Can Pregnant Women Take GlycoLax?
™ (polyethylene glycol 3350
) is a nonprescription laxative medication used to treat occasional constipation
. It is not yet clear if this medicine is safe for use during pregnancy.
(It should be noted that GlycoLax is no longer manufactured, although several different generic forms are still available.)
What Is Pregnancy Category C?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.
Medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
GlycoLax has not been studied in pregnant animals or women. In fact, there is very little information available on taking GlycoLax during pregnancy. Because it is not absorbed into the bloodstream, it would likely not be harmful to a developing fetus. However, because of the lack of information, all potential risks cannot be ruled out.
In general, a pregnancy Category C medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child. If you require treatment for constipation during pregnancy, your healthcare provider may recommend other options, such dietary changes. If medication is needed, your healthcare provider will recommend GlycoLax if safer alternatives are not available.