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Precautions and Warnings With Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl

If you are using polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl for emptying the bowels, it is important to know that this laxative may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions. For example, you should not use this laxative if you have a bowel obstruction or gastric retention. Other safety precautions and warnings with polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl apply to people with certain allergies.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl (HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Ever had a seizure
  • Difficulty swallowing or problems with vomiting
  • A hole in the bowel (bowel perforation)
  • Intestinal blockage (obstruction)
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain, abdominal distention (swelling), or nausea and vomiting, which could be signs of bowel obstruction
  • An electrolyte problem, such as low blood sodium (hyponatremia) or potassium (hypokalemia)
  • Dietary restrictions that require a low-salt diet
  • Stomach or bowel problems, including gastric retention, ulcerative colitis, toxic colitis, toxic megacolon, or ileus
  • A heart rhythm problem (arrhythmia) or condition called QT prolongation
  • Heart problems, such as heart failure or a recent heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Recently been withdrawing from alcohol
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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