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GlycoLax™ (polyethylene glycol 3350) is an over-the-counter (OTC) laxative used to relieve constipation. Although the medication is no longer manufactured, several different generic forms are still available.
Because this laxative is not suitable for everyone, make sure to carefully review the product safety information before taking GlycoLax. For instance, you may not be able to take this medication if you have certain medical conditions, such as a bowel obstruction, kidney disease, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Although many people do not have any problems while taking GlycoLax, side effects can occur and may include gas, nausea, and diarrhea. Fortunately, if negative reactions do occur with this medication, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
GlycoLax comes in the form of a powder. It is dissolved in four to eight ounces of liquid and swallowed by mouth, usually once a day. It can take up to four days after taking GlycoLax to have a bowel movement.
(Click GlycoLax for more information on this medication. This article covers how this laxative works, discusses its effectiveness, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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