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Polyethylene Glycol



Polyethylene glycol 3350 works as a laxative as well as a lubricant for eyes.

Polyethylene glycol 3350 as a laxative is used to treat occasional constipation.
Polyethylene glycol is also used to relieve dry and irritated eyes

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


Expert advice

  • Always take polyethylene glycol powder by completely dissolving in water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea.
  • Continue taking polyethylene glycol as recommended as it may take 2 to 4 days to produce a bowel movement after the first dose.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, if you suffer from unusual cramps, bloating, or diarrhea or have had blockage in the intestines in the past.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Do not take if allergic to polyethylene glycol or any of its ingredients. 
  • Avoid if Patients has known or suspected blockage in the intestines. 

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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)