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HalfLytely Bowel Prep

If you have an upcoming colonoscopy, your healthcare provider may prescribe HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl) to help prepare the bowel. This laxative is used to help empty the bowels by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, softening the stool, and causing frequent, watery bowel movements.
The HalfLytely and Bisacodyl kit comes with one bisacodyl tablet and a jug of HalfLytely powder (to be dissolved in water before use). Normally, the bisacodyl tablet is taken first, and the HalfLytely solution is started after the first bowel movement, or six hours later (whichever comes first).
A colonoscopy is a common medical procedure used to screen for colon and rectal cancer, as well as possible causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits. It is important that your healthcare provider can see inside your large intestine or colon during a colonoscopy. Any stool inside the colon may hide important findings. For this reason, the bowels are prepped, or cleaned out, prior to a colonoscopy.
(To learn more about how to prep the bowels before a colonoscopy, click HalfLytely and Bisacodyl. This article covers how this laxative works, possible side effects, general dosing information, and more.)
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