Polyethylene Glycol

Polyethylene glycol is a drug that belongs to the group called osmotic laxatives. It is occasionally used to treat constipation. It treats constipation by allowing stool to retain water, making it soft and easy to pass.

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Kindly suggest some curative measures for constipation.

Query: Hi doctor, I am following low carb diet of fewer than 1500 calories and facing constipation problem. Sometimes, I am bleeding while emptying the bowel. My stool is very hard and in groups of small pieces. Also, it comes very low in quantity. I am drinking 5 to 6 liters of water and having green leaf...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. You can use the enema to relieve constipation, which is caused as a side effect of drugs. The principle of enema is to irritate the rectal mucosa which causes defecation. You can ask your gastroenterologist to prescribe you Polyethylene Glycol....  Read Full »

Will taking Magnesium for a long duration leads to the development of laxative dependent bowel movement?

Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding my bowel issues. About five years ago, I began taking moderate to high doses of Magnesium to ease my heart palpitations. This caused my stools to be very loose and easy to pass. I would normally have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Beginning last year, I st...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Magnesium dependency looks unlikely. Magnesium, being a laxative, helped your pre-existing condition. The symptoms you have mentioned point towards IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is constipation-predominant IBS. In constipation-predominant IBS, you may develop SR...  Read Full »

How can I get relief from heartburn and bloating?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old suffering from anxiety disorder, and I took some related medicines for a few years and still take Mirtazapine. I have weight issues from a couple of years. I do blood examinations regularly, which come back normal. Lately, I am having problems with heartburn. I had ...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the symptoms are related to bowel disturbance. This is multiple issue disorder, as you are presenting with pain, excessive burping, and heartburn. And you also have constipation. This is called IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). All the symptoms are interrelated. See if...  Read Full »

I am not having proper bowel movements. What can help me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I do not have my bowel movements for few days. I was advised to take Cephalexin for E.coli present in my urine. My doctor advised me to take Ciprofloxacin. I do not have any side effects from these medications. But I have lower left abdominal cramps and it go...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep V Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope that you do not have these symptoms for a long time. Antibiotics can cause some amount of bowel upset. But mostly it causes diarrhea. I suggest you continue drinking plenty of water and avoid taking processed carbohydrates. Miralax or Polyethylene glycol is a...  Read Full »

My 7-year-old daughter has constipation for 50 days. How to help her?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is seven years old with a weight of 23 kilograms. She has mild blood in her stool for 50 days. Before 50 days, she had hard stools. I took her to a homeopathy doctor. She examined her and told it as fissures. She gave Sucral ano cream with homeopathy medicines. But till today, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Radheshyam Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to treat the root cause of this condition. Check the thyroid status and it can cause constipation. You can give Muout powder (Polyethylene Glycol) two scoops daily at night with a glass of water for a month. Continue to have sitz bath. I have gone through the i...  Read Full »

Which is the best option used to cure severe burping and bloating?

Query: Hi doctor, Currently, I have problems with constipation, bloating, burping, and stomach cramps. Before six weeks, I had trouble with acid reflux with coughing and had a sore voice in the morning with heartburn. I tried to cure the reflux by taking a low carb diet and consumed apple cider vinegar be...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think that these problems will fit under a single diagnosis. You seem to have gastroesophageal reflux disease which causes acid reflux, sore throat, and altered voice. But it improves a lot after dietary modification. The symptoms of burping and flatulence occu...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take Miralax for a long time?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to know whether Polyethylene glycol 3350 (Miralax) is safe on a long run? I am having it for the last 25 days. Is it safe enough? I have a constipation problem and visited many gastroenterologists and tried many laxatives, but only Polyethylene glycol 3350 gave me relief. Bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern for abdominal symptoms. Yes, Miralax can cause symptoms similar to abdominal bloating in some patients, although it depends on the duration (that is the time since when it is taken) and the amount of dosage. The need of Mebeverine tablet fo...  Read Full »

What medicines to take for anal pain?

Query: Hello doctor, A few days back, I faced problem with digestion and constipation. I had frequent bowel movement. But, the stool became tight and I had to pressure it out. Now, I feel pain and inflammation in my rectum and it seems that there is some swelling inside. The irritation gets intensified as...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears that due to constipation you have developed the pain of the rectum. Relieve the constipation by taking non-irritative purgative. My favorite is Movicol (Polyethylene glycol) with one glass of water at bedtime for two to three weeks. Rule out other causes of con...  Read Full »

What laxative can be taken for constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 80 years old, has diabetes, high BP and thyroid since last 15 years. She is under control with medicines. She has chronic constipation since last 30 years and uses different laxatives. In the past one year, her constipation has increased and even high doses of laxatives...  Read Full »


Dr. Ankur Jindal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chronic constipation in old age is common. She also has diabetes, which may also contribute to decrease in bowel movements. One should always rule out stool impaction in large bowel in elderly. My advice is ask her to take plenty of water, small frequent meals, low fat ...  Read Full »

I got bleach in my eye. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I got some bleach splash into my eye after dropping it on the floor. I have already rinsed it for 30 minutes and it is red. But I do not have pain. It feels dry, and it is not lubricating after all the rinsing.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Bleach is an acidic solution, and it has harmful effects on the eye. The good thing you did that you rinsed it with water, but sometimes it causes abrasion of the cornea, because of which you have redness and dryness. It is important to show a...  Read Full »

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