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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Therapeutic Categories

Pharmaceutic aid

Laxative, osmotically acting

Laxative: Emollient

Chemical Name

Mixtures of polymers with the general formula H-(OCH₂-CH₂)!n-OH where nrepresents the average number of oxyethylene groups (Ph. Eur.)

Foreign Names

  • Macrogolum (Latin)
  • Macrogol (German)
  • Macrogol (French)
  • Macrogol (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Macrogol (OS: BAN)
  • Polyéthylèneglycol (OS: DCF)
  • PEG (IS)
  • Poly (IS: ethylene oxide)
  • Polyethylene Glycol (IS)
  • Polyoxyethylene (IS)
  • Macrogola (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Macrogole (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Macrogols (PH: BP 2015, Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PH: NF 32)
  • PEG 3350 (IS)
  • Polyethylene glycol 3350 (IS)
  • Macrogol 400 (OS: JAN)
  • PEG-400 (IS)
  • PEG-8 (IS)
  • Polyethylene Glycol 400 (IS)
  • Macrogol 400 (PH: JP XVI)
  • Macrogol 4000 (OS: JAN)
  • NSC 108963 (IS)
  • PEG 4000 (IS)
  • Polyethylene glycol 4000 (IS)
  • Macrogol 4000 (PH: JP XVI)

Brand Names

International Drug Name Search


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Eur.European Pharmacopoeia
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

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