Polyethylene Glycol 3350 – Electrolytes
Action And Clinical Pharmacology: Pro-Lax contains PEG 3350, which is an inert, non-toxic, water-soluble polymer that acts as an osmotic agent. When administered as a solution, the PEG 3350 component of Pro-Lax prevents absorption by the intestinal tract of the portion of water ingested, thereby serving to hydrate and soften stools, and promote peristalsis. Pro-Lax does not affect electrolyte absorption in the intestine; sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate ions are present in the same concentration as in the plasma, to counteract passive absorption or secretion of these ions. Active absorption of sodium is counteracted by the addition of sulfate.
Pro-Lax provides relief of constipation without irritating the digestive tract or stimulating nerve centres.
Indications And Clinical Uses: For the gentle relief and prevention of constipation.
Precautions: Do not use in the presence of abdominal pain, nausea, fever or vomiting (as these may be signs of appendicitis or an inflamed bowel). Overuse or extended use of any laxative may cause dependence for bowel function. Do not take any type of laxative for more than 1 week, unless directed by a physician. Laxatives should not be taken within 2 hours of another medicine because the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place.
Dosage: Take the entire contents of 1 sachet dissolved in a large (250 mL) glass of water. Stir rapidly to dissolve. This dose may be repeated once daily, depending on the severity of the condition being treated and the individual response, or as directed by a physician.
Availability And Storage: Each flavored sachet contains: polyethylene glycol 3350 14.75 g, sodium sulfate 1.42 g, sodium bicarbonate 0.42 g, sodium chloride 0.37 g and potassium chloride 0.19 g. Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame and passion fruit flavor. Boxes of 10.
PRO-LAX® Rivex Pharma Polyethylene Glycol 3350 – Electrolytes Laxative