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Medications for Bowel Preparation

Bowel preparation is the process of cleansing the intestines of fecal material, usually undertaken before a diagnostic procedure or treatment such as a colonoscopy.

Drugs used for Bowel Preparation

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
MiraLAX 5.0 28 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

polyethylene glycol 3350 5.1 36 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Brand names:  MiraLAX, ClearLax, PEG3350, GlycoLax, GaviLAX, Gialax, SunMark ClearLax …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

bisacodyl 5.5 117 reviews
OTC B N

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Brand names:  Dulcolax, Correctol, Fleet Bisacodyl, Bisa-Lax …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Suprep Bowel Prep Kit 7.1 1602 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Dulcolax 5.2 87 reviews
OTC B N

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

MoviPrep 6.9 369 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GoLYTELY 5.9 61 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

erythromycin Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Brand names:  Ery-Tab, EryPed, Erythrocin, Erythrocin Lactobionate, E.E.S. Granules, Eryc, PCE Dispertab …show all

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

PEG-3350 with Electolytes 8.4 10 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate 7.1 1623 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate systemic

Brand name:  Suprep Bowel Prep Kit

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes 5.9 895 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Brand names:  MoviPrep, GoLYTELY, PEG-3350 with Electolytes, GaviLyte-G, Colyte, Plenvu, GaviLyte-N, GaviLyte-C, NuLYTELY, TriLyte, Clenz-Lyte …show all

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

neomycin Rate Add review
Rx D N

Generic name: neomycin systemic

Drug class: aminoglycosides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Clenpiq 5.8 217 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: citric acid/magnesium oxide/sodium picosulfate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

GaviLyte-G 7.1 47 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

citric acid/magnesium oxide/sodium picosulfate 6.0 385 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: citric acid/magnesium oxide/sodium picosulfate systemic

Brand name:  Clenpiq

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Fleet Enema 4.4 8 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Colyte 6.8 4 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ery-Tab Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

ClearLax 1.0 1 review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Correctol 9.3 3 reviews
OTC B N

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

EryPed Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Erythrocin Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Erythrocin Lactobionate Rate Add review
Rx B N X

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Fleet Bisacodyl 1.0 1 review
OTC B N

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

OsmoPrep 6.2 5 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Frequently asked questions

Alternative treatments for Bowel Preparation

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Bowel Preparation. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Bowel Preparation.

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Further information

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