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Colyte Drug Interactions

To reduce the risk of interactions with colyte, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your current medications. Because colyte draws large amounts of water into the colon, it can potentially flush away any drug that has been taken within an hour of the first colyte dosage. For this reason, it's important to avoid taking any other medications within an hour of starting this laxative.

An Overview of Interactions With Colyte

colyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication approved to empty the bowel before a colonoscopy or barium enema x-ray examination. colyte may interact with other drugs taken within one hour of the first colyte dosage.
 
colyte is an osmotic laxative. It empties the bowel by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, which causes frequent, watery bowel movements. Any medication taken within one hour of starting colyte may be flushed out of the gastrointestinal tract with the watery bowel movements, thus preventing it from being absorbed into the body.
 
Therefore, avoid taking any oral medications, vitamins, or supplements within one hour of starting colyte and during its use. You may take your drugs as usual earlier in the day. If you will miss a medication dose because of colyte treatment, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about when you should take the missed medication.
 
Keep in mind that certain medications should not be taken in the days before or the morning of a colonoscopy. Some medications may even need to be stopped a week prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider which medications you should continue and which are best avoided in the days leading up to your colonoscopy.
 

Final Thoughts

Finally, it is a good idea to make sure your healthcare provider has a complete list of all your medications. Therefore, you should always tell your healthcare provider about all of the products you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements, even if you believe they will not interact with other medications.
 

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