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What Is GoLYTELY?

If you are getting ready to have a colonoscopy or barium enema x-ray, your healthcare provider may instruct you to take GoLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) beforehand. What is this product used for? GoLYTELY is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon. It softens the stool and causes watery bowel movements -- these actions aid in emptying the colon completely, allowing your doctor to see your colon more clearly.
 
GoLYTELY comes in the form of a powder that is mixed with lukewarm water and drunk in eight-ounce doses every 10 minutes until bowel movements are watery and clear, or until four liters are consumed.
 
(Click GoLYTELY for a more in-depth look at this prescription drug, including what you should know before taking it. Other topics discussed include side effects, available strengths, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.)
 
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