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Polyethylene Glycol

INFORMATION

Uses

Polyethylene Glycol is used in the treatment of constipation and intestine preparation before any surgery.

How it works

Polyethylene Glycol belongs to a class of drugs called osmotic laxative. It acts by softening the stool and increasing the frequency of bowel movements by retaining water in the stool.

Common side effects

Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Abdominal cramp, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Urticaria

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Expert advice

  • Together with Polyethylene Glycol, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Take Polyethylene Glycol after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • A Polyethylene Glycol should preferably be taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Notify your doctor if you are on a low-sugar diet because the Polyethylene Glycol contains sugars.
  • Avoid taking a Polyethylene Glycol for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 

Frequently asked questions

Polyethylene Glycol

Q.Is polyethylene glycol safe?
Polyethylene glycol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is polyethylene glycol the same as Miralax?
Yes. Miralax is the brand name of polyethylene glycol.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)