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Common Reactions to Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Common Side Effects

The prescribing information for prescription medications contains the exact percentage of side effects that occurred in clinical trials. However, information for over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as polyethylene glycol 3350, is less inclusive. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly what side effects occur and how common they may be.
Polyethylene glycol 3350 used to be available only with a prescription. The older prescribing information contained some details about potential side effects. Because the active ingredient and dose are the same for the prescription and nonprescription forms of polyethylene glycol 3350, possible side effects should also be the same.
Based on this older prescribing information, possible side effects of polyethylene glycol 3350 may include:
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating (stomach bloating)
  • Cramping
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent stools.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using polyethylene glycol 3350 or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the laxative, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

Polyethylene Glycol 3350 Drug Information

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