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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how miralax (polyethylene glycol) works?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Osmotic laxative: If you remember from science class putting sugar or other dry compound in small amount of water and placing it in lager container of tap water the tap water would cross the plastic bag and dilute the sugar water......Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative it prevents water from being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract thereby getting more water to the anus vice a dry poop.
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Miralax is safe: Miralax works with the water of the body,soften & ease the stools. Minimal drug interaction.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you explain if it's safe to use expired miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can I up my dosage of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Is dose-dependent...: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Relieve constipation: It is a laxative, use to relieve constipation. It can be found over the counter.

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