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 338 147
Bowel problems 102 45
Bowel irritability 43 19
Chronic constipation 15 8
Irritable bowel syndrome 14 12
General health 7 0

Show all 43 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 17
Mild 36
None 148

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 13
Abdominal cramps 7
Abdominal bloating 3
Loose bowel movements 3
Flatulence 2
Abdominal pain 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Dosage Patients
100 g daily 22
- as needed 11
17 g daily 10
142 mg daily 7
17 g twice daily 3
1 g daily 2
1 other daily 2
142 mg m,w,f 2
142mg/ml as needed 2
1capsule(s) as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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Reason Patients
Other 29
Did not seem to work 22
Course of treatment ended 13
Side effects too severe 11
Doctor's advice 9
Expense 5
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 82 patients who've stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration

Currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 121
Usually 54
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 133
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 28
< $25 89
Not specified 87

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Docusate (Stool Softener) 2
Lactulose (Generlac) 2
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2

Patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2
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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