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is it ok to take miralax daily for long periods of time for constipation

A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jin Packard
6 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (polyethylege glycol) softens the stool by retaining water in the stool. Some patients with lifelong difficulty moving t ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly: This is generally a short term treatment protocol, but can be used safely for an extended period if monitored correctly
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
Continue Miralax (polyethylene glycol): It usually works in 2-3 days. You may need to double dose if no results in 2-3 days. Also add DSS ( stool softener)
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a non-systemic lavage agent that can safely be taken for extended periods of time without concern for dependency. Mir ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience Family Medicine
Safe: This drug is actually pretty safe and side effects are very rare. However, i like to handle things in a more natural way as often as possible. You s ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
No problem.: There should be no problem with this one time use.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Judy
43 years experience Internal Medicine
No: In a medical context, the only time a "colon purge" is indicated is the day or so prior to the performance of a colonoscopy.
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
None, really. : It wouldn't really be advisable to take ANY laxative every day, all the time. The cause of your constipation should be investigated and elucidated. If ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: Three diuretics daily, especially full dosage of prescription ones, is a potent dose and is usually reserved for patients with high grade fluid retent ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Psyllium: can cause a problem if not taken with sufficient water. It can harden and get hung up in your throat or esophagus. Other than that it is relatively s ... Read More
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: Long term use of ppis such as Prevacid (lansoprazole) has been associated with an increase risk of pneumonia in the elderly and an increase risk of bo ... Read More
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A 87-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Generally: However, it can be hard on your kidneys, so you do not want to take maximal doses, and need to have your kidney function checked periodically.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Laxative Abuse: Nope. Absolutely not. This addiction is a common problem. The obsession is nearly debilitating in this addiction and one must get some control and he ... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
SAMe: I would not recommend taking it along with prozac, (fluoxetine) due to additive effects on serotonin, unless your prescribing doctor recommended other ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
Quote from FDA: "This rule is effective November 5, 2002.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule stating that the stimulant laxative ingredient ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
1-2 days : It also passes! and thus so does its effect.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
No: That is much too high a dose. Your doctor can tell you if your other medications are safe to take together with ibuprofen.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samuel Burchfield
26 years experience Family Medicine
Conditional yes: Urelle is a salicylate compound and can have the same side effects as taking Aspirin or nsaids can. This is a prescription medication and you should ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Laxatives: As we age the need for laxatives becomes a necessary addition . Two laxatives a day is mild
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Bendezu
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Do you need to?: That's a better question, and the follow up is why do you need it? The drug itself is similar to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with similar side effects. ... Read More
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Dr. Georgia Latham
34 years experience Family Medicine
Yes, take daily: if you are zinc deficient. There is no danger associated with taking zinc supplements on a daily basis nor known long term consequences. The body ne ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience Pharmacology
Zofran (ondansetron): This depends on how you define a long time and what the dose is. The maximum dose was reduced a couple of years ago because of potential cardiac side ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Worthless: This is vitamin E, one of the great disappointments of 20th century medicine. It was hoped that it would be a wonder antioxidant, but in the big studi ... Read More
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