from some that they are easily able to tolerate a colonoscopy without any sedation - others have found it to be quite uncomfortable!

I'm glad to hear that no cancer was detected, and hope your husband has recovered from the colonoscopy prep and procedure. If you are not yet a member of these two groups on HealthUnlocked, you may find them to be a valuable resource:

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We wish you the best and hope that by speaking with the doctor, there are measures to take to make sure the next colonoscopy is not so miserable!

Sincerely,

~Nicole, GCCA Staff Member & Colon Cancer Connected Site Administrator.

Just a reminder - this group is here to offer support, share experiences, and offer our thoughts - but this is not medical advice, and you should always consult your medical professional(s). Additionally, for all emergencies, seek urgent medical care, never delay.

I took Plenvu last colonoscopy, it's horrible. Has he been drinking lots ? If not he's probably dehydrated and taking diazepam as well will make him feel even more unsteady.

Bazmack48
Bazmack48 in reply to bantam12

Thank you for replying , he was drinking a lot of water and squash so I think it isn’t a lack of liquid. He ate at 4 yesterday so possibly lack of food not helping. He has been taking diazepam for many years and they don’t normally have any adverse reaction. I have put biscuits and chocolate in his bag as the clinic always make you eat a sandwich before you are allowed home. He is coeliac so have to take own snacks.

Hi I hope your husband managed to get in ok. Plenvu causes some nausea. I have just taken my first dose of plenvu with the rest tomorrow for my colonoscopy at 2pm. I’m trying to be calm just cannot sleep. Plenvu is much better than moviprep

Thank you for your reply. Hubby had his procedure and now awaiting results of biopsies. Hope all goes well this afternoon,

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