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How To Use Miralax Powder
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more
Voodoo: Why would you waste your money on this substance? It only makes the company rich. Spend your money on a real doctor. ...Read more
Sure, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe & available for anyone over 2, & assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or intrinsic obstruction. Change in baseline bowel habits however warrants evaluation rather than indefinite otc treatment. ...Read more
Sorry...: Isagenix International LLC is a multilevel company that markets dietary supplements and personal care products--HealthTap doctors are asked not to endorse or discuss commercial agents like this. Beside, many HealthTap providers do NOT recommend non-prescribed cleansing, especially to promote temporary weight loss. ...Read more
Change in bowels?: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The answer depends on why you were taking the Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you're taking it as part of a colonoscopy prep, you should follow the instructions given for the procedure. Be sure to take all of the laxative, even if your stool appears clear. If taking it for constipation, the dosage is 17 g once a day. Do not take a second dose. Good luck. ...Read more
Generally yes: Also known as "MiraLax", this is generally safe to take daily, however it should be done under the direction of a physician if there is an ongoing problem which requires a daily medication for constipation. Also, as with any other over the counter medications, adhere to the directions on the bottle regarding daily dose. ...Read more
Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) instead of golytely to prepare for my colonoscopy tomorrow?
Yes: it was developed specifically for this purpose. ...Read more
How long after drinking Miralax (the powder dissolved in a cup of water) can I take other pills? Like will the Miralax interfere with their absorption
I was preparing a dose of Miralax and when i opened the pack, the powder flew in my face and I inhaled some. Will this harm me?
I accidentally inhaled a bit of the MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) powder while pouring it into some water. Is this dangerous??
Taking my nightly MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) dose and it didn't mix properly in the water. I swallowed clumps of powder. Is this okay??
Clumpy Miralax (polyethylene glycol): It doesn't matter if you got some clumps. It will all get thoroughly mixed up in your stomach. Why do you need daily miralax (polyethylene glycol) at age 20? How about trying more natural ways to make bowel movements regular, like getting more fruits/veggies in your diet (apples, pears, prunes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)? Consider eliminating cheese for a few weeks to see if that helps. Avoid fast/processed foods. ...Read more
I take colace & miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily - occasionally 2 tsp of Calm powder. when I do, I see black floating drops that leave orange oily residue??? what's that?
Not certain.: An oily residue may indicate that CALM may be interfering with your intestine's absorption of dietary fat. Magnesium can react with other substances in the intestine. There is NO evidence that a person eating a normal diet needs additional magnesium and no evidence that Calm has any positive effects in a healthy person. If it made my stool look like that, I personally wouldn't use it. ...Read more
Any alternative for active medication in miralax (polyethylene glycol) that is not in powder form. Is it save to take laxatives with possible bowel obstruction/ impaction?
I've taken 3 Dulcolax tablets & all of my miralax powder/64 oz Gatorade mix but only had one minor bowel movement so far. My colonoscopy is tomorrow morning. What should I do to flush it all out?
Call doctor: You need to contact your doctor since you may end up not able to get the procedure done otherwise. ...Read more
I recommend 2.5-5 ml: but this depends a little on the size of your baby. Preschool children easily tolerate 1 cap full, which is 17 grams (about a tablespoon or 15ml). If dose is not effective in 8-12 hours, a repeat dose may be given until stool is soft. Too large a dose will cause diarrhea and can potentially cause dehydration, so be sure to offer fluids. ...Read more
Dose-dependent drug: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. We can't tell from your question if this is a one-time problem or a recurrent and progressive one. Also, we don't know if you're blocked, if your gut is sluggish, or your rectum works correctly. Consult your doc. ...Read more
How much Miralax should I take to "clean" myself out? I'm severely constipated & the regular dose isn't working.
Try enema: If laxative has not worked, you may try Fleet's enema. The medication is available over the counter at drug stores. Drink enough water so that your urine is mostly colorless and increase your intake of fiber by taking Metamucil or fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more
Does miralax and meautcimal if you take both will you get diarrhea and for how long will the diarrhea countinue for?
Depends: It would depend on how much of each of these medications you took. If there was only one episode of intake, the effects should wear off in a couple of days. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Is it possible to overdose on Miralax? Doc prescribed 3-4 x daily for me. I’ve had obstructions in the past and it’s the only thing that helps.
Not exactly overdose, but Miralax can have side effects. You may consult this site for symptoms for which you should consult your doctor.
Drink plenty of water so that there is less likelihood of obstruction.
For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more