What is Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes?

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Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes is an osmotic laxative. It is used for bowel cleansing prior to gastrointestinal examination. It is also used for whole bowel irrigation (WBI) following toxic ingestions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 43 18
Chronic constipation 8 5
Constipation 3 1
Bile duct obstruction 1 0
Diagnostic assessment 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Dehydration 1
Frequent bowel movements 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Dosage Patients
daily 3
- as needed 2
1.5 other daily 1
18 mg daily 1
142 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 10
Other 6
Doctor's advice 2
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
See all 19 patients who've stopped taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Duration

Currently taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 5
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 5
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lactulose (Generlac) 2
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1 patient evaluation for Polyethylene glycol 3350 with electrolytes

Dec 29, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Polyethylene Glycol is the exact same medicine as Miralax and insurance will pay for the Polyethylene Glycol and will not pay for Miralax so that is a good reason for taking the Polyethylene Glycol. They both have the exact same ingredients in them. I don't take it as directed as I have a very delicate constitution and I get diarrhea easily and I don't need very much of it even though I am constipated most of the time. I hate to overdo it. It is tasteless and odorless and dissolves easily so you can mix it with anything, food or drink. It does not get all thick and nasty like some laxatives. It takes a couple of days to work.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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