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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