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Side Effects of Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl

Common Side Effects

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl has been studied in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the usual dose of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl, while another group was given a higher dose of the medication. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the higher dose.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects of this laxative included:
 
  • Overall feelings of discomfort -- in up to 57 percent of people
  • Abdominal (stomach) fullness -- up to 40 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) cramping -- up to 38 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 34 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 10 percent.
 
In general, side effects occurred more often at the higher dose.
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this medication or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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