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Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Pronunciation: POL-ee-ETH-i-leen GLYE-kol
Class: Bowel evacuant
- Power for oral solution 17 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 255 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 527 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 17 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 119 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 238 g of PEG 3350
- Powder for oral solution 510 g of PEG 3350
Acts as an osmotic agent by causing water to be retained with the stool.
Indications and Usage
Treatment of occasional constipation; limit use to 14 days or less.
For constipation and bowel cleansing in children.
Known or suspected bowel obstruction; allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG).
Dosage and AdministrationAdults
PO 17 g/day as directed by health care provider in 240 mL of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea.
- If using bulk powder, measure prescribed quantity using measuring cap supplied with product, or use 1 heaping Tbsp. Dissolve powder in 8 oz of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea before administering.
- If using individual packet, dissolve contents of 1 packet in 8 oz of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea before administering.
Store at 59° to 86°F.Dulcolax Balance , MiraLax
Store at 68° to 77°F.
None well documented.
Laboratory Test Interactions
None well documented.
Abdominal bloating; cramps; diarrhea; excessive stool frequency; flatulence; nausea.
Category C .
Safety and efficacy not established.
Evaluation of constipation
Patients with complaints of constipation should have a thorough medical history and physical examination to detect associated metabolic, endocrine, and neurogenic conditions, and medications.
Symptoms of bowel obstruction
Evaluate patients with symptoms of bowel obstruction (eg, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or distention) to rule out this condition before starting therapy.
- Educate patient regarding good defecatory and eating habits (eg, high-fiber diet) and lifestyle changes (eg, adequate dietary fiber and fluid intake, regular exercise) that promote more regular bowel habits.
- Advise patient that PEG should be used for 2 wk or less unless specified otherwise by health care provider. Caution patient that prolonged, frequent, or excessive use may result in electrolyte imbalance and dependence on laxatives.
- Instruct patient to dissolve prescribed dose in 8 oz of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea before taking.
- Advise patient that medication does not work immediately and that 2 to 4 days of therapy may be required to produce a bowel movement.
- Advise patient to notify health care provider if constipation does not improve or if it worsens, or if nausea, cramping, bloating, or diarrhea occur.
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