The laxative colyte comes in the form of a powder that is mixed with water and drunk every 10 minutes (it normally takes about an hour before you have your first bowel movement). Keep drinking eight ounces every 10 minutes until the stool is watery and clear, or until you have consumed four liters. For colyte to work properly, take your dosage exactly as prescribed.
There is only one standard recommended dose for colyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution). As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The recommended colyte dosage for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy or barium enema x-ray examination is eight ounces (240 mL) every 10 minutes until bowel movements are watery and clear, or until four liters are consumed. Usually, at least three liters are needed for watery and clear stool. Each eight-ounce portion should be consumed as quickly as possible, instead of slowly over the 10-minute period.
colyte can be given via nasogastric (NG) tube for people who are unwilling or unable to swallow the medication. The dose for NG administration is 20 to 30 mL of colyte per minute (1.2 to 1.8 liters per hour).
The powder needs to be mixed with water prior to use. Prepare colyte by following these steps:
- colyte may be used flavored or unflavored. Unflavored colyte will have a mild salty taste. If flavoring is desired, add one flavor pack to the container, and discard the remainder of the flavor packs.
- If a flavor pack was added, shake the container well to mix the flavoring with the powder.
- Add lukewarm tap water to the fill line. Cap the bottle tightly and shake well until all the ingredients have dissolved.