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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


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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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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

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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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Golytely (Definition)

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