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Polyethylene Glycol-Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl


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    • Brand Names: U.S.: HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl

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


    How to take

    • Do not eat solid food while taking this drug.
    • Swallow bisacodyl tablet whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Mix powder with water only as you have been told.
    • Only add flavors that come with the kit.
    • Start drinking the solution after first bowel movement or 6 hours after taking the bisacodyl tablet.
    • Chill the solution to make it taste better.
    • Drink 8 ounces quickly every 10 minutes until gone.

    Missed Dose

    • This drug is taken on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.



    • Please read the medication guide.


    • If you have an allergy to polyethylene glycol, bisacodyl, 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 any of these health problems: Hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, bowel block, or a slow-moving bowel tract.


    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Do not take antacids within 1 hour of the bisacodyl tablet.
    • Do not take any other drugs 1 hour before or while drinking the solution.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Bloating.
    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up.


    • 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.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • 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 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.

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