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NuLYTELY Drug Interactions

If you take medications within one hour of starting NuLYTELY, the medications could be flushed out of the gastrointestinal tract before your body has a chance to absorb them. There are also some medications that you may have to stop taking prior to having a colonoscopy, although that does not mean they will directly cause a drug interaction with NuLYTELY.

An Overview of Interactions With NuLYTELY

NuLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication approved to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy in adults and children six months of age and older. This laxative may interact with other medications taken within one hour of the first NuLYTELY dose.
NuLYTELY is an osmotic laxative. It works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing frequent, watery bowel movements that clean out the intestines. Any medication taken within one hour of NuLYTELY could be flushed out of the gastrointestinal tract before being absorbed by the body.
Therefore, you should avoid taking any oral medications, vitamins, or supplements within one hour of starting NuLYTELY, and while you are using this laxative. Take your medications as usual earlier in the day. If you will miss a medication dose because of NuLYTELY treatment, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about when you should take the missed dose.
Although not directly a NuLYTELY interaction, certain medications should not be taken in the days before, or the morning of, a colonoscopy. Some medications may even need to be stopped a week prior to the colonoscopy. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider about which medications you should continue to take, and which ones are best avoided, in the days leading up to your procedure.

Final Thoughts

It is a good idea to make sure your healthcare provider has a complete list of all your medications. Therefore, you should always tell all of your healthcare providers about all of the medications you are taking (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements), even if you believe they will not interact with other medications.

NuLYTELY Medication Information

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