Polyethylene Glycol and Electrolytes (Local)
Brand Names : Co-Lav, Colovage, Colyte, Colyte-flavored, Colyte with Flavor Packs, Go-Evac, GoLYTELY, NuLYTELY, NuLYTELY, Cherry Flavor, OCL, Klean-Prep, Peglyte, PEG-3350 & Electrolytes
The polyethylene glycol
(PEG) and electrolytes solution is used to clean the colon (large bowel or
lower intestine) before certain tests or surgery of the colon. The PEG-electrolyte
solution is usually taken by mouth. However, sometimes it is given in the
hospital through a nasogastric tube (a tube inserted through the nose).
The PEG-electrolyte solution acts like a laxative. It causes liquid stools
or mild diarrhea. In this way, it flushes all solid material from the colon,
so the doctor can have a clear view of the colon.
The PEG-electrolyte solution is available only with your doctor's prescription.
It is available in the following dosage forms:
Oral solution (U.S. and Canada)
Powder for oral solution (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Colyte with Flavor Packs
- NuLYTELY, Cherry Flavor
In Canada -
- PEG-3350 & Electrolytes