trilyte
(GaviLyte-N with Flavor Pack)

Trilyte is a brand name Polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution (PEG-ES). PEG-ES are used to empty the large intestine before a colonoscopy so that the doctor can clearly see the walls of the colon to check for cancer or other abnormalities. PEG-ES are also used to clear the colon in advance of a barium enema. The medication works by causing watery diarrhea to clear all solid waste from the colon. The solution contains electrolytes to prevent sudden dehydration. Trilyte costs around $28 for a single treatment. You can save on Trilyte by using a Optum Perks discount card. Or use the Optum Perks website to compare Trilyte prices at pharmacies near you. Download, print and present the coupon to the pharmacist to receive a discount on your Trilyte prescription. Optum Perks is easy and free to use.

Trilyte and other PEG-ES are in a class of medications called osmotic laxatives. This type of drug works by causing diarrhea so that waste is emptied from the colon. The electrolytes in the medication prevent dehydration and other side effects that can occur when the colon is emptied. 

Trilyte is a powder that is mixed with lukewarm water and swallowed. Trilyte also includes flavor packets that you made add to the drink if you desire. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about when to take Trilyte and how much you should take. Do as exactly as your doctor instructs, taking no more or less of the medication than prescribed. Often your doctor will have you take a dose the night before your procedure and another in the morning.

You may not eat solid food or drink opaque liquids (like milk) while taking Trilyte. Your doctor will give you instructions on when you should begin your clear liquid diet and when you can resume your normal diet. You will need to drink more liquids than usual to prevent dehydration.

Mix the powder and optional flavor packet with lukewarm water and stir thoroughly. You will have several bowel movements while taking Trilyte, be sure to stay close to a toilet. You may experience discomfort in your stomach. 

Tell your doctor about all medications, nutritional supplements, and vitamins you are taking. Tel your doctor about all your allergies.

Do not take other laxatives while taking Trilyte.

If you are taking other oral medications, take them at least 1 hour before taking Trilyte.

If you have a blockage of the intestine, a hole in the stomach lining, or toxic megacolon, or any other condition that could cause a problem emptying the stomach and intestines, your doctor will most likely advise you not to use Trilyte.

Side effects of Trilyte may include: Nausea, stomach cramps or pain, rectal irritation, heartburn, hunger, thirst, chills.

If you experience the following side effects, call your doctor immediately: Symptoms of allergic reaction, vomiting, dizziness or fainting, seizures , bleeding from the rectum, or irregular heartbeat.

This may not be a complete list of warnings and side effects. Talk to your doctor about all risks and warnings before using Trilyte. 

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