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About POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL belongs to the group of medicines called osmotic laxatives used to treat occasional constipation. Constipation refers to infrequent bowel movements in which the stools are often dry, hard and painful to pass. Constipation occurs when the normal muscle contractions in the large intestine slow down, which causes the incomplete elimination of stools from the body.

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL contains ‘Polyethylene glycol’, which causes the water to retain in the stools, thereby stimulating bowel movement. It increases the number of bowel movements, softens the stools and makes it easier to pass. Thereby, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL helps in providing relief from constipation. 

Take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL as advised. In some cases, you may experience certain common side-effects such as bloating, gas, nausea, and abdominal pain/cramps. Most of these side effects do not require medical attention and will resolve gradually over time. However, you are advised to talk to your doctor if you experience these side effects persistently.

Consult a doctor before giving POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL to children. Do not take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for more than a week as it might cause dependency on POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for a bowel movement. Talk to your doctor if you notice any sudden changes in bowel habits that persist for over two weeks. Consult your doctor before taking POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Uses of POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL

Constipation

Medicinal Benefits

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL belongs to the group of medicines called osmotic laxatives used to treat occasional constipation. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL causes the water to retain in the stools, thereby stimulates bowel movement. It increases the number of bowel movements, softens the stools and makes it easier to pass. Thereby, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL helps in providing relief from constipation. 

Directions for Use

Liquid/syrup/solution: Check the label for directions. Take the recommended quantity with or without food as directed by the physician. Powder: Take the recommended quantity of the powder, mix it in water and drink.

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL

  • Abdominal pain/cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

Do not take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL if you are allergic to any of its components. Inform your doctor if you have a bowel obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome, anorexia, or kidney disease. Consult a doctor before giving POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL to children. Do not take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for more than a week as it might cause dependency on POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for a bowel movement; talk to your doctor if constipation lasts for more than a week. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Stop using POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL and consult a doctor if you have severe diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, bloody stools, or if the side effects (nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating) get worse, as those might be an indication of a serious condition. Talk to your doctor if you notice any sudden changes in bowel habits that persist for over two weeks.

Drug Interactions

Drug-Drug Interactions: POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL may interact with diuretics (furosemide) and bronchodilator (albuterol).

Drug-Food Interactions: No interactions found/established.

Drug-Disease Interactions: Inform your doctor if you have a bowel obstruction, inflammatory bowel syndrome, intestinal obstruction disorder, GI obstruction/perforation, anorexia, or kidney disease.

Drug-Drug Interactions Checker List:

  • FUROSEMIDE
  • ALBUTEROL
  • Safety Advice

    • Safety Warning

      Alcohol

      caution

      It is not known if alcohol interacts with POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding this.

    • Safety Warning

      Pregnancy

      caution

      POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL belongs to pregnancy category C. Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant; your doctor will recommend POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL if the benefits outweigh the risks.

    • Safety Warning

      Breast Feeding

      caution

      Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Your doctor will decide if POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL can be taken by breastfeeding mothers or not.

    • Safety Warning

      Driving

      caution

      POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL is unlikely to affect your ability to drive. However, drive only if you are alert.

    • Safety Warning

      Liver

      caution

      Please consult your doctor if you have liver impairment/liver disease.

    • Safety Warning

      Kidney

      caution

      Please consult your doctor if you have kidney impairment/kidney disease.

    • Safety Warning

      Children

      caution

      POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL should be given to children only if advised by the doctor.

    Habit Forming

    Yes

    Diet & Lifestyle Advise

    • Try maintaining a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.

    • Stay hydrated, and drink enough water and fluids.

    • Exercise regularly and stay fit.

    • Get enough sleep.

    • Try making time to empty your bowels whenever the body tells you to.

    • Eat food rich in fibre, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, flaxseed, nuts, beans, lentils, fruits (berries, apples, oranges, bananas, pears, figs) and vegetables (broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados).

    Special Advise

    • POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL might be habit-forming. Therefore, do not take larger doses or for a longer duration than recommended by the doctor.

    Patients Concern

    Disease/Condition Glossary

    Constipation: It refers to infrequent bowel movements. The stools are often dry, painful and hard to pass. Constipation is a condition in which the person has fewer than three bowel movements in a week. However, bowel patterns may vary from person to person. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, and feeling as if the bowel movement is incomplete. Constipation occurs when the muscle contractions in the large intestine slow down, which causes the incomplete elimination of stools from the body. Constipation could be associated with a sudden change of diet, a diet with less fibre, not drinking enough liquids, lack of exercise, loss of tone of the bowel muscles in older people, or having to stay in bed for a longer duration. 

    FAQs

    What is the use of POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL?

    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL is used to treat constipation.

    How does POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL work?

    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL causes the water to retain in the stools, thereby stimulates bowel movement. It increases the number of bowel movements, softens the stools and makes it easier to pass. Thereby, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL helps in providing relief from constipation.

    How long does POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL take to work?

    POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL usually produces a bowel movement in 1-3days. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL might cause loose, watery and more frequent stools.

    Does POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL cause diarrhoea?

    Diarrhoea might occur if POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL is taken in larger doses. Drink lots of fluids and eat food rich in fibre if you experience diarrhoea. Stop using POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL and consult your doctor if you experience severe diarrhoea or if you find blood in stools.

    Is it safe to take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for longer durations?

    Do not take POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for more than a week as it might lead to dependency on POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for a bowel movement. Consult your doctor if your bowel movement is irregular even after taking POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL for a week or if you notice a change in bowel habits that last for more than 2 weeks.

    What are the dietary precautions for constipation?

    Drink plenty of fluids and consume fibre-rich food, whole-grain bread, unprocessed bran, fruits and vegetables. Try to exercise regularly.

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