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
Dehydration, Urticaria, Abdominal cramp, Nausea, Diarrhoea, Abdominal bloating
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take Polyethylene Glycol after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
Frequently asked questions
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.