Trilyte

Generic Name: Potassium Chloride

  • What is Trilyte?

    Trilyte is a medicine used for bowel cleansing in preparation for a colonoscopy.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Trilyte?

    Do not add any other ingredients (such as flavorings) to the solution.

    If you experience severe abdominal discomfort, stop drinking Trilyte temporarily or allow for a longer time between each dose until these symptoms go away.

  • Who should not take Trilyte?

    Do not use Trilyte if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients; if you have a blockage in your stomach, intestines, or bowel; an opening in the wall of your stomach or intestine; or a very enlarged intestine.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Trilyte?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Trilyte. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), stomach or bowel problems, or have problems with swallowing or impaired gag reflex.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose prior to your examination is 240 milliliters (8 fluid ounces) every 10 minutes, until 4 liters are consumed or the watery stool is clear and free of solid matter.

    Children ≥6 months: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child based on their body weight.

  • How should I take Trilyte?

    Take Trilyte exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly prepare the solution.

    You can chill the solution for better taste.

  • What should I avoid while taking Trilyte?

    Do not eat during the 3-4 hour period before drinking Trilyte. Do not eat within 2 hours after drinking the solution.

    Do not take any medications 1 hour before starting Trilyte.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Trilyte?

    If Trilyte is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Trilyte with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Trilyte?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal fullness, bloating, nausea

  • Can I receive Trilyte if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Trilyte during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Trilyte?

    Trilyte should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Trilyte?

    Store at room temperature. When mixed, keep the solution refrigerated and use within 48 hours. Discard the unused portion.