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GoLYTELY Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With GoLYTELY

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
  • Do not add any ingredients to GoLYTELY, including flavorings or other liquids. You may use the pineapple flavor packet that comes with the product.
  • GoLYTELY should be used with caution in people with an inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. If you have this condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking this product.
  • If severe abdominal swelling (distention), bloating, or discomfort occurs while using GoLYTELY, temporarily stop taking the medication or try drinking each eight-ounce portion more slowly until the symptoms lessen. Some temporary abdominal discomfort and swelling are normal when you first start drinking GoLYTELY.
  • People with difficulty swallowing, an impaired gag reflex, or who otherwise may be at risk of vomiting and potentially breathing in (aspirating) GoLYTELY solution should be closely watched while the laxative is being consumed, especially if it is being given via a nasogastric (NG) tube.
  • People with a hole or blockage in the intestines (bowel perforation or obstruction) should not use this medication. If you have symptoms of intestinal perforation or obstruction, your healthcare provider will need to perform tests to make sure you do not have these conditions before using GoLYTELY. Symptoms may include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Abdominal distention or swelling
    • Abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Rare cases of an allergic reaction have been reported in some people using GoLYTELY. If you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as a skin rash, hives, or itching while using this product, stop taking it and talk to a healthcare provider.
  • GoLYTELY is likely to react with other oral medications taken within one hour of starting treatment (see GoLYTELY Drug Interactions).
  • GoLYTELY is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this laxative when pregnant (see GoLYTELY and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if GoLYTELY passes through breast milk, though it is not thought to do so. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see GoLYTELY and Breastfeeding).

GoLYTELY Medication Information

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