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Polyethylene Glycol-Electrolyte Solution

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Colyte®;GaviLyteT-C;GaviLyteT-G;GaviLyteT-N;GoLYTELY®;MoviPrep®;NuLYTELY®;TriLyte®
    • Brand Names: Canada: ColyteT;Klean-Prep®;PegLyte®

    Uses
    • It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
    • Polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution cleanses the bowel.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not eat solid food 2 to 4 hours before starting this drug.
    • Chill the solution to make it taste better.
    • Do not add flavorings.
    • Works best if you drink each part fast.
    • Colyte®; GaviLyteT-C; GaviLyteT-G; GaviLyteT-N; GoLYTELY®; NuLytely®; TrilyteT: Drink 1 glass every 10 minutes until all of the liquid is gone or your rectal fluid is clear.
    • MoviPrep®: You may have clear liquids or plain yogurt for dinner. Finish 1 hour before starting this drug. Mix pouch A and pouch B in container that comes with it. Add warm water and mix solution. Repeat for a second dose. Finish drug and clear liquids 1 hour before the exam.
    • Split dose:
    • Evening dose: Drink 1 glass (8 ounces) of solution every 15 minutes until gone. Then drink 2 glasses (16 ounces) of clear fluid.
    • Morning dose: Repeat the evening dose. Then drink 2 glasses (16 ounces) of clear liquid.
    • Full dose:
    • Evening dose (6 PM): Drink 1 glass (8 ounces) of solution every 15 minutes until gone.
    • 7:30 PM: Repeat 6 PM dose. Then drink 4 glasses (32 ounces) of clear liquid.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store powder at room temperature.
    • Store liquid Colyte®, GaviLyteT-C, GaviLyteT-G, GaviLyteT-N, GoLYTELY®, NuLYTELY®, and TriLyteT in a refrigerator. Throw away any part not used after 2 days.
    • Store liquid MoviPrep® in a refrigerator. Throw away any part not used after 1 day.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to polyethylene glycol or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a slow-moving bowel tract or a block in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • All products:
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If you have a bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart failure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
    • MoviPrep®:
    • If you have PKU, talk with your doctor. This product (MoviPrep®) has phenylalanine.
    • Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.

    Side Effects

    • Anal irritation.
    • Belly pain.
    • Bloating.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Feeling tired or weak.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are not able to drink the solution.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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