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If you are constipated, you may benefit from using GlycoLax. This nonprescription laxative works by drawing water into the colon, softening the stool, and increasing the number of bowel movements. GlycoLax is approved for use in people age 17 years old and older. Although this particular medication is no longer manufactured, other generic versions are available.
What Is GlycoLax Used For?GlycoLax™ (polyethylene glycol 3350) is a nonprescription laxative medication used to treat occasional constipation. Like other polyethylene glycol (PEG) products, GlycoLax was originally available by prescription only. Some PEG products are still available with a prescription. These medications are exactly the same as the over-the-counter (OTC) versions, but are more likely to be covered by insurance.
Using GlycoLax for ConstipationConstipation is a change in a person's usual bowel routine. When someone is constipated, they have difficulty passing stool or have less frequent bowel movements than normal. A normal number of bowel movements varies greatly from person to person. Some people may have bowel movements three times a day, while others have them three times a week.
- Dietary factors, such as not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids
- Lack of exercise
- Certain medications, including pain medications, some blood pressure medications, and calcium or iron supplements
- Certain medical problems, such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- Abusing laxatives.
- Making dietary changes -- for example, increasing the amount of fiber and fruits and vegetables in the diet
- Drinking more noncaffeinated beverages (unless your healthcare provider has advised you to limit your fluid intake)
- Staying active and exercising within your limits
- Going to the bathroom when you have the urge
- Using certain over-the-counter laxatives, such as GlycoLax.
- Constipation is a new problem for you
- Home remedies do not relieve your constipation after a few days
- You have been constipated for longer than three weeks
- Your constipation is severe or occurs with bloody stool, weight loss, or painful bowel movements.