A 71-year-old male asked:
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?
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Pharmacology 16 years experience
Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
A/W Dr. Akoh-Arrey: Miralax- Potential side effects include nausea, gas,bloating, abdominal cramping/ pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding,^ sweating or dizziness.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Can I up my dosage of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?
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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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?
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Specializes in Endocrinology
Relieve constipation: It is a laxative, use to relieve constipation. It can be found over the counter.
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Last updated May 24, 2019
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