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Please describe the medication: polyethylene glycol?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Polyethylene Glycol: The polyethylene glycol (peg) and electrolytes solution is used to clean the colon (large bowel or lower intestine) before certain tests or surgery of the colon. The peg-electrolyte solution acts like a laxative. It causes liquid stools or mild diarrhea.
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Dr. Brian Dooreck
Gastroenterology 24 years experience
PEG: Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more at www.Browardgi.Com.
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