Generic Name: polyethylene glycol 3350 (pol ee ETH il een GLYE kol)Brand Names: GlycoLax, MiraLax
Polyethylene glycol 3350 is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements.
Polyethylene glycol 3350 is used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements.
Polyethylene glycol 3350 may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking polyethylene glycol 3350, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease, nausea or vomiting with severe stomach pain, or if you have had a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted 2 weeks or longer.
Polyethylene glycol 3350 should produce a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days of using the medication. Polyethylene glycol 3350 normally causes loose or even watery stools.Do not use polyethylene glycol 3350 more than once per day. Call your doctor if you are still constipated or irregular after using this medication for 7 days in a row.
Before taking polyethylene glycol 3350, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain;
irritable bowel syndrome;
kidney disease; or
if you have had a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted 2 weeks or longer.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether polyethylene glycol 3350 passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
To use the powder form of this medicine, measure your dose with the medicine cap on the bottle. This cap should contain dose marks on the inside of it. Pour the powder into 4 to 8 ounces of a cold or hot beverage such as water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea. Stir this mixture and drink it right away. Do not save for later use.
Polyethylene glycol 3350 should produce a bowel movement within 1 to 3 days of using the medication. Polyethylene glycol 3350 normally causes loose or even watery stools.Do not use polyethylene glycol 3350 more than once per day. Call your doctor if you are still constipated or irregular after using this medication for 7 days in a row. Store polyethylene glycol 3350 at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, flushing, low blood pressure, a slow heartbeat, drowsiness, coma, and death.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using polyethylene glycol 3350.
severe or bloody diarrhea;
bleeding from your rectum;
blood in your stools; or
severe and worsening stomach pain, cramping, or bloating.
Less serious side effects may include:
bloating, gas, upset stomach;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.