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How Does Colyte Work?

As a laxative, colyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is used to empty the bowels the night before a colonoscopy or a barium enema x-ray exam. It is approved for adults only and is available in both brand-name and generic form.
How does it work? As an osmotic laxative, colyte draws large amounts of water into the colon. It is this action that softens the stool and stimulates bowel movements. The resulting watery bowel movements flush out the intestines.
(To more details on how this drug works, click Colyte. This article also talks about what to expect while taking this medication, important precautions to take, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
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