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Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Polyethylene Glycol (Overview)

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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What happen if I take "polyethylene glycol 3350". For a month?

What happen if I take "polyethylene glycol 3350". For a month?

Many use it longer: You should find out why you have chronic constipation first such as ruling out thyroid disease etc. If no underlying disease, try the natural way such as fibers, roughage, and adequate fluid daily. This med is relatively safe to use and many patients use it for months to yrs. Like any other med, use smallest effective dose for shortest possible time. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Raymond
141 Doctors shared insights

Polyethylene Glycol (Overview)

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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Is polyethylene glycol bad for you?

Is polyethylene glycol bad for you?

Constipation Relief: Polyethylene glycol is a non-absorbed sugar substance that pulls water into stool, causing soft stools or diarrhea. This medication is used to relieve constipation. It is not dangerous, but will cause watery diarrhea if used in excess. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: polyethylene glycol?

Please describe the medication: polyethylene glycol?

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. ...Read more

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What do I do with repeated constipation? I have been to a gastrointestinal specialist and he prescribed polyethylene glycol 3350, nf powder to be taken twice daily. I see some difference but every time I eat some fast food, I get back to the constipation.

What do I do with repeated constipation? I have been to a gastrointestinal specialist and he prescribed polyethylene glycol 3350, nf powder to be taken twice daily. I see some difference but every time I eat some fast food, I get back to the constipation.

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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Does polyethylene glycol work well for for kids with encopresis?

Does polyethylene glycol work well for for kids with encopresis?

Yes: Quite a few studies have shown that it may work well in certain kids with encopresis. ...Read more

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Urgent is it safe for my 4 year old to take smooth lax polyethylene glycol 3350 power. He weighs 36 pounds. If so how much. It says to take 17g?

Safe: The popular brand name for this medication is called miralax (polyethylene glycol). It is used for constipation. You can give half to one capful dissolved in water every day. One cap is usually 17g. The dosage is usually titrated based on the response. The goal is to have one soft bowel motion every day. ...Read more

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Is polyethylene glycol bad for you?

Constipation Relief: Polyethylene glycol is a non-absorbed sugar substance that pulls water into stool, causing soft stools or diarrhea. This medication is used to relieve constipation. It is not dangerous, but will cause watery diarrhea if used in excess. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: polyethylene glycol?

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. ...Read more

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How I am I supposed to take colyte (polyethylene glycol)?

Within 4 hours: Typical instructions ask that you take 8 oz of the prep every 10 minutes until complete. Should be within 4 hours. ...Read more

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What happen if I take "polyethylene glycol 3350". For a month?

Many use it longer: You should find out why you have chronic constipation first such as ruling out thyroid disease etc. If no underlying disease, try the natural way such as fibers, roughage, and adequate fluid daily. This med is relatively safe to use and many patients use it for months to yrs. Like any other med, use smallest effective dose for shortest possible time. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take golytely (polyethylene glycol) too frequently?

Is it bad to take golytely (polyethylene glycol) too frequently?

GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol): It is an intestinal cleanser before intestinal procedures such as colonoscopy. It is made of polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution & contains potassium & sodium, works as a laxative. Too frequent use can lead to electrolyte imbalances. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks for taking golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

What are the benefits and risks for taking golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Risk vs benefits: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative that is helpful for cleaning out the GI tract prior to surgery. Possible side effects are mallory- weiss tear- (very rare), nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, rawness of anus, hypersensitivity. Get help asap for an allergic reaction with swelling of tongue, lips or throat (difficulty breathing & hives). Call physician for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day (a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician. ...Read more

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What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

Relieve constipation: It is a laxative, use to relieve constipation. It can be found over the counter. ...Read more

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Can I up my dosage of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Can I up my dosage of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Is dose-dependent...: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation ...Read more

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Are colyte (polyethylene glycol) and suprep the same?

They are different: These are both used for bowel prep preceding colonoscopy or bowel surgery but they contain different ingredients. ...Read more

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How long can I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You can take miralax (polyethylene glycol) indefinitely as long as you need it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does polyethylene glycol 3350 nf powder cause problems?

Does polyethylene glycol 3350 nf powder cause problems?

Constipation Relief: Polyethylene glycol is a non-absorbed sugar substance that pulls water into stool, causing soft stools or diarrhea. This medication is used to relieve constipation. It is not dangerous, but will cause watery diarrhea if used in excess. ...Read more

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Can you explain how miralax (polyethylene glycol) works?

Can you explain how miralax (polyethylene glycol) works?

Osmotic laxative: If you remember from science class putting sugar or other dry compound in small amount of water and placing it in lager container of tap water the tap water would cross the plastic bag and dilute the sugar water......Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative it prevents water from being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract thereby getting more water to the anus vice a dry poop. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take polyethylene glycol 3350 powder daily?

Is it safe to take polyethylene glycol 3350 powder daily?

Generally yes: Also known as "MiraLax", this is generally safe to take daily, however it should be done under the direction of a physician if there is an ongoing problem which requires a daily medication for constipation. Also, as with any other over the counter medications, adhere to the directions on the bottle regarding daily dose. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can be (dissolved) mixed in any liquid. 4 to 8 ounces of liquid is recommended. ...Read more

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Can you just put miralax (polyethylene glycol) on pancakes?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): It is recommended that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) be mixed in 4 to 8 ounces of fluid. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 3 months?

Is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 3 months?

Depends on reason: No universal answer to this. Chronic constipation can have many causes such as side effect of meds, metabolic disease (eg. Diabetes, hypothyroidism), neurologic disease, low fiber diet, obstruction from colon polyps/colon cancer. This is why over-the-counter laxatives should not be used long-term for symptoms of unknown reason; getting to the root of the problem is highly advisable. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use 2 scoops of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Is it okay to use 2 scoops of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Yes: It is recommended that you use 3 heaping tablespoons of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in every 8 oz of liquid. That is about 17grams daily. ...Read more

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What happens if you overdose on miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

What happens if you overdose on miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

= Colonoscopy prep: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is essentially a small dose of oral lavage widely prescribed for years in preparation for colonoscopy. The drug is not generally absorbed, so more taken means more of it available to promote bowel evacuation. An "overdose" of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) approaches the dose that optimally cleanses the colon for colonoscopy as something called "MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) prep." don't "od" on your own--see doctor for right dose. ...Read more

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Will miralax (polyethylene glycol) help an impaction in a cat?

Will miralax (polyethylene glycol) help an impaction in a cat?

Ask a vet: This question would be best answered by an animal doctor and not human doctors. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take for miralax (polyethylene glycol) to work?

How long does it take for miralax (polyethylene glycol) to work?

1-3 days: The onset of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is usually 1-3 days. Remember, it is an osmotic agent that draws water into the stool and hence makes it easier to have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Does polyethylene glycol work well for for kids with encopresis?

Yes: Quite a few studies have shown that it may work well in certain kids with encopresis. ...Read more

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How long will it take for miralax (polyethylene glycol) to work?

How long will it take for miralax (polyethylene glycol) to work?

Few days: Not really laxative to induce bowel contractions but a nonabsorbable material that cause the stools to become softer, and lubricates the bowel to cause easier passage of stool ...Read more

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How sooon does miralax (polyethylene glycol) make you have to go?

How sooon does miralax (polyethylene glycol) make you have to go?

Hours to days.: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works by absorbing water from the colon allowing it to move easier through the bowel and pass the stool. It probably needs to be taken daily to be effective. It is not like milk of magnesia or citrate of mnagnesia, which should only take few hours to be effective. ...Read more

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Can you use miralax (polyethylene glycol) on isagenix cleanse days?

Can you use miralax (polyethylene glycol) on isagenix cleanse days?

Sorry...: Isagenix International LLC is a multilevel company that markets dietary supplements and personal care products--HealthTap doctors are asked not to endorse or discuss commercial agents like this. Beside, many HealthTap providers do NOT recommend non-prescribed cleansing, especially to promote temporary weight loss. ...Read more

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Do I really need colyte (polyethylene glycol) before a colonoscopy?

Other options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. But options with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and 2 liters of fluid are available. There is also a prep with pills. Check with your doctor for options. ...Read more

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Do I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) in the morning or at night?

Either time if good.: If you haven't had a bowel movement and are using MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) now try it now if it is early in the day. If it is later then try it in the evening. If no effects by morning then repeat a dose. ...Read more

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What's the difference between propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol?

The "ol" on the ends: Means that both compounds are alcohols. Polyethylene glycol is found in polyesters and propylene glycol is an organic alcohol found in some cosmetics. ...Read more

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What's the youngest age a baby can take miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

What's the youngest age a baby can take miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

1 year: No real minimal age but would carefully manage diet and even use glycercin suppositories before relying on Miralax (polyethylene glycol) at such a young age ...Read more

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What time of the day is it best to take miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

No best time: Everyone is different. If you are taking it just one time a day, try taking it in the morning and see how that works for you. If you find yourself needing to get up at night to go, switch to the evening and see if that changes when you need to go. ...Read more

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