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Medications for Bowel Preparation

What is 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.

Medications to treat Bowel Preparation

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

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
MiraLax Rx/OTC C N 7 reviews
3.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Dulcolax Rx/OTC B N 29 reviews
5.0

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
polyethylene glycol 3350 Rx/OTC C N 9 reviews
4.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Brand names:  MiraLax, ClearLax, GlycoLax, PEG3350, Purelax, GaviLAX, Gialax, SunMark ClearLax

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
MoviPrep Rx C N 189 reviews
7.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
GoLYTELY Rx C N 26 reviews
6.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
bisacodyl Rx/OTC B N 45 reviews
5.0

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Brand names:  Dulcolax, Dulcolax Laxative, Bisac-Evac, Magic Bullet, Fleet Bisacodyl, Bisa-Lax, Correctol, Alophen, Bisco-Lax, Carter's Little Pills, Doxidan Tablet, Ducodyl, Evac-U-Gen, Ex-lax Ultra, Feen-A-Mint, Gen Lax, Veracolate

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Prepopik Rx B N 107 reviews
6.0

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

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Suprep Bowel Prep Kit Rx C N 751 reviews
7.0

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

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
PEG-3350 with Electolytes Rx C N 5 reviews
10

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes Rx C N 274 reviews
7.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

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

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Colyte Rx C N 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
erythromycin Rx B N X Add review Add

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Brand names:  Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, EryPed, Erythrocin Lactobionate, E.E.S.-400, E.E.S.-400 Filmtab, E.E.S. Granules, Eryc, Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab, Ilosone, PCE Dispertab

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Dulcolax Laxative Rx/OTC B N 3 reviews
3.0

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
GaviLyte-G Rx C N 8 reviews
9.0

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate Rx C N 762 reviews
7.0

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

Brand names:  Suprep Bowel Prep Kit, ColPrep Kit

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Fleet Enema Rx/OTC C N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
neomycin Rx D N Add review Add

Generic name: neomycin systemic

Brand names:  Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab

Drug class: aminoglycosides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Bisac-Evac Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
citric acid / magnesium oxide / sodium picosulfate Rx B N 107 reviews
6.0

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

Brand name:  Prepopik

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
ClearLax Rx/OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Ery-Tab Rx B N X Add review Add

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Erythrocin Rx B N X Add review Add

Generic name: erythromycin systemic

Drug class: macrolides

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
GlycoLax Rx/OTC C N Add review Add

Generic name: polyethylene glycol 3350 systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Magic Bullet Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: bisacodyl systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
OsmoPrep Rx/OTC C N 4 reviews
5.0

Generic name: sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate systemic

Drug class: laxatives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
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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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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
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 Schedule
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.

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