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Comparison of polyethylene glycol with and without electrolytes in the treatment of constipation in elderly institutionalized patients: a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Drugs & Aging
1179-1969
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
8
Pages
703–713
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2165/11316470-000000000-00000
PMID: 19685935
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Hypotonic PEG solution is as effective as isotonic PEG in the treatment of constipation in elderly institutionalized patients. Both treatments appear safe, well tolerated and, when dissolved in water, well accepted by the majority of the patients. When desired, switching from isotonic to hypotonic PEG can safely take place in elderly individuals without compromising efficacy.

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