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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can i use miralax (polyethylene glycol) instead of golytely to prepare for my colonoscopy tomorrow?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is similar to GoLytely except MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) has no electrolytes like sodium, chlorid and potassium. It will clean you out well if taken as directed by your physician. But a word of caution: you can cause an electrolyte imbalance when using it as a prep for colonoscopy, which could impact your fluid and electrolytes , leading to cardiac invents during anesthesia. Daily use of a capful, no problem.
Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Use large 255 gm bottle in 2 liters gatorade plus fleets enema plus 2 docolax pills.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) and gatorade to prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow, or do I have to use golytely?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Maybe: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has ingredients simialr to the peg preps like go-lytely. Howver, the commercial preps are balanced in the make-up of the chemicals and have been tested for safety and efficacy. The miralax/gatorade prep may not produce adequate cleansing so your procedure will be unsuccessful and will have to be redone. Also the electrolyte imbalance can be harmful, .

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