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 329 141
Bowel problems 100 44
Bowel irritability 42 19
Chronic constipation 17 9
Irritable bowel syndrome 14 13
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 35
None 145

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Dosage Patients
100 g daily 28
- as needed 11
142 mg daily 10
17 g daily 7
142 mg twice daily 3
142 mg m,w,f 2
142mg/ml as needed 2
3 tbs. weekly 1
1 other every other day 1
1 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 21
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 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 5

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 18
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 116
Usually 53
Sometimes 25
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 130
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 23
< $25 89
Not specified 87

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

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

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

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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