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GoLYTELY Instructions

In order for GoLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) to work properly, it's important to follow the directions exactly. This laxative comes with specific dosing instructions, mainly related to things like:
  • When to take it
  • How much each dose should contain
  • When to stop taking it.
This medication comes as a powder that is dissolved in lukewarm water before use. Normally, eight ounces of the mixed solution are taken every 10 minutes until bowel movements are watery and clear (which usually requires at least three liters) or until four liters are consumed. Drink each eight-ounce portion of GoLYTELY as quickly as possible, instead of drinking small amounts continuously.
Ideally, you should fast for three to four hours before using GoLYTELY. Your healthcare provider can give you more specific guidelines on how long to fast before and after using this medication, and what types of food or liquids you can consume.
(For more detailed instructions, click GoLYTELY Dosage. This article talks about how to ensure the safety and effectiveness of each dose and explains what to do if you have any questions about this.)
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