Is NuLYTELY Safe While Breastfeeding?
(polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution
) is a prescription laxative medication approved to empty the bowel before a colonoscopy
. It comes as a powder that is mixed with water before use. It is unknown whether NuLYTELY passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this laxative.
What Does the Research Say About Breastfeeding and NuLYTELY?
No research has been done to see if NuLYTELY passes through breast milk. It is expected that this laxative passes through the body without being absorbed. Therefore, it would not be likely to reach the breast milk, or pass to a nursing infant. However, because NuLYTELY has not been studied in women who are breastfeeding, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
If you require bowel cleansing prior to a gastrointestinal procedure, your healthcare provider may recommend NuLYTELY in the absence of safer options.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and NuLYTELY 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.