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This medication is used to clean out the intestines before a colonoscopy. Electrolyte with polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing you to have watery bowel movements. This cleans out the intestines so that your doctor can clearly view them during your colonoscopy.This drug may also be used for constipation that does not respond to other medications.

 
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Uses
This medication is used to clean out the intestines before a colonoscopy. Electrolyte with polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a laxative that works by drawing large amounts of water into the colon, causing you to have watery bowel movements. This cleans out the intestines so that your doctor can clearly view them during your colonoscopy.This drug may also be used for constipation that does not respond to other medications.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store the unmixed powder at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • After mixing the solution, store it in the refrigerator and use within 48 hours.
  • Discard any unused mixture.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • This medication is taken by mouth or through a nose-to-stomach tube (nasogastric tube) without food.
  • Add enough water to the powder in the provided container to fill to the 4-liter mark, and mix thoroughly.
  • If this product comes with flavor packets, add the flavor packet of your choice to the container along with the water and medication powder.
  • Do not use any flavorings other than those that may come with this product.
  • If you received the powder in packets/sachets, mix this product in the correct amount of water in a container big enough to hold the mixture as directed on the package.
  • After mixing, place the container in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Cooling the mixture will make it taste less salty.
  • Quickly drink one 8-ounce glass (240 milliliters) of the mixture every 10 minutes until you finish the entire container (4 liters), or take as directed by your doctor.
  • It is better to drink the mixture quickly than to sip it slowly.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to mix or take this product.Dosage is based on your age.Watery bowel movements usually begin 1 hour after you start to drink the mixture.
  • Since the bowel movements can be very large/watery, drink more clear liquids so that you do not lose too much body water (become dehydrated).
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Do not take any other medications by mouth within 1 hour of starting to drink the mixture because your body may not absorb the other medications.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist about rescheduling doses of other medications.Follow any special dietary restrictions or instructions given by your doctor.
  • A period of not eating is usually recommended, usually starting 3-4 hours before taking this medication and lasting until after the colonoscopy.
  • Only clear liquids are allowed during this time.
  • Eating solid food is usually allowed after the colonoscopy.

Side Effects
  • Very watery bowel movements are expected with this medication.
  • Nausea, bloating, or feelings of fullness in the stomach/abdomen are very common.
  • Stomach/abdominal cramps, vomiting, and anal irritation occur less often.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If severe bloating or abdominal pain occurs, wait longer (15-30 minutes) between each glass of the mixture, or temporarily stop drinking the mixture until the symptoms improve.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, chest pain, fainting, sudden shortness of breath.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking electrolyte with PEG, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: blocked intestines (gastrointestinal obstruction), intestines that are not moving (ileus), lack of stomach emptying, hole in the intestines, severe infection in the intestines (e.g., toxic colitis, toxic megacolon).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe ulcers/swelling of the colon (ulcerative colitis), problems with the normal urge to close the throat when the back of the mouth/throat is touched (poor gag reflex), history of vomiting easily/often, history of breathing food/other substances into the lungs.Special caution should be taken if this medication is given to an unconscious or partly conscious person.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dehydration and loss of salts in the blood (e.g., potassium, sodium).Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dehydration and loss of salts in the blood (e.g., potassium, sodium).
  • Children younger than 2 years may be more likely to develop low blood sugar from not eating.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you notice symptoms of low blood sugar in your child, such as shakiness, unusual sleepiness, abnormal/prolonged crying.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • See also How to Use section.Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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