GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack

1 What is GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack?

Brand: GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack, Nulytely, TriLyte wFlavor Packs

Generic: Polyethylene Glycol 3350, Sodium And Potassium Salts (Oral Route)

GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack is used to cleanse the colon (bowel) before a diagnostic medical test like a colonoscopy.

The PEG, sodium and potassium salts solution is used as a laxative. It causes diarrhea and cleanses the bowel. 

Cleansing of the colon is necessary before a medical test like colonoscopy because it provides a better visibility to the doctor.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Powder for Solution
  • Powder for Suspension

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.

Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

  • Allergies: If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.
  • Age-specific problems: The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available. Its safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 6 months of age. The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not been carried out, that would limit the use of this drug in old age group.
  • Pregnancy: Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category, which means that clinical trials on animals have revealed harmful effects to the developing fetus or relevant studies have not been performed.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

PEG should be used cautiously with following drugs:

  • Belladonna Alkaloids
  • Amantadine
  • Atropine
  • Belladonna
  • Benztropine
  • Dicyclomine
  • Biperiden
  • Clidinium
  • Darifenacin
  • Eplerenone
  • Fesoterodine
  • Methscopolamine
  • Glycopyrrolate
  • Hyoscyamine
  • Oxybutynin
  • Solifenacin
  • Procyclidine
  • Scopolamine
  • Trihexyphenidyl
  • Tolterodine
  • Trospium

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from like:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Angina, poorly controlled
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
  • Heart rhythm problems (eg, prolonged QT interval)
  • Dehydration
  • Heart attack, recent
  • Hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood)
  • Hypocalcemia (low calcium in the blood)
  • Hypomagnesemia (low magnesium in the blood)
  • Trouble swallowing—May causes side effects to become worse.
  • Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood)
  • Bowel perforation (hole in the intestine)
  • Bowel blockage
  • Ileus (intestine stops moving)
  • Gastric retention (problem with emptying the stomach)
  • Toxic colitis (very inflamed intestine)
  • Kidney problems
  • Toxic megacolon (very dilated or swollen intestine)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Ulcerative colitis, active—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Seizures

3 Proper Usage

To use GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack correctly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

You may be given special instruction about the time of medication, depending on the schedule of your colonoscopy. You should not eat any solid food for 2 hours before using this medicine.

Once you drink your first dose of medicine, do not eat solid food until after your test.

You may drink water or clear liquids up until 2 hours before the test unless your doctor has different instructions. Do not drink red and purple liquids.

To avoid adverse effects, this drug should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

Storage: This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light, and moisture. Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack, there are some precautions you must take.

If you have decreased in urine output, fainting, dizziness, headaches, or vomiting while taking this medicine, contact your doctor. Also, tell your doctor right away if you have severe distension, stomach bloating, or pain after taking this medicine.

If you develop a hives, skin rash, or any allergic reaction to this medicine, stop taking the medicine and check with your doctor right away.

Regular follow-up is necessary during and after the treatment. It is important to allow your doctor to monitor your progress and to make sure that there aren’t any side effects from the medication.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment. The doctor may order some blood tests in order to determine the blood levels of the drug.

Avoid taking any other medicine unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • the difficulty with swallowing
  • cough
  • dizziness
  • red skin
  • fast heartbeat
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • difficult, fast, or noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
  • skin rash, hives or welts, or itching
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • blue lips and fingernails
  • chest pain
  • difficult or labored breathing (sudden)
  • constipation
  • coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
  • increased sweating
  • pale skin
  • tightness in the chest (sudden)
  • severe stomach pain
  • swelling in the legs and ankles
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • vomiting

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this medication. Also, contact your healthcare professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug.

If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.

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