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Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl is a laxative used for emptying the bowels before a colonoscopy. It works by drawing water into the colon, softening the stool, and increasing the frequency of bowel movements. This laxative kit comes with one bisacodyl tablet and a jug of HalfLytely powder, which is dissolved in water. Possible side effects may include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal (stomach) cramping.
What Is Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl?Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl (HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl) is a prescription medication licensed to cleanse the bowels before a colonoscopy. This product comes as a kit that contains HalfLytely powder (which is mixed with water before use) and one bisacodyl delayed-release tablet. This product was named "HalfLytely" because you will need to drink only two liters of the solution instead of the usual three to four liters for other bowel-prep products.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Overall feelings of discomfort
- Abdominal (stomach) fullness
- Abdominal (stomach) cramping