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GaviLyte-H 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-H.

For the Consumer

Applies to polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes: oral powder for solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes (the active ingredient contained in GaviLyte-H). 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
  • vomiting
Rare
  • Coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • decreased urine output
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • 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
  • hunger
  • nausea
  • shivering
  • thirst
Less common:
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • stomach discomfort or upset

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes: oral kit, oral powder for reconstitution

General

The most common adverse events were abdominal distension, anal discomfort, thirst, nausea, and abdominal pain. Since diarrhea is considered part of the efficacy of this product, it was not defined as an adverse reaction.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Abdominal distension (59.8%), anal discomfort (52%), nausea (47.3%), abdominal pain (39.1%), vomiting (12.8%)
Common (1% to 10%): Upper abdominal pain, dyspepsia
Frequency not reported: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding from a Mallory-Weiss tear, esophageal perforation, borborygmi, flatulence[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hunger (70.8%)
Common (1% to 10%): Hypokalemia, hyperphosphatemia
Frequency not reported: Electrolyte disturbances, hyperkalemia[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Rigors (33.7%), malaise (26.6%)
Frequency not reported: Peripheral edema[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (18.1%)
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]

Psychiatric

Very common (10% or more): Sleep disorder (34.9%)[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Anaphylactic reaction
Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis, rash, angioedema, urticaria, lip and facial swelling, dyspnea, chest tightness, throat tightness)[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Asystole[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Urticaria, dermatitis[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Rhinorrhea, acute pulmonary edema, acute pulmonary edema after aspirating the PEG-based preparation[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. MoviPrep (polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes)." Physicians Total Care, Tulsa, OK.

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-H 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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