Polyethylene Glycol

Description

Polyethylene Glycol is a stool softener used in the treatment of occasional constipation. It prevents dry and hard stools and allows for easy passage of stools. It is also used before certain medical procedures to empty the bowels. This medicine can also be found in a number of other products including skin creams, eye lubricants, food additives, etc.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Polyethylene Glycol

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or bloating
  • Excessive gas in stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in stools
  • Abdominal cramps

Uses of Polyethylene Glycol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Bowel preparation
  • Constipation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is about 1 to 3 days.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    This medicine may be habit-forming in some cases, especially if used for more than 1 week at a time.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to polyethylene glycol or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Severe adverse effects

This medicine may cause severe adverse effects such as a severe or bloody diarrhea, rectal bleeding, blood in stools, worsening abdominal pain, etc. in some patients. Contact your doctor immediately for further instructions if you experience any of these symptoms. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Electrolyte imbalance

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from electrolyte abnormalities due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any side effects such as dizziness, weakness, fainting, change in heart rate, muscle pain or cramps, etc. to the doctor immediately. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Continuous use

This medicine is not recommended for use for more than 1 week due to the increased risk of dependence.

Kidney diseases

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. It should be used only when the risks outweigh the benefits and only under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Missed Dose

If a dose of this medicine is missed, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Ondansetron

Ofloxacin

Clozapine

Ketoconazole

Disease interactions

Gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from gastrointestinal obstruction, perforation, or severe active ulcerative colitis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Follow all the instructions/directions given on the label/package insert and take this medicine exactly as advised. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised. Seek emergency medical treatment in the case of any severe side effects.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by making the stool soft and easy to pass.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

OTC

DailyMed - Polyethylene glycol (3350) powder, for solution [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 1 August 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=219bcbc4-b84a-4209-9f34-ef2b0ef0d273

Polyethylene glycol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 1 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09287

Polyethylene Glycol 3350: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 1 August 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a603032.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 20 Aug 2018

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