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Polyethylene Glycol

Polyethylene Glycol

What Is Polyethylene Glycol

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. This medication also contains potassium, sodium, and other minerals to replace electrolytes that are passed from the body in the stool.

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution is used to clean the bowel before colonoscopy, a barium x-ray, or other intestinal procedures.

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Do not use this medication if you have a perforated bowel, a bowel obstruction or severe constipation, or colitis or toxic megacolon. Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects in people with these conditions.

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol or any other electrolyte solutions (such as Pedialyte or Gatorade), or if you have:

  • a perforated bowel;
  • a bowel obstruction or severe constipation; or
  • colitis or toxic megacolon.

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects in people with these conditions.

People with eating disorders (such as anorexia or bulimia) should not use this medication without the advice of a doctor.

Polyethylene Glycol Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If you have any of these side effects, you may need to drink the medication more slowly, or stop using it for a short time. Call your doctor for instructions if you have:

  • gagging, choking, severe stomach pain or bloating;
  • no bowel movement within 2 hours after use;
  • nausea, vomiting, trouble drinking liquids, headache, little or no urinating; or
  • fever, sudden or severe stomach pain, severe diarrhea, rectal bleeding or bright red bowel movements.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild stomach cramps, gas, or bloating;
  • rectal pain or irritation;
  • hunger, thirst, mild nausea;
  • passing gas; or
  • dizziness, chills.

 This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

 

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