PEG 3350 is a laxative in MiraLax and other over-the-counter medications that treat constipation. Unfortunately, it has been linked to severe side effects, especially when it is used long-term in children.
Need a Texas PEG 3350 Laxative Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one had severe side effects of MiraLax, PureLax, or ClearLax, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
What is PEG 3350?
PEG 3350, also known as Polyethylene Glycol 3350, is a powdery substance in many over-the-counter laxatives. It is approved for adults with occasional constipation, up to 7 days at a time, one dose per day.
PEG 3350 and Toxic Antifreeze
PEG 3350 is very similar to Ethylene Glycol (EG), a toxic chemical that is found in antifreeze. However, unlike EG, very little PEG 3350 is absorbed into the bloodstream by the intestines of a healthy adult.
The FDA tested MiraLax and other PEG laxatives in 2008 and 2013, after receiving reports of people who had symptoms very similar to antifreeze poisoning. Both times, the agency found low levels of EG left over from making PEG 3350. The levels were considered safe.
Is It Safe for Children?
No PEG 3350 laxatives are approved for children (or long-term use in anyone) but they are commonly given to children with serious intestinal diseases for years. This is controversial because young children may absorb more than adults, especially very young children who suffer chronic constipation.
What is the Risk?
PEG laxatives are linked to thousands of reports of kidney problems, metabolic acidosis, seizures, neurological, behavioral, and psychiatric events. The FDA safety investigation ended in 2011 with no warnings. Neuropsychiatric events were listed as a “possible side effect.”
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- Repetitive chewing and sucking
- Mood swings
Kidney Side Effects
- Kidney damage
- Acute kidney injury
- Kidney failure
- End-stage renal disease (ESRD)
- Oxalate nephropathy
- Kidney transplant
- Too much acid in the blood
- High anion gap metabolic acidosis
- Heart problems
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Kidney failure
- Multi-organ system failure
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not currently filing a PEG 3350 laxative class action lawsuit. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits for people who suffered severe side effects of the following medications:
About Class Actions
Class actions are beneficial when a large group of people has a relatively similar legal claim. The advantage of a class action is that it streamlines the legal process and helps lawyers coordinate trials.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions maximize efficiency, but they are not designed to maximize compensation for individuals with the most severe injuries. This is why it is unlikely that a class action will be filed for people who suffered severe side effects of PEG 3350 laxatives.
Our lawyers specialize in helping people who were injured by defective medications. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Need a PEG 3350 Laxative Lawyer in Texas?
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The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas PEG 3350 Laxative lawyers for a free lawsuit review.