If you are scheduled to have a colonoscopy, your healthcare provider may recommend using colyte (a type of laxative) to empty the bowels. It's important for your healthcare provider to be able to see inside your colon, and any stool remaining in the colon can block important findings. colyte is also approved for cleansing the bowels in preparation for a barium enema x-ray.
What Is Colyte Used For?colyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication licensed for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy or barium enema x-ray examinations. It comes in the form of a powder, which is dissolved in water before use.
A colonoscopy is a common medical procedure used to screen for colon and rectal cancer. It may also be done to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits.
During a colonoscopy, your physician will insert a long, flexible, lighted tube (called a colonoscope) into your rectum and slowly guide it into your colon. This scope transmits an image of the inside of the colon, allowing your healthcare provider to carefully examine the lining of the colon. Your healthcare provider will look for any problems, such as abnormal growths (polyps), ulcers, or inflammation. If polyps are seen, they can be removed during the procedure.
(Click Colonoscopy Procedure for more information about what to expect.)
It is very important for your healthcare provider to clearly see inside your large intestine or colon during a colonoscopy. Any stool inside your colon may hide important findings.
For this reason, the bowels are emptied out prior to a colonoscopy. This bowel cleansing is sometimes called colonoscopy preparation or bowel preparation. Medications like colyte are used to empty the bowels and prepare them for a colonoscopy.
(Click Colonoscopy Prep to learn about other things that are done prior to this procedure.)