Polyethylene Glycol; Electrolytes; Ascorbic Acid oral solution bowel prep kit

Polyethylene Glycol; Electrolytes; Ascorbic Acid oral solution bowel prep kit

July 17, 2018

Polyethylene Glycol; Electrolytes; Ascorbic Acid oral solution bowel prep kit

What is this medicine?

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL; ELECTROLYTES (pol ee ETH i leen GLYE col; i LEK truh lahyts) bowel prep kit is a laxative. It is used to clean out the bowel before a colonoscopy.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Before using, you or your pharmacist must add the medicine in each pouch into the provided container. Then lukewarm water must be added up to the fill line indicated on the container. Chill solution before using to improve taste. Shake well before each dose. Your doctor will tell you what time to start this medicine. Take exactly as directed. You will need to drink additional clear fluids after each dose. You will usually have the first bowel movement about 1 hour after you begin drinking the solution. After that, you will have frequent watery bowel movements.

You will need to follow a special diet before your procedure. Talk to your doctor. Do not eat any food at least 1 hour before taking this medicine. You may drink clear liquids while taking this medicine and up until 2 hours before colonoscopy.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • seizures

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • anal irritation

  • bloating, pain, or distension of the stomach

  • headache

  • hunger, thirst

  • nausea

  • stomach gas

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take any other medicine by mouth starting one hour before you take this medicine. Talk to your doctor about when to take your other medicines.

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for kidney disease

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin

  • diuretics

  • laxatives

  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

What if I miss a dose?

You should talk to your doctor if you are not able to complete the bowel preparation as advised.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the solution in the refrigerator to improve the taste. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine 24 hours after mixing.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any chronic disease of the intestine, stomach, or throat

  • bloating or pain in stomach area

  • dehydration

  • difficulty swallowing

  • G6PD deficiency

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • low levels of sodium in the blood

  • phenylketonuria

  • seizures

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to polyethylene glycol, other medicines, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor if you experience any changes in bowel habits that are severe or last for long periods of time.

Do not inhale dust from the solution powder. This can make breathing difficult or may cause sneezing or an allergic-type reaction.

Bloating may occur before the first bowel movement. If your discomfort continues while you are drinking the solution, stop drinking the solution temporarily or drink each portion with longer spaces in between until your symptoms disappear. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you have any concerns.


July 17, 2018