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Have to drink 1gal golytely (polyethylene glycol). 8oz/10min. Can I mix 8oz with 8oz of juice or is that way too much liquid? It makes me nauseous. Can't handle it.

Have to drink 1gal golytely (polyethylene glycol). 8oz/10min. Can I mix 8oz with 8oz of juice or is that way too much liquid? It makes me nauseous. Can't handle it.

Common problem..: The large volume bowel preps are effective if you drink the whole think over 4 hours or less, which is about one glass every 10 minutes. It will work more diluted if you still get the whole gallon down in 4 hours. There are other newer preps that are more expensive but much easier to take because it is a lot less fluid to get down and the taste is a little better. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ginger (Definition)

Human studies suggests that 1g daily of ginger may be effective for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women when used for short periods (no longer than 4 days). Several studies have found that ginger is better than placebo in relieving morning sickness. In a small study of 30 pregnant women with severe vomiting, those who took 1 gram of ginger every day for 4 days reported more relief from vomiting than those who took placebo. In a larger study of 70 pregnant women with nausea and vomiting, those who received a similar dosage of ginger felt less nauseous and did not vomit as much as those who received placebo. Pregnant women should ask their doctor before taking ginger, and should be careful not take more ...Read more


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What are the benefits and risks for taking golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

What are the benefits and risks for taking golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Risk vs benefits: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative that is helpful for cleaning out the GI tract prior to surgery. Possible side effects are mallory- weiss tear- (very rare), nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, rawness of anus, hypersensitivity. Get help asap for an allergic reaction with swelling of tongue, lips or throat (difficulty breathing & hives). Call physician for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take golytely (polyethylene glycol) too frequently?

Is it bad to take golytely (polyethylene glycol) too frequently?

GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol): It is an intestinal cleanser before intestinal procedures such as colonoscopy. It is made of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution & contains potassium & sodium, works as a laxative. Too frequent use can lead to electrolyte imbalances. ...Read more

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What else can I do for my colonoscopy if I can't drink the golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

What else can I do for my colonoscopy if I can't drink the golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Enema: The purpose of the Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is to clean the bowel so that on passing the scope the endocopist can define small lesions with no obstruction from retained stool. The Golytely (polyethylene glycol) absorbs water into the bowel acting as a cleansing agent. Any replacement will suffice, that is by an oral intake free of roughage for several days, clear liquid diet 2-3 days before, the use of Haleys MO and a Fleets enema ...Read more

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Which tastes better, magnesium citrate or golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Depends: Which is better, chocolate ice cream or vanilla. Taste is very subjective. Most people will prefer the GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) initially but start to dislike it long before the gallon is gone. Magnesium citrate is worse intially but there is much less of it. Magnesium citrate also causes more cramping in most people. ...Read more

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How many time will I drink four liter of golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Ask your doc: I think you are asking over what time period you can drink the golytely (polyethylene glycol). There should be some instructions on the bottle, if not ask the person who ordered the study for which you are preparing. Generally it should be drunk as quickly as you can tolerate without feeling nausea. However, how long before the procedure will depend on what time it is scheduled and again it is best to ask the doc. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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If I take another bottle of masgnesium citrate, would I still need to take golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Follow instructions: I would call your doctor's office and ask directly what they want you to do. It's very important to follow the protocol you've been given. It's awful tasting stuff, though. I know. ...Read more

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

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

Discuss: Your prep with the endoscopist scheduled to perform the exam. Discuss your preferences with the doctor and do it quickly as you don't have enough time to dally if you expect to get the scope successfully completed. ...Read more

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Would it be okay to drink 1/2gal golytely (polyethylene glycol) with 1/2gal juice instead of full 1gal golytely (polyethylene glycol)? Can't handle it.

No: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is specially formulated to clean the colon without sodium absorption or electrolyte imbalance. Adding juices or sugar drinks may alter the electrolytes in your body. ...Read more

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What's safer with less side effects suprep or golytely (polyethylene glycol) in my opinion golytely (polyethylene glycol) is but requires a lot more of liquids vs suprep with worse side effects?

Equal: If taken properly they are equally safe. Suprep is easier to take because the volume is less. Given the large volume required for Golytely (polyethylene glycol) I rarely recommend it, except in hospitalized patients since it is more available. Both should be taken in split doses, both the evening before and about 4 hrs before the procedure for best results. ...Read more

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GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol) does it contain Psyllium or sulfar? Deathly allergic to sulfar and really don't like the thoughts of psyllium! Is a colonscopy safe?

No: GoLYTLEY is used almost exclusively for bowel prep prior to colonoscopy rather than psyllium which is a bulk forming stool softner. GoLytley is polyethylene glycol which in a small amount of liquid, further absorbs larger quantities of water into the intestine where it tends to liquefy fecal material and cleanse the GI tract. There is no other component to GoLytley tbat can cause side effects. ...Read more

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Was only able to handle about half gal of golytely (polyethylene glycol) before midnight, but stool is light yellow, see through, almost clear. Was it enough?

Was only able to handle about half gal of golytely (polyethylene glycol) before midnight, but stool is light yellow, see through, almost clear. Was it enough?

Golytely (polyethylene glycol): You need to have clear stool without fecal material to be considered as adequate prep. If you still have yellow stool, this might not be adequate for us to examine your colon thoroughly. Do the best you can. You don't have to drink all of it. As long as your stool is clear, it should be ok. ...Read more

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My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

Maybe: Until you have had a thorough evaliuation by a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon, I would not use it. One needs to determine the cause of the constipation and remedy that first. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Polyethylene Glycol (Definition)

Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Golytely (Definition)

GoLytely is a laxative which is a ...Read more