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GoLYTELY and Breastfeeding

No research has been done on GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) and breastfeeding, so it is unclear if the medication passes through breast milk. However, it appears unlikely that this would occur, since GoLYTELY is not expected to be absorbed into the blood. However, to ensure your child's safety, talk to your healthcare provider about any risks that may apply to your situation.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take GoLYTELY?

GoLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication licensed to empty the bowel before certain intestinal procedures, specifically before a colonoscopy or a barium enema x-ray examination. It is unknown if GoLYTELY passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this product.

More Information on GoLYTELY and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if GoLYTELY passes through breast milk. Because the medication is not expected to be absorbed into the blood after use, it is unlikely that it would reach the breast milk to be passed to an infant. However, because GoLYTELY has not been studied in breastfeeding women, every potential problem cannot yet be ruled out.
If you require bowel cleansing prior to an intestinal procedure, your healthcare provider may recommend GoLYTELY if safer alternatives are not an option.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and GoLYTELY with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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