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Side Effects of Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl

It is possible that side effects may occur with polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl, but they are generally mild and easy to treat. Some of the most common reactions can include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal (stomach) cramping. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience rectal bleeding, excessive cramping, or difficulty breathing while taking this laxative.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl

As with any medicine, polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl (HalfLytely® and Bisacodyl) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl Side Effects

Some polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution and bisacodyl side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
 
  • Unexplained fever and chills
  • Signs of dehydration, such as:
 
    • Thirst
    • Less frequent urination
    • Dry skin
    • Fatigue
    • Lightheadedness
    • Dark-colored urine
 
  • Unusual or excessive cramps, bloating, and abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Severe or excessive vomiting
  • Vomiting bright-red blood
  • Pain in the esophagus or difficulty swallowing
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Fainting, which may occur upon standing.
 
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