Healthcare providers typically prescribe NuLYTELY to help cleanse the bowels for a colonoscopy procedure. This prescription laxative works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, which softens the stool and causes watery bowel movements. These bowel movements usually cleanse the bowel within four hours. On occasion, NuLYTELY is used "off-label" to cleanse the bowel before other gastrointestinal procedures.
NuLYTELY® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a prescription medication given to empty the bowels before a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is a common medical procedure used to screen for colon and rectal cancer. It is also done to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits.
During a colonoscopy, your physician will insert a long, flexible, lighted tube (called a colonoscope) into your rectum and slowly guide it into your colon. The colonoscope transmits an image of the inside of the colon so your healthcare provider can carefully examine the lining of the colon.
Your healthcare provider will look for any problems, such as abnormal growths (polyps), ulcers, or inflammation. If polyps are seen, they can be removed during the procedure (see Colonoscopy Procedure for more information about what to expect during a colonoscopy).
It is very important that your healthcare provider can see inside your large intestine or colon during a colonoscopy. Any stool inside the colon may hide important findings. For this reason, the bowels are prepped, or cleaned out, prior to a colonoscopy. Medications like NuLYTELY are used to empty the bowels and prepare them for a colonoscopy (see Colonoscopy Prep to learn about other things that are done to prepare for a colonoscopy).