Ick! – GaviLyte-N Is Vile


I usually don’t like to blog about negative things. My Mom always says  if you can’t say anything good about something, then don’t say anything at all (actually, I think all moms say that.) But in this case I feel compelled to dump this post about GaviLyte-N on the world, because most people are going to have to drink this nasty stuff at some point in their lives. I’ve created a new category for my blog called “Ick!” – it’s for anything that is particularly disgusting, and this stuff is at the top of the list.

I’m not new to this drink – I endured it in the mid ‘90s for my first colonoscopy. Good Lord, with all of the amazing technology out there (yes, Virginia, they did put a man on the moon) you would think they could make this stuff taste better, maybe like a nice bubbly or iced tea. I read on drugs.com that GaviLyte-N has “a pleasant mineral water taste.” Pleasant? Whoever wrote that must be on crack.  If they can’t improve the taste, at least have smaller doses. A gallon of this sh*t to drink in 8 oz. pours every 15 minutes? Really? Really? Why not just a shot in the arm or the butt they are so attracted to? Or develop a simple blood test – one little pinch of a needle and you’re done. And it costs more than $20.00 to boot. I have to pay to drink this crap? And endure a liquid diet the entire day before the procedure? Jello is the only “food” I get? I’m tempted to add vodka (it is clear) to it and make jello shots, LMAO.

All of this reminds me of a response to a question on the ‘60’s television show “The Newlywed Game” with Bob Eubanks as host. Four newlywed couples would each separately answer “suggestive” questions (at the time) and compare their responses to see how well they really knew their spouses. The couple with the best score at the end would win some sort of prize. Anyway, this was the question and answer:

  • Bob: Where’s the most unusual place you’ve made whoopee?
  • Female contestant: That would be up the butt, Bob.

Apparently this is true – check it out on snopes.com. It’s funny regardless – wish I could have seen Bob Eubank’s face – he probably laughed his a$$ off!

Back to this gallon of sh*t to clean your pipes out the day before the procedure. It comes with a little package of “lemon flavoring” to add to the concoction. Bless your heart for including that, pharmaceutical company, you crack me up. And BTW, thanks for suggesting the nausea pills and the recommendation for the baby wipes so I won’t have any chafing. Glad to know you’re covering my a$$!

I had to get a substitute to lead my water aerobics class tonight so I wouldn’t cause a “brown-out” in the pool. The only bright side is I’ve probably lost a few pounds. Note to self: Buy some more toilet cleaner.

Okay, that’s a load off. But now I’ve gotta run ….

44 thoughts on “Ick! – GaviLyte-N Is Vile

  1. Mandi Woomer

    LOL — I had something different from GaviLyte-N it was something else-Lyte and it had 5 flavors, but I mixed it with white grape juice which I will never drink again. I probably wouldn’t have liked white grape juice anyway, it’s icky sweet, but still. I did use a straw which only lets it hit minimal taste buds and keeps it from coating your mouth. I find it easier to “chug” through a straw. I asked about both vodka and white wine, no dice from the doc. Wet wipes are a butt-saver! I hope all is well and you have no “pole-yips” — from an SNL episode where Alec Baldwin kept calling polyps, “pole-yips”.

  2. Jami

    I am also doing this thing tonight. YUCK!!! I added a package of lemon sugar free jello to my gallon. Also beef/chicken broth was allowed during the day. Three hours before starting this sh*t I had to drink carbonated Epsom salts also. They really do need to figure something else out.

  3. Truelynn

    Hillarious! Thanks for the humor!
    I am on my fourth cup of Gavilyte, first time, and I don’t find it all that bad, yet despite reading all night how awful the prep is supposed to be.
    Last night I adjusted my fridge temp to be cooler than usual since reading “colder-the-better.”
    I shaked it real good, had a sip of vegatable broth, and downed it *holding my breath* the entire time. But I did need to breath in between, then finished it- two gulps total. After each cup I wipe my mouth, then take a little sip of the vegatable broth again to avoid any aftertaste.
    I would equate the ‘taste’ (if there is any this way) to salty mineral oil-water. I did NOT add the flavoring. That would only make it harder to make it ‘tasteless’.
    After the 3rd cup I had to make the bathroom trip.
    I cut out food yesterday and the day I cut down to liquids and rice and bread to avoid the cramping I heard about and to minimize the ‘elimination’ process.
    I find this very tolerable but maybe some of you are laughing because you know that it gets alot
    worse after the fourth cup?
    Best to all of you AND may your results be wonderful good news!

  4. Michelle Hinn

    Oh…thank you so much for blogging about this. I’m doing the prep now (not my first time either) and while I knew about making it cold and the straw thing from experience it’s still always nice to see some medical humor while going through these things! :)

  5. cinnamon

    Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!

    This blog is too funny, especially since i am also prepping with this nasty liquid. I am having problems getting the second half of this cr@p down. All i kept thinking was, really? They don’t have a better solution?

    Thank you for the comedy on this ICKY prep night.

  6. Gary

    I’m sitting on the toilet after drinking this vile liquid and I can’t wait till my procedure is done tomorrow. Yes after the 4th cup or so I’m starting to gag and kept from throwing up by not breathing during my drinking phase. Thanks for posting your blog.

  7. Rhonda

    I can’t tell you how much these comments made me laugh! I just drank my first glass of this “pleasant-tasting” prep and found, much to my surprise and delight, that most of you either didn’t mix the solution sufficiently or just have really delicate taste buds. I had the choice of lemon, cherry, or orange flavorings to add and I chose the orange. I, also, am a “sipper” so the most difficulty I had was just chugging such copious amounts of liquid. While I’m dreading the procedure,since I have to go under anesthesia, I’m looking forward to the NAP!

  8. Mrlee

    Why can’t we just pour this mess into two 2-quart douche bags and consume rectally? This way would be much faster and leave no aftertaste. No gagging and no vomiting.

      1. jami

        After I went thru the whole process of this icky stuff, and posting in here….I found an acceptable replacement treatment. It is called the Amazing liver and gallbladder flush. A book written by a DR. it gets you to the same place with apple or cranberry juice. Much simpler to handle.

  9. BB

    I am in the middle of the prep–did the 3 liters last night with one to go this morning. I had the Gavilyte-C solution with the White Lemon flavor packet….I hate to say this but it was good! In other circumstances the flavor would be great in a lemon drop martini!! It was slightly salty and quite lemony. I mixed it with Crystal Geyser Spring Water and didn’t chill it. Hope the rest goes as well as the prep has so far.

  10. Lorri

    Found your post when looking or HELP!!! Halfway through the prep and while I found the taste horrid, the worst part is that after the 5th glass, I started vomiting violently right into the dry heaves. Waited an hour like the instructions said (now really? Why, if they know it most likely will make you vomit, do they still insist on this method?) drank another glass and am vomiting again. Anyone know how to know if there is any chance of getting clean enough to bother if you get to taste each glass after 5 twice – once down and once up? I will most likely NEVER have another lemon flavored drink in my life. ~sigh goodby lemon drops~

  11. Daphne

    Oh I am doing this tonight but with the Gavalite C. I am not ading the lemon to the mix looks like it will be easier to handle that way. the nurse did say to add the lemon pack a bit to each glass as needed. i have a huge gag reflex so hope this is tolerable for me.
    Oh and the blog made me laugh! You are wonderful to have a fun blog!
    I get both ends done tomorrow around noon, Fun times ahead! I am wondering how bad the potty time will be for me being as I have diareah up to 25 times a day anyhow. Geesh and I just changed the sheets!!

  12. Cleo

    On 4/1/13, my husband will have his dose of what sounds like very horrible stuff to drink—> I got smart and will see what he goes through…ha ha !! This was a great place to find what others went thru and the hints to drink the liquid cold and other ideas on how to get thru it all….Cleo

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  14. lorra

    I am doing the Gavilyte-N right now. I have drank 4 cups and don’t think i can drink anymore. I quit because if i don’t i will be throwing it right back up anyway. I did however learn that if you suck on a piece of candy after drinking it helps.

  15. Cliff Farris

    Gosh, I am three fourths of the way through my gallon of Gavilyte-N, and am practically enjoying it. The orange flavoring is fine. These others must have some different material. The liquid is smooth and goes down easily. I have tried many mixed drinks that were far worse.

    If this bothers someone, let them try a drink made from a jar of herbs and I don’t know what filled with a quart of rum and soaked for several months. The native Venezuelans said it would do great things – but not for me. I will take Gavilyte-N anytime.

    Good luck.

      1. Cliff Farris

        Thanks Kelly. Possibly they have changed the formulation. However, things went very well. I am pretty tired tonight though.

        The Gavilyte-N is well formulated to neither take liquids from the body nor return them Thus in drinking 4 liters in 4 hours, I had no out of the ordinary need too urinate. The rest of me was surely cleaned out.

        It did go down easily.

  16. Pat Weldon

    I want to know why I can’t mix the powder with something other than plain water (and yes, I was thinking vodka also. Even mentioned it to the pharmacy clerk).. Flavored iced tea might make it more palatable. I tried calling the pharmaceutical company to ask, but no one answered the phone. Going to start this stuff in just a few minutes and I’m throwing in some mint iced tea anyway.. Kelley, loved your blog!

      1. paweldon1

        Kelley, all went well. Don’t have to endure that awful stuff again for another 5 years. I did mix it with mint iced tea and it wasn’t so bad.

  17. Steve

    Well I’m drinking this Gavilyte-N now and am about to give up. I just can’t stand this stuff, any more than a sip makes me vomit it back up. It’s more the consistency of the stuff not the flavor or anything like that. I’ve been sipping as much as I can take for about 3 hours now. Forget the wait between 8 Oz glasses. Argh….. there has to be a better way to clean out the bowles. I came here looking for some help on drinking this stuff but evadently there is nothing one casn really do. A straw does help a bit but I still can’t tollerate more than a couple of swallows at a time every so often. I guess I’m just going to slowly sip it till it’s gone or as long as I can take it.

  18. lorra

    I have drank 4 cups and can’t drink anymore. If i do i’ll puke. I can’t believe you don’t mind the taste.


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