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My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

Maybe: Until you have had a thorough evaliuation by a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon, i would not use it. One needs to determine the cause of the constipation and remedy that first. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Polyethylene Glycol (Definition)

Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. ...Read more


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How fast will miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation?

How fast will miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation?

Transit time: There is a specific transit time we all have for items that enter our digestive system.They have actually worked it out with tracer systems & can vary from 3-5 days in some to 30 minutes in kids with explosive diarrhea. If you have a normal but constipated system, it may take 3-5 days for the med to work down to the outlet. This is more a wetting agent than laxative but works well when used right. ...Read more

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

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 ...Read more

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Im on hyosycamine...But it gives me constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to take while on hyosycamine? If not, suggestions?

Constipation tx: Your medicine will both slow, the gut and may cause loss of water from stool, both causing constipation. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) will draw water in the bowel as an osmotic agent. You may also need a push to the system. Ue fresh summertime fruits or dried fruits such as peaches, , apricots, cherries, and prunes which will solve the problem. ...Read more

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Does Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has risk for kids if takes one- two cups a day for few months? Is there any natural safe solution for constipation beside the Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ?

Does Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has risk for kids if takes  one- two cups a day for few months?
Is there any natural safe  solution for constipation beside the Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ?

Safe and a blessing: Chronic stool retention has been around as a problem for decades. We used to use flavored mineral oil which was messy and leached out vitamins. Mirilax came along and was tested in prescription form for years before proven so safe it went OTC. I have had kids who needed it for a year to straighten out their system.The most common reason for treatment failure is stopping it too soon. ...Read more

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My GI wants me to take MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) indefinitely for constipation. Is this safe?

Yes: if it works to reduce your constipation, and it is the best solution you can come up with, it should not be a problem to use it long-term. Just be sure to keep in touch with your doctor if you have any side effects of any sort. Most people don't. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Golytely (Definition)

GoLytely is a laxative which is a ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more