GaviLyte-C Side Effects
Generic Name: polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name GaviLyte-C.
For the Consumer
Applies to polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes: oral powder for solution
Other dosage forms:
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes (the active ingredient contained in GaviLyte-C). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes:More common:
- Full or bloated feeling
- pain in the upper stomach
- pressure in the stomach
- stomach pain
- swelling of abdominal or stomach area
- decreased urine output
- dry mouth
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- increased thirst
- loss of appetite
- muscle pain or cramps
- numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, fingertips, lips, or mouth
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:More common:
- Burning, itching, or pain around the anus
- difficulty with sleeping
- feeling unusually cold
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- Acid or sour stomach
- stomach discomfort or upset
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes: oral kit, oral powder for reconstitution
Mallory-Weiss tears are quite rare. 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.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, complaints of bad taste, anal irritation, and abdominal discomfort. 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.[Ref]
Hypersensitivity side effects have rarely included anaphylaxis. Rash, urticaria, lip and facial swelling, dyspnea, chest tightness, and throat tightness have been reported during postmarketing experience.[Ref]
A 70-year-old male developed shortness of breath, wheezing, skin flushing, and lowered blood pressure after drinking a second glass of PEG-ELS.[Ref]
Cardiac arrhythmias, especially increased ventricular ectopy, have been associated with PEG-ELS use.[Ref]
Cardiovascular side effects have included arrhythmias.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have rarely included urticaria.[Ref]
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2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
Not all side effects for GaviLyte-C may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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