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Often works too well: Unfortunately for its huge volume and not-so-good taste, some people are not able to drink the entire gallon; otherwise it often works very well for those able to drink it. As a matter of fact I have never encounter any patient complaining that it did not work--often it works too well--going to bathroom too many times! so, if you can take, I am quite confident that it will work. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) instead of golytely to prepare for my colonoscopy tomorrow?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) and gatorade to prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow, or do I have to use golytely?
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.
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
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
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
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
Went to ER due to severe constipation. Was prescribed 4 L of GoLytely (polyethylene glycol). Have had 56oz over 3 hrs & no BM yet. Is this normal to have not gone yet?
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