Polyethylene glycol is a polyether compound with many applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. PEG is also known as polyethylene oxide or polyoxyethylene, depending on its molecular weight. It is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. It is used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements. It may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Polyethylene Glycol Properties:
- Formula: C2nH4n+2On+1
- Density: 1.12 g/cm³
- Soluble in: Water
- Molar mass: 44.05n + 18.02 g/mol
- IUPAC ID: poly(ethylene oxide), poly(oxyethylene)
How does it work
Constipation may be treated with polyethylene glycol 3350. This medication belongs to a group called osmotic laxatives. It works by retaining water in the stool. By increasing bowel movements and softening stool, it makes passing them much easier.
Applications Or where it is used
This polyether compound is polyethylene glycol (PEG) or macrogol. Pharmacies, cosmetics, and foods widely use it as an additive.
How to use
Add the powder to 4 to 8 ounces of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea. Drink this mixture right away after stirring it. You should not save it for later. In 1 to 3 days after using the medication, polyethylene glycol 3350 is supposed to induce bowel movement.
Possible side effects:
- Nausea, vomiting, or severe stomach pain
- Ulcerative colitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Kidney disease
Warnings and precautions while using this product
Pregnant women should not use it unless prescribed by a physician. Polyethylene Glycol 3350, NF may occasionally cause nausea, stomach fullness, cramps, diarrhea, and/or gas. Avoid taking if you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or distention, which may be caused by bowel obstructions.