Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution (colyte®
) is a prescription medication used to cleanse the bowel prior to certain gastrointestinal (GI) procedures, such as a colonoscopy
and a barium enema
x-ray examination. It is a combination of polyethylene glycol 3350
, which is an osmotic laxative, and electrolytes, which help replace any electrolytes lost during treatment. Polyethylene glycol comes in powder form, which is dissolved in water before use.
Just like any medicine, polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution may include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal distention (stomach swelling) or bloating
- Anal irritation
- Abdominal (stomach) fullness
- Abdominal (stomach) pain or cramps.