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All about: Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution

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Generic Name: Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution (pol-ee-ETH-il-een GLYE-col)
Brand Name: Examples include GlycoLax and MiraLax

Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution is used for:

Treating occasional constipation.

Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution is a laxative. It works by softening the stool and increasing the frequency of bowel movements by retaining water in the stool.

Do NOT use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution
  • you have blockage of the stomach or intestine (nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or bloating); loss of strength in the intestinal muscles; chronic inflammation and ulceration of the bowel; holes in the intestine; or an enlarged colon

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution. However, no specific interactions with Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution:

Use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dissolve contents of 1 packet (unless directed otherwise by your doctor) in 8 oz (240 mL) of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea before administering.
  • Do not use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution for more than 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution.

Important safety information:

  • It may take 2 to 4 days for Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution to work.
  • Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider to produce more regular bowel habits.
  • The risk of abnormal blood electrolyte levels and dependence on laxatives may be greater if you take Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution in high doses or for a long time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor.
  • Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cramps; diarrhea; excessive or frequent bowel movements; gas; nausea; stomach bloating.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe or prolonged stomach cramps or diarrhea.

Proper storage of Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution:

Store Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Polyethylene Glycol-3350 Powder Packets for Oral Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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