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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) a good option for treating my chronic constipation?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) seems to work well to promote comfortable, normal evacuation. There have been no reported adverse effects from chronic use. If the amount of fiber in your diet is not sufficient to promote normal bowel movments, then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) appears to be a safe supplemental source of fiber.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: However most cases of constipation would be better helped if one increases there fluid intake and reduces their caffeine and alcohol intake and by doing so, may not need to use miralax (polyethylene glycol). Proper fluid intake is critical is less expensive than miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you mistakenly add more fiber when you are getting enough in your diet you may worsen the constipation. Try the fluid first.

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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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