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HalfLytely Colon Preparation

If you are going to have a colonoscopy, a healthcare provider may prescribe HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl). This medication is a type of laxative that is typically started the day before the scheduled procedure.
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.
When emptying out the colon with the HalfLytely and Bisacodyl preparation kit, take the bisacodyl tablet first and begin the HalfLytely solution after the first bowel movement, or six hours later (whichever comes first). These laxatives work by drawing water into the colon, softening the stool, and causing frequent bowel movements.
(For more information on colon preparation with this laxative, click HalfLytely and Bisacodyl. This article further discusses how this product works, whether it is safe for use in children, and possible off-label uses.)
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