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TriLyte Drug Interactions

If you take medications within one hour of starting TriLyte, the drugs could be flushed out of the gastrointestinal tract before your body has a chance to absorb them. To reduce your risk of interactions, you should not take any oral drugs, vitamins, or supplements within an hour of starting TriLyte. Certain medications may even need to be stopped temporarily before your colonoscopy.

An Overview of Interactions With TriLyte

TriLyte® (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. TriLyte may interact with other drugs taken within one hour of the first TriLyte dosage.
TriLyte is an osmotic laxative. It works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing frequent, watery bowel movements that empty the intestines. Any medication taken within one hour of TriLyte could be flushed out of the gastrointestinal tract before being absorbed into the body.
Therefore, you should avoid taking any oral medications, vitamins, or supplements within one hour of starting TriLyte and while you are using it. Take your medications as usual earlier in the day. If you will miss a dose of medication because of TriLyte treatment, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about when (or if) you should take the missed dose.
Also, keep in mind that certain drugs 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. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider which medications you should continue -- and which 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 your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements, even if you believe they will not interact with other drugs.

TriLyte Medication Information

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