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NuLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a drug used to empty the bowel before a colonoscopy procedure. It is available by prescription only and is consumed in eight-ounce portions every 10 minutes until four liters are consumed or bowel movements are watery and clear (which usually requires at least three liters).
As a type of osmotic laxative, NuLYTELY works by drawing water into the colon, which softens the stool and causes frequent, watery bowel movements. These bowel movements usually cleanse the bowel within four hours.
Although the medicine is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking NuLYTELY, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have a hole in the bowel, intestinal blockage, or inflammatory bowel disease.
(For more information on this laxative, click NuLYTELY. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)