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 used off label for the treatment of constipation in children and for bowel preparation before colonoscopy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 318 132
Bowel problems 96 42
Bowel irritability 40 17
Chronic constipation 17 9
IBS (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 16
Mild 33
None 134

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 13
Abdominal cramps 6
Abdominal bloating 2
Loose bowel movements 2
Abdominal pain 1
Acid reflux 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Dosage Patients
100 g daily 29
- as needed 14
142 mg daily 6
17 g daily 3
1 g daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
2 other daily 1
2 other twice daily 1
2 tsp. twice daily 1
7 g daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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Reason Patients
Other 27
Did not seem to work 20
Course of treatment ended 12
Side effects too severe 10
Doctor's advice 9
Expense 5
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 108
Usually 50
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 46
Not at all hard to take 119
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 20
< $25 90
Not specified 77

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Docusate (Stool Softener) 1
Lactulose (Generlac) 1
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 1
Magnesium Sulfate 1

Patients stopped taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2
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25 patient evaluations for Polyethylene Glycol 3350

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Babystars
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Babystars
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
vinton boy
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vinton boy
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
slim18
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slim18
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Apr 21, 2013 (Started Oct 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ALS (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 ALS (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 ALS (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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