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Clenpiq for Bowel Preparation User Reviews

Clenpiq has an average rating of 5.8 out of 10 from a total of 287 reviews for the treatment of Bowel Preparation. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 39% reported a negative experience.

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5.8/10 average rating

287 ratings from 296 user reviews.

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Reviews for Clenpiq

  • CMA
  • July 19, 2021

"I just had my first colonoscopy on Friday, July 16. I was terrified of the prep! Please don't be. I have no other prep to compare Clenpiq to, but I will say that I recommend this prep. Please follow recommendations for the 3 days prior and the 1 day prior. Remember to stay hydrated. I took my first dose at 6:15 pm, and the prep started working 30 minutes later. I did use a straw, and I had cold ice water next to me to drink along. By 10 pm, I was done. I was able to sleep a few hours, and I was not running to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I can honestly say it was minor discomfort. I did the second dose early in the morning, and I was done within one hour. I did experience a little nausea and headache with both, but that could have been my nerves again. Doctor said I was super clean. Like others have said, the taste is between sweet and salty - a bit odd. Thank you for all the suggestions on the site."

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  • zzlaf...
  • January 17, 2019

"First of all, I am a healthy 50-year-old woman. I am having a good experience (well, as good as this can be anyway) for the most part. I am doing the day before prep because my colonoscopy (first one ever) is scheduled early in the morning. I started my clear liquid diet as soon as I woke up, and about noon, I drank the first bottle of Clenpiq. It’s cranberry flavor, not terrible except for a bit of an aftertaste. The prep kicked in within 20 minutes of drinking it! I haven’t felt nauseous. I can tell when I need to go with no cramping at all. I haven’t had a headache. I will be taking my second bottle at about 6 p.m. My advice is to make sure you drink plenty of clear liquids BEFORE and during your prep day! Staying hydrated seems to really help with everything! I did choose to eat “lighter” for the three days before. I think it helped as well. I hope whoever reads my experience feels relief. Good luck to you!"

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  • CL740
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 18, 2021

"Great experience for my first colonoscopy thanks to Clenpiq! I drank it with a straw and the taste is slightly salty, that's all. A few sips and it's down. I started having diarrhea about 60 min later without any belly aches, any nausea, nothing. Early this morning I drank the second bottle, again no problems with the taste and no belly aches, no nausea during evacuation. I could not recommend Clenpiq enough. I am extremely happy with this experience. I was so fearful of the prep after hearing horror stories from friends and family, but I should not have been. I had no polyps so my next colonoscopy will be in 10 years when I turn 60 and I will make sure to ask my doctor to prescribe Clenpiq. It works well btw, I was squeaky clean (my doctor's words)! Stop fearing the prep and get ready for an important procedure with Clenpiq! You won't regret it. Now, to finally have some solid foods today!! Take care everyone!"

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  • mluck...
  • June 7, 2021

"For 2-3 days prior to prep day, I ate very low fiber foods. Prep day, I did liquids. At 5pm, I drank the first bottle. It was okay and I sucked a lifesaver while I drank it. I used a straw and was able to finish it fairly easily. I then drank 24 ounces of liquid. About an hour later, I got a headache and was nauseous. Then, I began going to the bathroom regularly. From about 7 p.m. to midnight, I was running to the bathroom and I did dry heave a bunch. But by midnight, I was pooping totally clear. I was so nauseous that I decided, since I was totally clear, that I was not going to take the second bottle. I decided not to tell the doctor I only did one bottle of prep since I was still pooping totally clear. I am 5 feet and 116 pounds, and the doctor said I was 100 percent clean and did a perfect job. I am not saying everyone should only drink one bottle, but if you feel you absolutely cannot continue AND you are pooping clear, I can say it worked for me!!!"

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  • Anxious...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 11, 2020

"After reading reviews of Clenpiq, I was absolutely terrified to take it in preparation for my colonoscopy. I had nightmares about it. I have emetophobia and was so scared it would make me sick, and I'd have to cancel my appointment. BUT IT DIDN'T! In fact, I felt great and had a very smooth, easy prep. No nausea, no vomiting, no real cramping. I was gassy and had a mild, nagging headache, but all very tolerable. It doesn't taste amazing, but it's really not bad. It's just really sweet. It worked very quickly, too. I started drinking at 6 and by 7 was well on my way to being cleared out. My doctor said my prep was perfect, and he could see everything. It is now the day after my procedure, and my only complaint is that I'm still feeling the effects of Clenpiq on my bowels a bit. But it's not incapacitating at all. If you're scared of this product, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. I was truly pleasantly surprised. All that panic for nothing at all."

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  • First...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 28, 2022

"I had an 8 am appointment. Drank the first bottle of Clenpiq quickly at 3 pm the day before. Had no results by the time my second bottle was due at 9 pm, just some belly rumblings. Two hours after the first bottle, I started drinking more fluids to see if I could push things along. I thought it wasn’t working and worried my exam would be canceled. I drank the second bottle of Clenpiq at 9 pm. At 11 pm, it started to work; I had a few explosive watery diarrheas, went to sleep at 2 am. Then had three more in the clinic at 7:30 am. I had no cramping or pain. I wasn’t sure if I was bloated, but I did feel relief when my bowels started moving at 11 pm, so I must have been bloated. I had a headache in the morning. I was afraid to take any Tylenol, so I waited until after. Then I asked the nurse for Tylenol, and my headache went away. The only reason I am writing this review is to let people know that my first bowel movement wasn’t until 2 hours after my second bottle and not to lose hope. The doctor said my bowel prep was excellent."

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  • nanab...
  • February 1, 2022

"I have no complaints about the prep, dosage, or taste. However, no one has commented on the difficulty getting the cap open, so maybe I had a lemon. I struggled to get the lid off, pressing down and turning counter clockwise (as in the lid illustration) multiple times, raising my anxiety level. The lid just spun around. Finally, I don't know how, it finally worked after about 10 minutes of anxiety and sore hands. I started trying the 2nd dose 10 minutes early with the exact same effort and results, now really getting panicky because I was already halfway cleansed with my procedure scheduled and no way to access the solution. In desperation, I got in my car and drove to a 24 hour CVS for help. A young cashier tried and tried, also no luck. The pharmacy was closed/shuttered, but there was someone in there. Through the slats, I begged the pharmacist to help me open it. Not sure how she did it, but she seemed to know her products. This was a frightening experience for me."

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  • DAS
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 9, 2021

"For Bowel Preparation: This is definitely NOT a one-size-fits all. I weigh under 115 lbs (5'1").“ This was the most barbaric and traumatizing prep I’ve ever done. I would not recommend to anyone, ever, for any reason! Severe cramping, vomiting simultaneously while cleansing the colon, shaking, trouble breathing, numbness in legs and arms. Absolutely terrifying. I thought it was going to be the end of me, alone on my bathroom floor! I was given the same quantity/ prescription that a 200-400lb person would receive. This stuff is toxic! Never again.” The prep caused serious internal inflammation."

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  • Jeano
  • March 12, 2020

"I am 69 years old and have had over a dozen colonoscopies over the years due to IBD. This is absolutely the best prep EVER. Beats the gallons of stuff you had to drink in the old days. It was worth every penny."

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  • Cruz
  • March 25, 2020

"Clenpiq is much better than Miralax. I have a colonoscopy every year and a half. The last time I used Clenpiq, and I love it because you go to the bathroom less, and the doctor told me my colon was very clean, and I didn't have any side effects. It's the best. Thank you."

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  • Golfer
  • January 5, 2019

"I have had several colonoscopies and various preps over the years. This one is the easiest in terms of the amount of liquid required, however, after an hour or so after the second bottle, the vomiting began. The taste is not great, but since the bottle is so small, it is manageable. The bowel movements started about 45 minutes after the first bottle. I had no issues with cramping, etc. I also didn’t need to spend every waking moment in the bathroom, and the prep was effective (the doctor said the cleanout was excellent). I plan to request this prep for the next procedure (for me, it’s every 2 years). I usually do not post comments, etc., however, I did research this prep prior to utilizing it, and based on the reviews here I was apprehensive about it. It honestly is not as bad as some of the reviews indicate, so I wanted to share my experience in the hopes it will help relieve others' anxiety about the prep."

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  • Sally
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 13, 2020

"Just had a colonoscopy screening this morning after Clenpiq prep. I hope this encourages others with anxiety about colonoscopy prep. I was terrified of all the possible negative side effects - headache, cramping, nausea, and vomiting, and not being cleaned out after all of that. I have a sensitive stomach and don't drink a large volume of fluids. Ate a low-fiber diet for 2 days prior to prep day, and I took Zofran (anti-nausea medicine) 30 min before each prep dose. I easily drank lots of fluids yesterday - and I am NOT a chugger - and I was not hungry. My nurse said I could sip the prep - better to take 30 minutes to finish it than drink too fast and risk nausea/vomiting. It didn't taste BAD, just very sweet. The prep resulted in clear, pale yellow elimination with no cramping, extreme urgency, or other side effects. I took one Clenpiq dose at 3pm and one at 9pm yesterday. My procedure was at 7:30am today. I am SO thankful I did it - screenings are so important! I will choose Clenpiq again!"

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  • KCC
  • January 15, 2021

"This works. I always gagged on cough syrup, so I was worried. I like that each of the two doses is 6 ounces. I'm 50, so this was my first time. I'm a big water drinker with a strong stomach - not concerned about nausea. I had NO food on prep day. I had coffee in the morning, lots and lots of water (80 ounces) during the day. I started prep at 5:30 pm, taking a Reglan pill to reduce nausea. After a 30-minute wait, I began drinking the first dose. I mixed a 50-50 cocktail with Gatorade citrus. The product is extremely sweet, but I had no gagging. Bathroom trips started 30 minutes later and then hourly for the next 3 to 4 hours. I was able to sleep until 1:30 when I was due to get up again. I took the second Reglan pill and began drinking the second dose around 2 am. This one was harder to get down but still not too bad. After another hour of trips to the toilet, I was able to go back to bed until morning. The doctor said I was 'clean'. Clean results, no nausea, acceptable taste. This went as well as it could."

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  • Chooch
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 22, 2021

"This is my second colonoscopy. The first prep was an awful experience. I was scared to see how this one would go. It was much better than doing the big gallon of prep. These are 2 small bottles which have a salty sweet flavor. Much easier to take down. It does leave a nasty aftertaste, but it’s nothing like the other prep I had. I would choose this over the old-fashioned way any day. I know everyone is different, but I personally had no side effects."

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  • JJano
  • February 15, 2020

"Like many others, I was scared poop-less (pun intended). Yes, I was thinking the worst of the worst. In fact, I even convinced myself this is the end. Anyway, at 5 pm, I took my 1st Clenpiq thinking I would be throwing up. However, the formula was delicious. Not cocktail on the beach delicious, but laxative the day before my colonoscopy delicious. I drank it slowly within 5 minutes to make sure my system didn't reject it. Immediately after, I drank 5 cups of H2O to make sure I stayed hydrated. However, at 30 minutes, it kicked in & boy did it kick. At around 10 pm, I went to sleep, which surprisingly happened quickly, being that I thought this was the final chapter. Then at 2 am, my bowels had other plans. 53 minutes and a bag of wipes later, I was back in bed. The following morning, I got up and had my 2nd dose & followed the same formula from above. However, within minutes, I was back in the bathroom. Surgery went really well. In fact, I was cleaner than a showroom."

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  • Cat
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 12, 2021

"I was given this as a free sample. I understand it is quite expensive. Did not eat anything the day of prep. I was quite anxious after seeing some reviews. First bottle was at 4:00. Took 15 minutes to get down with a straw and popsicle bites in between. Kind of nasty taste but at least it is small. Kicked in about 45 minutes later. In and out of the bathroom for the next few hours. No cramps. Seemed pretty cleaned out. Took next bottle at 10:00 with same straw and popsicle. No cramps but finished going around 1:00 am. Not as bad as some people are saying. Better than the citrate prep I did last time."

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  • Lucie
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 21, 2021

"Just did this Clenpiq prep last night. After reading all the negative reviews I was a little nervous. I have a hard time getting a lot of fluid down so this prep was great for me. The taste is pretty bad yes, but I just took a few sips and chased it with water til I was done. I was able to get it down no problem and drink the required glasses of clear liquid after each dose. I did drink extra water during the day and drank a little extra after each bottle. This prep was worth every penny and very tolerable. Did not experience any side effects I saw in other reviews."

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  • KEM
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 15, 2019

"Did the split dose. Took the first dose at 5 pm. It took about 2 hours to start working. Very few cramps. The taste was not too bad, and I sucked on a cough drop while sipping it through a straw. Had no trouble drinking the needed water after. Went to bed around 9 pm and only woke up twice to use the bathroom overnight. Did the second dose of Clenpiq at 4 am. This one worked much faster. Followed up with water. The procedure went great, and I felt really good throughout the prep and after the procedure. Also, I ate light two days before the procedure and, of course, just had clear liquids the day before. Don't panic over this process. It wasn't bad at all."

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  • Lori
  • July 17, 2019

"I had only used Suprep in the past and dreaded having to go through this again. The doctor gave me the option of using Clenpiq this time and my experience was so much better. I did the low fiber diet for 3 days before and drank lots of Gatorade and fluids the day of the prep. I started my prep at 3pm and drank the first bottle with no problem. It tasted so much better than the Suprep. No comparison! It started working within 30 minutes. I was then in the bathroom for the next 3 hours with only leaving for maybe 10 minutes at a time. No cramping or pain. I started my 2nd dose at 10:00 pm. I had one episode of cramping but that went away after about 10 minutes. I had no burning or having my butt on fire like I did with the Suprep. The colonoscopy the next day went well and doctor said I was cleaned out well. I would definitely recommend this prep over Suprep any day!"

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  • Made...
  • February 11, 2020

"Today I took my first dose of clenpiq at 5:30pm. I have really bad gag reflexes so I was terrified to drink it. It took me almost an hour to get it all down. After each small swallow I chugged a glass of water and soften lemon/lime popsicle and waited until I got the taste out of my mouth. The popsicles were a life saver. They helped me not to gag. Using the straw did not help. I I also held my nose as I swallowed. I was on the toilet before I finished the first bottle. I had no cramps no vomiting and no nausea. I had a headache I followed the same pattern with the second bottle at 3:30am. I was on the toilet halfway through at 4:10am. About 5:30 am I was finished. I stayed near the bathroom at all time. Sometime during my pooping I had excruciating burning and irritation. Overall Clenpiq was not as disgusting as I thought it would be but really sweet nasty. It cleaned me out completely and my colonoscopy was fast and clean. No polyps. Did the job."

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  • 28ano
  • March 18, 2019

"I'm a 28 year old female, physically fit, and healthy. I saw gastro because I thought I had hemorrhoids. My grandfather died of colon cancer, so my doctor deemed me enough of a risk to warrant a colonoscopy, despite being so young. I did the split dose, and as someone who fears medical procedures, I can attest that this was very easy. I've seen the nightmare stories online of people running to the bathroom and staying there for a long time. I didn't have any of that. Clenpiq obviously tastes like medicine, but it's bearable and easy to drink! I experienced bowel movements 1 hour after the first dose, and periodically throughout the evening and after the second dose. It's not fun to do a colonoscopy prep and fast for 24 hours, but it was so much easier than the internet makes it seem. Clenpiq seems to work really well. I did not have any dizziness, nausea, or headaches, and by the morning I was prepared for the colonoscopy (which was also much easier than I anticipated)."

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  • Mikey
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 12, 2019

"35 y/o male with a history of colon cancer on both sides. I was dreading this due to the negative reviews and the fact that I have a very weak stomach for everything. Here’s the verdict: The liquid is clear. The taste is sweet. Like a very sweet juice. I drank the whole bottle in about three big gulps. No bad taste. No after taste. No nausea. No cramping. I was expecting to have all of these things. Nothing. I drank it chilled from the refrigerator. It began to work within 30 minutes. It created watery diarrhea. Like pure liquid. I had 12 trips to the restroom. But very manageable. It sort of feels like having a slight stomach bug. I stayed close to the restroom, and hydrated with Gatorade Zero. I will do it again without worry."

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  • Garden...
  • January 4, 2019

"I am 80 plus years old. I have had several ! colonoscopy preps. I have always had a nauseous stomach. This is the easiest prep I have ever done. The others make you drink the prep with a gallon of water which I would immediately vomit up and they tasted horrible!!! With clenpiq one x 2 bottles and a glass of liquid every hour for 5 hours a piece of cake:-) Yes it is sweet but so are the others. It worked for me."

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  • Richang
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 1, 2021

"It did the job and wasn't too unpleasant. I mean, this is not a recreational drug, right? But compared to other bowel preps, it was a much smaller volume. Each bottle is 160 ml (about 5.5 oz.) and you take the second one several hours after the first. The flavor is not great, but not terrible either, so it's not hard to drink that volume. You do have to drink 8 oz. of other liquids every hour, but those are your choice and I didn't find that hard at all. I didn't have any painful stomach cramping or nausea. Right at 1 hour after the first dose I had to go, then every 5 minutes for the first few times, but it tapers off after half an hour or so. I highly suggest applying cream back there after each "event" to minimize the irritation. My insurance wouldn't cover, but if you ask for a discount, most places will charge you only $40 to $50."

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  • Upstate...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 18, 2020

"CLENPIQ is by far the worst medication I have ever taken!! The taste is pungent, acidic, and still penetrable while holding my nose! I could not swallow once without gagging! Then there is an after taste that lingers for many hours. It feels like is has infiltrated your gums, tongue, and mucus membranes. The only decent thing I have to say is that it was effective. With all the strides in medicine there have been, and colonoscopy being a routine procedure, there must be something better than this product. I don't think any person should be subjected to this, ever! I had a colonoscopy 10-15 years ago and the prep was no big deal. If it were like this experience, I may not have had a second colonoscopy. I have been through surgeries, births, other medical procedures, and many many medications. Some have been painful or uncomfortable, but I would choose ANY of them over this!! If this is prescribed for you, please ask for something more pleasant!!!"

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