NuLYTELY and Pregnancy
Although there is not a significant amount of information available on using NuLYTELY during pregnancy, it is not expected that this medication would cause fetal harm. This is because the medication is not expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, because of the unknown risks, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that pregnant women only use NuLYTELY when clearly needed.
Can Pregnant Women Take NuLYTELY?NuLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription laxative used to empty the bowel before a colonoscopy. At this time, it is unknown if NuLYTELY is safe for use during pregnancy.
What Is Pregnancy Category C?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a pregnancy category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans, but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
Medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
There is very little information available about using NuLYTELY during pregnancy. It has not been studied in pregnant animals or women. Because NuLYTELY is not expected to be absorbed into the blood, it would be unlikely to cause fetal harm. However, because of the lack of pregnancy studies on NuLYTELY, all potential risks cannot be ruled out.
In general, a pregnancy Category C medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. The manufacturer of NuLYTELY recommends that this laxative should only be given to pregnant women if it is clearly needed. If you need bowel preparation before a colonoscopy during pregnancy, your healthcare provider may recommend NuLYTELY.