Pegicol Sachet contains Polyethylene glycol and electrolytes.
Role of Active Ingredient
Pegicol Sachet is an Osmotic laxative which is used in the treatment of constipation and fecal impaction.Pegicol contains PEG 3350, which has a high water-binding capacity and has no significant absorption in the intestine. Thus it retains water in the colon, softens and increases the water content of stools thus increasing the stool volume. PEG with electrolytes (Na+, K+, Cl-, HCO3-) prevents a significant net gain/loss of electrolytes from the body.Thus, PEGICOL provides an important safety margin, particularly for elderly patients and those at risk of electrolyte imbalance.
Use under medical supervision Frequently asked questions on PEGICOL
1. What is PEGICOL? PEGICOLis an iso-osmotic laxative used in the treatment of chronic constipation and fecal impaction. 2. How does it work? PEGICOL contains the active ingredient polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350). It retains water in the intestine, thus easing bowel movements. In addition, PEGICOL also contains electrolytes, which help to prevent the loss of essential minerals from the body. 3. How should PEGICOL be taken? PEGICOL is available in powder form and it should be dissolved in water and taken orally. Drinking the correct amount of fluid with PEGICOL is important, to ensure water is retained in the intestine. 4. What dose of PEGICOL is needed to treat chronic constipation in adults? A sachet of PEGICOL dissolved in half glass of water should be taken between 1 to 3 times daily depending on the severity of constipation. The 8 sachets can be dissolved in a liter of water. Patients with heart conditions should not exceed 2 sachets of PEGICOL in any one hour. 5. Who can use PEGICOL? PEGICOL can be used by patients over 12 years old. This osmotically balanced preparation may be especially suited for elderly and those at high risk of electrolyte abnormalities. 6. Are there any side effects with PEGICOL? PEGICOL is a well tolerated and effective treatment. It is an inert polymer, unabsorbed and unfermented in the intestine. The iso-osmotic preparation helps maintain serum electrolyte balance.