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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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What to do if for the past couple of months I have relied on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives to go to the bathroom.?

What to do if for the past couple of months I have relied on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives to go to the bathroom.?

Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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Could i take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and an herbal laxative?

Could i take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and an herbal laxative?

What kind of herbal?: There are so many herbal products in the market, which are not fda approved. It is not very clear about the drug interaction that may happen. You may take fibers supplement, plenty of fluid as part of your daily diet. Prune juice may works for some. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) count as a laxative? If someone took MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) everyday, what would the side effects be? Could this cause permanent damage?

Does MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) count as a laxative? If someone took MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) everyday, what would the side effects be? Could this cause permanent damage?

What's the concern?: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a generally safe, non-systemic lavage agent, intended to assist with laxation. Your voiced concern makes me question: for what symptoms has it been prescribed to you, what is the intended dose & duration of use, what have you tried before, what tests have been run prior to starting the product, what other symptoms do you have (weight loss, bleeding, pain), what's the underlying disease? ...Read more

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What medical issues should I be concerned about if i am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

What medical issues should I be concerned about if i am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?

Laxatives: Laxatives are usually used in addition to eating high fiber diet to help regulate bowel movement. There have been recent studies tring to identify if there is association between obessive compulsive disorder and tremor and laxatives. Still the jury is out. Constipation need to be treated with behavioral modifications to help trigger children to go to the bath around the same time every day ...Read more

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Constipated over a week, took miralax, (polyethylene glycol)kinda worked but constipated again,took laxative last night,still nothing. Should I go to dr?what will they do?

 Constipated over a week, took miralax, (polyethylene glycol)kinda worked but constipated again,took laxative last night,still nothing. Should I go to dr?what will they do?

Healthy food: At 22 you should not be getting constipated , most likely you are not eating properly , medications you are taking are contributing. Be active drink plenty of fluids with high fibre balanced diet you will be fine . ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Golytely (Definition)

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