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It is unclear if TriLyte passes through breast milk. However, it seems unlikely that this would happen, since the product is not expected to be absorbed into the body. Because every woman's situation is different, talk to your healthcare provider about TriLyte and breastfeeding before starting treatment.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take TriLyte?

TriLyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication used to empty the bowel before a colonoscopy. It works by causing frequent, watery stools that cleanse the intestines. It is unknown whether TriLyte passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this product.

More Information About TriLyte and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if TriLyte passes through breast milk. The product is not expected to be absorbed into the body and would, therefore, not likely reach the breast milk to pass to an infant. However, because TriLyte has not been adequately studied in breastfeeding women, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
If you require a colonoscopy while breastfeeding, your healthcare provider may recommend a medication like TriLyte to empty the bowel. It is important for the doctor to get a clear image of the inside of your intestines during the colonoscopy. Any stool or matter remaining in the bowel might block important findings.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and TriLyte with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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