What is Polyethylene Glycol 3350?

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Polyethylene glycol 3350 is an osmotic laxative used for the treatment of occasional constipation in adults. It is also used for the treatment of constipation in children and for bowel preparation before colonoscopy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 346 153
Bowel problems 104 48
Bowel irritability 45 21
Chronic constipation 15 8
Irritable bowel syndrome 14 12
General health 7 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 18
Mild 37
None 156

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 13
Abdominal cramps 7
Abdominal bloating 3
Flatulence 3
Loose bowel movements 3
Abdominal pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 g daily 17
- as needed 11
17 g daily 9
142 mg daily 4
1 other daily 3
17 g twice daily 3
0.5 other daily 1
1 other every other day 1
1 g daily 1
1 tps. daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 29
Did not seem to work 23
Course of treatment ended 13
Side effects too severe 11
Doctor's advice 9
Expense 5
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 127
Usually 54
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 54
Not at all hard to take 140
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 30
< $25 89
Not specified 94

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lactulose (Generlac) 2
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2
Docusate (Stool Softener) 1
Metoclopramide (Reglan) 1

Patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2
Linaclotide (Linzess) 1
Psyllium Husk (Metamucil) 1
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24 patient evaluations for Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Jun 14, 2018 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I INTEND TO TAKE IT EVERYDAY LIKE I AM SUPPOSED TO. I CAN'T TAKE THE CRAMPING AND CONSTIPATION ANYMORE.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Feb 18, 2013 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Miralax is not strong enough to be effective with severe constipation. If you even miss 1 dose, it's like you're starting all over again.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Oct 10, 2010 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Miralax works great when I take it EVERYDAY. Forgetting a day or two sets me back.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

Oct 1, 2009 (Started Sep 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I must take Miralax EVERYDAY to get a positive effect from it. If I forget to take it for only two days, which I have in the past, it feels like I am completely starting it over again to get any effect from it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: abdominal cramps

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Jan 11, 2014 (Started Apr 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 15, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5500 g Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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