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 337 146
Bowel problems 102 45
Bowel irritability 44 20
Chronic constipation 15 8
Irritable bowel syndrome 14 12
General health 7 0

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  • 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 35
None 149

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 24
- as needed 11
17 g daily 10
142 mg daily 8
17 g twice daily 3
1capsule(s) as needed 3
1 g daily 2
1 other daily 2
142 mg m,w,f 2
142mg/ml 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 15
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 14

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 27
< $25 89
Not specified 88

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 21, 2013 (Started Oct 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bowel irritability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 g Daily

Oct 2, 2012 (Started Oct 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (bowel irritability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Nov 27, 2011 (Started Oct 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

May 20, 2011 (Started Oct 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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