Drugs Home > Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution
Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution is a prescription laxative used to empty the bowel before certain gastrointestinal procedures. It works by drawing water into the colon, softening the stool, and causing watery bowel movements. It comes in the form of a powder, which is dissolved in water and swallowed every 10 minutes, usually until three to four liters are consumed.
What Is Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution?Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution (colyte®, GoLYTELY®, MoviPrep®, NuLYTELY®, TriLyte®) 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.
Are There Side Effects?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.
- Abdominal distention (stomach swelling) or bloating
- Anal irritation
- Abdominal (stomach) fullness
- Abdominal (stomach) pain or cramps.