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 326 137
Bowel problems 99 43
Bowel irritability 41 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 140

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 14
Abdominal cramps 6
Abdominal bloating 3
Loose bowel movements 3
Abdominal pain 1
Acid reflux 1

Show all 21 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Dosage Patients
100 g daily 32
142 mg daily 11
- as needed 11
17 g daily 4
142 mg twice daily 3
142mg/ml as needed 3
142 mg m,w,f 2
100 g twice daily 2
2 other daily 1
2 g twice 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
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 6

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 112
Usually 52
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 48
Not at all hard to take 123
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 22
< $25 87
Not specified 84

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350 after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lubiprostone (Amitiza) 2
Docusate (Stool Softener) 1
Lactulose (Generlac) 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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Gabryel
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Gabryel
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Little
Stickman: all
Description:M48y
CFS:16y Dx
FM:17y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Gabryel's full Polyethylene Glycol 3350 history

Mar 18, 2012 (Started Mar 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 34 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
OneHotMamaDespiteRA
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OneHotMamaDespiteRA
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 44
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See OneHotMamaDespiteRA's full Polyethylene Glycol 3350 history

Mar 16, 2012 (Started May 21, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
tmm313
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tmm313
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See tmm313's full Polyethylene Glycol 3350 history

Mar 15, 2012 (Started Nov 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 17 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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