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Can you explain how miralax works?

Can you explain how miralax works?

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 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. ...Read more

Miralax (Definition)

Is an osmotic laxative. Causes water to be retained with stool in the bowel. Thus MiraLAX increases both the bulk and softness of your stool making ...Read more


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I've been constipated for a while.. I've tried fleets & salina enema and nothing works so i tried miralax and it mad me sick .. Help what should I do?

I've been constipated for a while..  I've tried fleets & salina enema and nothing works so i tried miralax and it mad me sick .. Help what should I do?

Gastroenterologist: If you have an urge to move your bowels and can't, you should try working from below rather than take more laxatives. Try gylcerin rectal suppositories, dulcolax rectal suppositories or a gentle enema. Taking senokot daily may help. If you still can't have a bm, you need to be checked for impaction or other blockage. Abdominal pain and vomiting would make an exam urgent. See a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Gabapentin (300mg. 3x day) for nuropathic pain works great but is it OK to use miralax daily for the constipation it causes?

Gabapentin (300mg. 3x day) for nuropathic pain works great but is it OK to use miralax daily for the constipation it causes?

Ok: No interactions exist. I hope this helps. I hope this helps. If you say this answer is not enough and want more answer then make a virtual appointment at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to use expired miralax?

Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more

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How long will it take for miralax to work usually?

How long will it take for miralax to work usually?

Hours to days.: Miralax works by absorbing water from the colon allowing it to move easier through the bowel and pass the stool. It probably needs to be taken daily to be effective . It is not like milk of magnesia or citrate of mnagnesia, which should only take few hours to be effective. ...Read more

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How sooon does miralax make you have to go?

How sooon does miralax make you have to go?

Hours to days.: Miralax works by absorbing water from the colon allowing it to move easier through the bowel and pass the stool. It probably needs to be taken daily to be effective . It is not like milk of magnesia or citrate of mnagnesia, which should only take few hours to be effective. ...Read more

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Miralax side affects?

Miralax side affects?

Abdominal problems: Miralax 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. ...Read more

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How long does it take miralax to work? I've been taking it since thursday, march 6, with no results.

How long does it take miralax to work? I've been taking it since thursday, march 6, with no results.

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX 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. ...Read more

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How long does it take for miralax to work?

How long does it take for miralax to work?

1-3 days: The onset of MiraLAX is usually 1-3 days. Remember, it is an osmotic agent that draws water into the stool and hence makes it easier to have a bowel movement. ...Read more