ClearLax is a constipation medication produced by several leading companies including Amazon, Walgreens, Equate, Good sense, and many others. ClearLax contains polyethylene glycol 3350 as an active ingredient that stimulates bowel movements.
ClearLax treats occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements and works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool and increase the number of bowel movements. It is known as an osmotic-type laxative. This medication is also available without a prescription. If you are taking this medication for self-treatment, it is important to read the manufacturer’s package instructions carefully so you know when to consult your doctor or pharmacist. (See also Precautions.
How much ClearLax should I take?
Take by mouth usually once daily, or as directed by your doctor or the directions on the product package.
If you are prescribed the individual packets, mix the powder as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. If you are using the bulk bottle, use the provided cap to measure the prescribed dose. Mix the powder with a glass (4-8 ounces/120-240 milliliters) of liquid such as water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea. Before drinking the solution, stir the powder well until it completely dissolves. If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist.
This medication may cause certain liquid thickeners (starch-based products) to not work well, which may increase the risk of choking. If you are using liquid thickeners with this medication, talk to your pharmacist to select a liquid thickener that will not interact with this medication.
It may take 2 to 4 days after you have started this medication to have a bowel movement. Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently than prescribed. Also, do not use this medication for more than 2 weeks unless directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Extended use or overuse may result in dependence on laxatives and chronic constipation. Overuse may cause diarrhea, dehydration, and mineral imbalance (e.g., low sodium).
If you are using nonprescription polyethylene glycol for self-treatment of occasional constipation and this treatment has not worked after 7 days, talk to your doctor for additional treatment advice.
What are the side effects of ClearLax?
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this ClearLax. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking ClearLax. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
• abdominal cramps
• excessive stool frequency
• flatulence (gas)
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
• symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the mouth, tongue, face, or throat)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for ClearLax?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating: If you have any of these symptoms, don’t take this medication until you talk to your doctor.
Long-term use: ClearLax should not be taken daily for more than one week unless directed by a health care professional.
Overdose: Do not take more than the recommended dose of ClearLax. Doing so may cause severe diarrhea and dehydration.
Pregnancy: ClearLax should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if ClearLax passes into breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breastfeeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using ClearLax have not been established for children. Do not give this medication to children under 18 years of age.
Seniors: If diarrhea occurs, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor.
What other drugs could interact with ClearLax?
Do not take other medications within 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking ClearLax. Polyethylene glycol 3350 the active ingredient in this medicine may reduce the effectiveness of other medications.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescriptions, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also, tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.