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NuLYTELY Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With NuLYTELY

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
  • Do not add any additional ingredients to NuLYTELY, including flavorings or other liquids. You may use one of the flavor packets that sometimes come with the medication. Throw out the flavor packets that you do not use.
  • NuLYTELY should be used with caution in people with an inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. If you have this condition, talk to your healthcare provider before starting NuLYTELY.
  • If severe abdominal (stomach) swelling, bloating, or discomfort occurs while using NuLYTELY, temporarily stop taking the medication or try drinking each portion more slowly until the symptoms lessen. Some temporary abdominal (stomach) discomfort and swelling are normal when you first start drinking NuLYTELY.
  • NuLYTELY does not contain calories, and cases of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) from not eating have been reported in children less than two years of age using this medication. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you notice any symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as:
    • Shakiness
    • Dizziness
    • Sweating
    • Sleepiness
    • Confusion.
  • Children may be at risk for developing dehydration and low blood potassium (hypokalemia) when using this medication. Symptoms of dehydration may include:
    • Decreased urination or dry diapers
    • Dry mouth, tongue, or lips
    • A sunken fontanelle ("soft spot" on the front of the skull) in babies
    • Fussiness, irritability, or excessive crying
    • Less activity than normal.
  • People with difficulty swallowing, with an impaired gag reflex, who are unconscious or partly conscious, or who otherwise may be at risk of vomiting and potentially breathing in (aspirating) NuLYTELY solution should be watched closely during NuLYTELY administration, especially if this laxative is given via a nasogastric (NG) tube.
  • People with a hole or blockage in the intestines (bowel perforation or obstruction) should not use this medication. If you have symptoms of intestinal perforation or obstruction, your healthcare provider will need to perform tests to make sure you do not have these conditions before using NuLYTELY. Symptoms of a bowel obstruction or perforation may include:
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
    • Abdominal (stomach) distention or swelling
    • Abdominal (stomach) pain and cramping.
  • Rare cases of an allergic reaction have been reported in some people using NuLYTELY. If you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as a skin rash, hives, or itching, while using NuLYTELY, stop the medication and talk to a healthcare provider.
  • NuLYTELY is likely to interact with other oral medications taken within one hour of starting treatment (see NuLYTELY Drug Interactions).
  • NuLYTELY is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that this medication may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using NuLYTELY during pregnancy (see NuLYTELY and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if NuLYTELY passes through breast milk, although it is not thought to do so. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see NuLYTELY and Breastfeeding).

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