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#1 sjw596

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 02:20 PM

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It seems to me that the subject treatments largely are the same, except that GoLytely includes some electrolytes and requires a script.  However, I've seen a few papers that claim GoLytely is superior.  For example, here's one.  About eight years ago, the surgeon who assisted with my hemicolectomy said that using GoLytely daily was a worthwhile consideration. I'd give it a try if I though it might be helpful.



#2 annie7

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 03:02 PM

i remember years ago that someone posted here on the board that her gastro doc recommended that she do this and she did.  she just drank a glass of GoLytely daily and that was all she needed to go. she even referenced a handout just like the one you have except it had a diffferent doctor's name on it--a man not a woman.

 

at least GoLytely  has electrolytes in it, which of course,  is a good thing.  i once had an electrolyte crash after drinking too much miralax and ended up in the ER and then in ICU for 24 hours.  Not fun.

 

it's worth a try.  good luck! 


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:39 AM

I looked into it a little more, and I think you can replicate GoLytely by using Miralax mixed in Pedialyte Advanced Care.  The latter comes in individual packets that you mix with 16 oz water.  Using 8 oz of water, you'd ad the capful (17 gr or less) of Miralax.  The drink pretty well matches the electrolyte values in GoLytely. I happen to have chronic low sodium, which is not caused by any disease or the like, but I do need to avoid over-doing liquids - not ideal for CIC - but electrolyte drinks aren't as harmful (but don't over-do).  However, the Pedialyte if much more expensive.  Under my insurance, GoLytely is free, at least when I need a cleaning out.  I don't know whether it's be free if I get it every week or so.  Plus it would be a pain to get every week, unless I can get a large box of packets.  



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:49 AM

yes, after i had my electrolyte crash, i started drinking Pedialyte  whenever i did a miralax cleanout.   

 

that's nice that GoLytely is free with your insurance. i had a copay with mine. 


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