Chronic Constipation Drugs

If you have bowel problems, you have two options. Either go to the doctors to be prescribed medication or go to the pharmacy and pick up some type of over-the-counter drugs. If, however, you are experiencing chronic constipation, you need to be discussing chronic constipation drugs with your doctor.

One recommendation is polyethylene glycol. This is an osmotic laxative that works to retain water in the stool. If you’re thinking about adding this to your list of chronic constipation drugs, there are some things you are going to want to know first. 

Chronic Constipation Drugs

Polyethylene glycol has a few benefits, one of which is that it is just as effective as prescribed chronic constipation drugs. It also has a good track record, known for being safe and well tolerated. Additionally, the polyethylene glycol drug has no effect on electrolytes and glucose, so that in itself is a plus. The drug can be found alongside other chronic constipation drugs in a pharmacy, under the brand name of either Miralax or Glycolax. 

You should note that there are a few side effects of taking polyethylene glycol, so make sure you are aware of them before adding it to your list of chronic constipation drugs. Most of the side effects are common, and not serious, but if you have kidney disease, speak with your doctor first or this chronic constipation drug could worsen your condition. The most common side effects of polyethylene glycol include the following: stomach cramps, flatulence, nausea, and diarrhea. 

In terms of dosing, it is required for adults and children over the age of 17 to stir and dissolve one packet of the drug into a 4 to 8-ounce glass of water. Drink this once a day, for no more than a week. As of right now, however, it is unclear what the most effective dosing route for children under the age of 16 is. 

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Posted on May 5, 2023