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Polyethylene Glycol 3350, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Chloride Oral solution
Generic Name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes | Brand Name: GoLYTELY
What is this medicine?POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL; ELECTROLYTES (pol ee ETH i leen GLYE col; i LEK truh lahyts) is a laxative. It is used to clean out the bowel before a colonoscopy.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- any chronic disease of the intestine, stomach, or throat
- bloating or pain in stomach area
- an unusual or allergic reaction to polyethylene glycol, other medicines, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth. Before using this medicine you or your pharmacist must fill the container with the amount of water indicated on the package label. Chill solution before using to improve taste. Shake well before each dose. Your doctor will tell you what time to start this medicine. Take exactly as directed. You will usually have the first bowel movement about 1 hour after you begin drinking the solution. After that, you will have frequent watery bowel movements.
You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your doctor. Do not eat any solid foods for 3 to 4 hours before taking this medicine.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?You should talk to your doctor if you are not able to complete the bowel preparation as advised.
What may interact with this medicine?Interactions are not expected. Do not take any other medicine by mouth starting one hour before you take this medicine. Talk to your doctor about when to take your other medicines.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor if you experience any changes in bowel habits that are severe or last longer than three weeks.
Do not inhale dust from the solution powder. This can make breathing difficult or may cause sneezing or an allergic-type reaction.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- chest tightness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- anal irritation
- bloating, pain, or distension of the stomach
- hunger, thirst
- stomach gas
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store the solution in the refrigerator to improve the taste. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine 48 hours after mixing.
NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.