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GoLYTELY Side Effects

Up to 50 percent of people taking GoLYTELY develop side effects such as stomach bloating, nausea, and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen. In most cases, reactions to this laxative are minor and don't require medical attention. However, some problems are more serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider, including pain in the esophagus, difficulty breathing, or rectal bleeding.

An Introduction to GoLYTELY Side Effects

Just like any medicine, GoLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with GoLYTELY. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of GoLYTELY

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including GoLYTELY, include only vague side effect information, with no exact percentages. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common the side effects of such medications may be.
The most common reactions to GoLYTELY, occurring in up to 50 percent of people, include:
  • Nausea
  • A feeling of abdominal (stomach) fullness
  • Stomach bloating.
Other common side effects may include:
  • Stomach cramping
  • Vomiting
  • Anal irritation.
These problems usually only last for a short time.

GoLYTELY Medication Information

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