Polyethylene Glycol 3350
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Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Polyethylene glycol, referred to as PEG, is used as an inactive ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent, plasticizer, surfactant, ointments, and suppository base, and tablet and capsule lubricant. PEG has low toxicity with systemic absorption less than 0.5%.
PEGylation occurs when PEGs are attached to various protein medications, allowing for greater solubility for certain drugs. Examples of PEGylated medications include PEG-interferon alpha (Pegintron) and PEG-filgrastim (Neulasta). PEG is also available as a bowel prep for colonoscopy procedures and as a laxative.
PEG 400 indicates the average molecular weight of the specific PEG at 400. PEG 3350 is a laxative available over-the-counter by the name of Miralax. In this case, PEG is considered an "active" ingredient, even though systemic absorption is less than 0.5%.
Top Medications with this Excipient
- Amlodipine Besylate and Valsartan 10 mg / 320 mg
- Amoxicillin Trihydrate 875 mg
- Amoxicillin Trihydrate 500 mg
- Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release (SR) 100 mg
- Cetirizine Hydrochloride 10 mg
- Chloroquine Phosphate 500 mg
- Famotidine 20 mg
- Hydrochlorothiazide and Valsartan 12.5 mg / 80 mg
- Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride 10 mg
- Hysingla ER 20 mg
- Mektovi 15 mg
- Morphine Sulfate Extended-Release 200 mg
- Risperidone 0.25 mg
- Sildenafil Citrate 100 mg
- Sildenafil Citrate 20 mg (base)
- Solodyn 55 mg
- Tagrisso 40 mg
- Trospium Chloride 20 mg
- Urso 250 mg
- Vitekta 85 mg
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