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GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl

Generic Name: Polyethylene Glycol-Electrolyte Solution and Bisacodyl (pol i ETH i leen GLY kol ee LEK troe lite soe LOO shun & bis a KOE dil)
Brand Name: GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl, PEG-Prep and Bisacodyl

Uses of GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl:

  • It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl?

  • If you have an allergy to polyethylene glycol, bisacodyl, or any other part of GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl (polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution and bisacodyl).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged colon, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
  • If you have electrolyte (like sodium, potassium, phosphate) problems.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl) best taken?

Use GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Tablet:

  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Take with a full glass of water.
  • Do not take antacids within 1 hour of this medicine.

Powder:

  • Take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl as your doctor has told you. Follow all instructions you have been given closely. This includes when to take this medicine, foods and drinks to avoid before the exam, and when to stop eating and drinking before the exam. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Do not take other drugs within 1 hour of starting GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl. Talk with your doctor about how to take your other drugs with this medicine.
  • Mix with water as told before you take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl. Do not swallow the dry powder.
  • Some products come with flavors that can be added to the solution. Only add flavors that come with the kit.
  • Chill the solution to make it taste better.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Drink clear liquids before, during, and after taking this medicine. Do not drink any liquids that are purple or red.
  • Works best if you drink each part fast.
  • Do not eat solid food while taking GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl (polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution and bisacodyl).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Call your doctor if you are not able to finish this medicine before your exam.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • This medicine may cause you to be dehydrated or have electrolyte problems. Rarely, this may be very bad or deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you get very dizzy, pass out, feel very tired or weak, or have a fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or seizures. Tell your doctor right away if you have headache, mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, more thirst, not hungry, dry mouth, dry eyes, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, if you are unable to pass urine, or if you have a change in the amount of urine produced.

What are some other side effects of GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Bloating.
  • Feeling full.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stomach cramps.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl?

  • Store powder at room temperature.
  • Store tablets at room temperature.
  • Store liquid in a refrigerator. Throw away any part not used after 2 days.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to GaviLyte-H and Bisacodyl. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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