HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Side Effects

Generic Name: bisacodyl / polyethylene glycol 3350 / potassium chloride / sodium bicarbonate / sodium chloride

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of bisacodyl / polyethylene glycol 3350 / potassium chloride / sodium bicarbonate / sodium chloride. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name HalfLytely and Bisacodyl.

Not all side effects for HalfLytely and Bisacodyl may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to bisacodyl / polyethylene glycol 3350 / potassium chloride / sodium bicarbonate / sodium chloride: solution, tablet

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Discomfort; feeling of being full or bloated; mild stomach pain, cramping, or discomfort; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking bisacodyl / polyethylene glycol 3350 / potassium chloride / sodium bicarbonate / sodium chloride:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); decreased urination; fainting; irregular heartbeat; rectal bleeding; seizures; severe or persistent nausea; severe or persistent stomach pain, bloating, cramping, or discomfort; symptoms of dehydration (eg, very dry mouth or eyes, increased thirst, fast heartbeat, dizziness, headache, sluggishness); vomiting.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bisacodyl / polyethylene glycol 3350 / potassium chloride / sodium bicarbonate / sodium chloride: oral kit

Gastrointestinal

Mallory-Weiss tears are quite rare with administration of PEG-ELS. In one study it occurred in only 0.06% of over 3,000 patients.

Complete rectal prolapse was reported in a 71-year-old who had been given 4 L of PEG-ELS. The patient was observed for 2 days and had no recurrence of the prolapse.

During administration of PEG-ELS (4 liters) two deaths occurred in patients with end-stage renal failure following the development of vomiting, diarrhea and dysnatremia.

Gastrointestinal side effects have been reported the most frequently. These have included nausea (17.1%), cramping (9.1%), abdominal fullness (22.3%), vomiting (5.9%) and overall discomfort (19.1%).

A small percentage of patients who received PEG-ELS have reportedly experienced Mallory-Weiss tears of the esophagus and esophageal perforation. In addition, at least one case of rectal prolapse has been reported.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects reported with PEG-ELS have rarely included urticaria and dermatitis.

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects of PEG-ELS have included arrhythmias and asystole.

Cardiac arrhythmias, especially increased ventricular ectopy, have been associated with PEG-ELS use.

The manufacturer notes an isolated case of asystole following ingestion of PEG-ELS in a geriatric patient (equal to or greater than 60 years of age).

Hypersensitivity

A 70-year-old male developed shortness of breath, wheezing, skin flushing, and lowered blood pressure after drinking a second glass of PEG-ELS.

Hypersensitivity side effects with PEG-ELS have rarely included anaphylaxis.

Other

Other side effects with PEG-ELS have included rhinorrhea.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects with PEG-ELS have included sudden dyspnea with pulmonary edema, and 'butterfly-like' infiltrate on chest X-ray.

The manufacturer notes isolated reports of 'butterfly-like' infiltrate on chest X-ray following vomiting and aspiration of PEG-ELS and sudden dyspnea with pulmonary edema in geriatric patients (equal to or greater than 60-years-old).

Nervous system

Tonic-clonic seizures have been reported in patients with and without previous history of seizures following administration of PEG-ELS (4 liters).

Nervous system side effects have included tonic-clonic seizures.

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