What is this medication?

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL; ELECTROLYTES; ASCORBIC ACID (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.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.


What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

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

How should I use this medication?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Before using this medicine you must mix this medicine with the amount of water indicated on the package label. Do not combine with other liquids and/or starch-based thickeners (e.g., flour, cornstarch, arrowroot, tapioca, xanthan gum). Your doctor will tell you what time to start this medicine. Take exactly as directed. 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 health care provider regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

Talk to your health care provider if you are not able to complete the bowel preparation as advised.

What may interact with this medication?

Do not take any other medicine by mouth starting 1 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:

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Contact your doctor or health care provider if you have any concerns about your bowel prep.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

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

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

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

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.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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