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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Golytely (Overview)

GoLytely is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
42 doctors shared insights

Golytely (Overview)

GoLytely is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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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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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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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

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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?

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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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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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

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