How to Prepare for your Colonoscopy

On the day before your procedure…

  • You may have a light breakfast or clear liquids ONLY; please have nothing for dinner. No solid food should be consumed during the 3 to 4 hours before drinking the solution, but in no case should solid foods be eaten within two hours of taking NuLYTELY.
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything colored red or purple

Any of the following liquids are OK to drink

Water
Strained fruit juices (without pulp) including apple, orange, white grape, or white cranberry
Limeade or lemonade
Coffee or tea
Clear broth or bouillon
Gelatin desserts without added fruit or toppings (NO RED OR PURPLE)

When to take NuLYTELY

This product should be used the day before your colonoscopy. Your doctor will tell you when it is time to begin.

How to take NuLYTELY

This product should be used the day before your colonoscopy. Your doctor will tell you when it is time to begin. IT IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW ALL THE STEPS BELOW COMPLETELY.

Step 1:

This product can be used with or without one of the flavor packs that comes with
the bottle.

If adding flavor, tear open flavor pack and pour contents into the bottle BEFORE
reconstitution. Discard unused flavor packs.

Step 2:

Add lukewarm drinking water to top line on bottle. Cap the bottle and shake to dissolve the powder. The mixed solution will be clear and colorless. Do not add anything else, such as additional flavorings, to the solution.

When reconstituted, keep solution refrigerated. However chilled solution is not recommended for infants.

The reconstituted solution should be used within 48 hours. Discard unused portion.

Step 3:

The first bowel movement usually occurs approximately 1 hour after you start drinking NuLYTELY. Continue to drink NuLYTELY until the watery stool is clear and free of solid matter. This usually requires at least 3 liters. Any unused portion should be discarded.

Step 4:

Drink 1 (8 oz) glass every 10 minutes. Rapid drinking of each portion is better than drinking small amounts continuously. The first bowel movement should begin approximately 1 hour after the start of NuLYTELY administration.

You will still have loose bowel movements for about 1 to 2 hours after you finish drinking the solution.


NuLYTELY® and GoLYTELY® are indicated for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy. Use is contraindicated in patients with gastrointestinal obstruction, gastric retention, bowel perforation, toxic colitis, toxic megacolon or ileus and patients known to be hypersensitive to any of the components. Use with caution in patients with severe ulcerative colitis. Nausea, abdominal fullness and bloating are the most common adverse reactions. Abdominal cramps, vomiting and anal irritation occur less frequently. Isolated cases of urticaria, rhinorrhea, dermatitis, and (rarely) anaphylactic reaction have been reported which may represent allergic reactions.

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