HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Each HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets (sodium chloride-sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride) Bowel Prep Kit [Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride for oral solution and bisacodyl delayed release tablets] consists of one 2 liter bottle of HalfLytely (PEG-3350, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride for oral solution) powder for reconstitution and two 5 mg bisacodyl, delayed release tablets.

  • Bisacodyl delayed release tablets: Each pink, round, enteric coated bisacodyl delayed release tablet (stamped “BRA”) contains 5 mg of bisacodyl, USP (C22H19NO4) with a molecular weight of 361.40. Inactive ingredients include lactose (anhydrous) NF, microcrystalline cellulose NF, croscarmellose sodium NF, magnesium stearate NF, Eudragit L 30-55, polyethylene glycol 400, talc USP, gelatin, calcium sulfate (anhydrous) NF, confectioners sugar, kaolin USP, sucrose NF, Opalux pink, beeswax, and carnauba wax. The bisacodyl delayed release tablets are administered orally prior to drinking the HalfLytely solution [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
  • HalfLytely (PEG-3350, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride for oral solution): A white powder for reconstitution containing 210 grams of PEG-3350, 2.86 grams of sodium bicarbonate, 5.6 grams of sodium chloride, 0.74 grams of potassium chloride and 1 gram of flavoring ingredient (if applicable). Flavor Packs are available in Cherry, Lemon-Lime and Orange. This preparation can be used without the addition of a Flavor Pack. When dissolved in water to a volume of 2 liters, the HalfLytely solution is isosmotic, clear, and colorless. The HalfLytely solution is administered orally after taking the two bisacodyl delayed release tablets [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

What are the possible side effects of bisacodyl and PEG-3350 (Half Lytely and Bisacodyl Lemon Lime, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl with Flavor Packs)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • seizure (convulsions);
  • severe nausea, stomach pain or bloating;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • rectal bleeding;
  • no bowel...

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What are the precautions when taking sodium chloride-sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride (HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol; or to bisacodyl; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain stomach/intestinal disorders (e.g., ileus, gastric retention, bowel obstruction or perforation, toxic colitis or megacolon).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: problems with the esophagus (e.g., esophagitis), swallowing problems (e.g., dysphagia, history of...

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HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, stomach fullness, cramping, or vomiting may occur. These effects are usually temporary. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: persistent or severe nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, bloody stools, slowed heartbeat, muscle weakness, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol; or to bisacodyl; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain stomach/intestinal disorders (e.g., ileus, gastric retention, bowel obstruction or perforation, toxic colitis or megacolon).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: problems with the esophagus (e.g., esophagitis), swallowing problems (e.g., dysphagia, history of aspiration), certain bowel diseases (e.g., ulcerative colitis), certain heart diseases (e.g., abnormal heart rhythms, congestive heart failure), severe kidney disease, mineral imbalances, persistent nausea/vomiting/abdominal pain.

The elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this product.

During pregnancy, this product should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known if this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Half Lytely and Bisacodyl Lemon Lime, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl with Flavor Packs

Generic Name: bisacodyl and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350 with electrolytes (Pronunciation: bis a KOE dil and pol ee ETH il een GLYE kol)

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What is bisacodyl and PEG-3350 (HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets)?

Bisacodyl and PEG-3350 is a laxative that stimulates bowel movements. This medication also contains potassium, sodium, and other minerals to replace electrolytes that are passed from the body in the stool.

Bisacodyl and PEG-3350 is used to clean the bowel before colonoscopy or other intestinal procedure.

Bisacodyl and PEG-3350 may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of bisacodyl and PEG-3350 (HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • seizure (convulsions);
  • severe nausea, stomach pain or bloating;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • rectal bleeding;
  • no bowel movement within 6 hours after use; or
  • gagging, choking, or vomiting.

Some of these side effects may be prevented by drinking the medication more slowly, or not using it for a short time. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea or vomiting;
  • stomach cramps, bloating, or full feeling;
  • rectal pain or irritation;
  • vomiting;
  • passing gas; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about bisacodyl and PEG-3350 (HalfLytely and Bisacodyl Tablets)?

On the day of your colonoscopy or bowel exam, do not eat solid food or drink anything other than clear liquids. Avoid drinking large amounts of water after taking this medication. You may be instructed not to drink or eat anything before your medical test or procedure. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink for at least 24 hours before and after your test or procedure.

Avoid taking antacids within 1 hour before you take the bisacodyl tablets.

Do not use other laxatives while using bisacodyl and PEG-3350 unless your doctor has told you to.

Talk to your doctor if you cannot drink all of the medication prescribed for you. Your test or procedure may need to be rescheduled if your bowel is not completely cleansed.

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