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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 kind of a laxative is polyethylene glycol?

What kind of a laxative is polyethylene glycol?

Polyethylene glycol: Polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX) is in osmotic laxative. It will help retain water in the stool, resulting in more frequent and softer bowel movements. Hope that helps. ...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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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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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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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

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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema?

Yes: There are plenty of different preps. Some include citrate of magnesia and ducolax and others may include golytely (polyethylene glycol). Speak to your md. All will include liquid diet and lots of water. ...Read more

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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for a barium enema?

Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for a barium enema?

Yes: While it's best to follow the bowel cleansing regimen prescribed, the end result to completely cleanse the colon so that clear liquid is coming out before do the barium enema. ...Read more

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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema? Thanks in advance.

Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema? Thanks in advance.

Variable: Many preparations available for cleansing colon. Different institutions have different methods for cleansing. Laxatives such as Dulcolax dulcolax suppositories, drinking magnesium citrate and/or golytely (polyethylene glycol) are methods sometimes in combinations. You should ask your place where study is being performed for their advice. ...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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Stepmom had laxative powder polyethylene glycol 3350 kept in the fridge & I think she puts it in my food. Stools been soft watery & green for months?

Stepmom had laxative powder polyethylene glycol 3350 kept in the fridge & I think she puts it in my food. Stools been soft watery & green for months?

Trust issues . . .: Stools can be soft watery & green even w/o laxatives. If you're worried about stepmom putting laxatives in your food, you should chat w/dad about your concerns. Monitor your stool consistency after spending a weekend w/friends eating nothing from home that your stepmom could access. If stools return to baseline while eating away from home then get soft watery & green upon return home, then worry ...Read more

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If i get constipated for a few days would it be better to take ex lax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? No bulk forming laxatives those back me up even worse

If i get constipated for a few days would it be better to take ex lax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)? No bulk forming laxatives those back me up even worse

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): eat more fruit,more fibers. hydrate well and exercise. eat prune,and drink juices. you can place half the bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gatorade, and drink it in 12 hours, after you take four tablets of dulcolax in the evening, and another four in the morning, and start drinking. this is how they clean the colon for endoscopy. then start fresh by eating the right food,hydrate,fibers,prune,juices. ...Read more

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My K level is 3.2. I have been really constipated and have taken MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) for 2 days and Colace for 3 days. Can I take 200mg of Colace today (the 4th day) or is my K level too low to be taking these laxatives?

My K level is 3.2. I have been really constipated and have taken MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) for 2 days and Colace for 3 days. Can I take 200mg of Colace today (the 4th day) or is my K level too low to be taking these laxatives?

K level constipate: Your k level low but if you eat 3-4 bananas you can bring it up. Also pedialyte. What may help with your consitpation is hydration, drink about 3 -3.5 liters of fluid water /gatorade a day just water will decrease sodium eat high fiber, avocados, cup of oats, cup of lentils, brown rice, barley strawberries, kale. F/u w/doc discuss Milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) krystalose ...Read more

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