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TriLyte Prep

Taking a laxative in addition to fasting before your colonoscopy is known as "bowel prep." Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on when to start your bowel prep and how long it should last.
TriLyte® (polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution) is a laxative commonly prescribed as part of a person's bowel prep. As an osmotic laxative, it draws water into the colon, which softens the stool and causes watery bowel movements, eventually allowing the bowels to become completely empty.
The medication comes in the form of a powder that is mixed in water. It is usually taken the night before the colonoscopy. The normal dose is eight ounces of the mixed solution every 10 minutes until four liters are consumed or until bowel movements are watery and clear (which usually requires at least three liters).
(For more details on bowel prep, click TriLyte Uses. This article also talks about using TriLyte in children and older adults.)
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