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Polyethylene Glycol

Last Revision: October 19, 2020.

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

CASRN: 25322-68-3

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Drug Levels and Effects

Summary of Use during Lactation

No published experience exists with polyethylene glycol during breastfeeding. However, the drug is very poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, so it cannot enter the breastmilk in important amounts. No special precautions are required.[1]

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

(Constipation) Bisacodyl, Docusate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Psyllium, Sodium Phosphate (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Linaclotide, Lubiprostone, Plecanatide, Psyllium, Tenapanor

References

1.
Lewis JH, Weingold AB., Committee of FDA-Related Matters American College of Gastroenterology. The use of gastrointestinal drugs during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1985;80:912–23. [PubMed: 2864852]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Polyethylene Glycol

CAS Registry Number

25322-68-3

Drug Class

Breastfeeding

Lactation

Gastrointestinal Agents

Laxatives

Disclaimer: Information presented in this database is not meant as a substitute for professional judgment. You should consult your healthcare provider for breastfeeding advice related to your particular situation. The U.S. government does not warrant or assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information on this Site.

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