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Is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for long periods of time for constipation?

Is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for long periods of time for constipation?

Depends: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (polyethylege glycol) softens the stool by retaining water in the stool. Some patients with lifelong difficulty moving their bowels may need MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily. It is important to make sure you stay well hydrated and eat balanced, nutritious meals. If unexplained constipation more than 2-3 wks, see your doctor and get it investigated. ...Read more

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Can you safely use miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for a long period of time?

Can you safely use miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for a long period of time?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a non-systemic lavage agent that can safely be taken for extended periods of time without concern for dependency. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has been used in patients with cathartic colon to improve colonic tone gradually while keeping the colon decompressed and empty. ...Read more

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Can you take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Dulcolax tabs at the same time for constipation?

Can you take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Dulcolax tabs at the same time for constipation?

Dulcolax + Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You could take both if you needed to. However, I would recommend you not use both routinely unless a single agent is not doing the job for you. ...Read more

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I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??

Likely safe: How long term you do have in mind? You may wish to increase your intake of fiber foods to help move your bowels. Exercise will help too,
Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I have constipation (small volume/infrequent) from taking saphris (asenapine). I take miralax daily (per dr.) but it doesn't work as well as I hoped. Water is at 2l/day and eating fiber. What else can I do?

I have constipation (small volume/infrequent) from taking saphris (asenapine). I take miralax daily (per dr.) but it doesn't work as well as I hoped. Water is at 2l/day and eating fiber. What else can I do?

Magnesium: You might talk with your doctor about using a magnesium supplement such as magnesium citrate, glycinate, or malate. These are easily absorbed by your body. Unless you have kidney disease, 200mg - 400mg/day would generally be safe. ...Read more

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I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?

Unrelated: But the bowel issue needs attention. Regular habits and
Adequate water, prunes, natural should get you off formal laxatives?
Consult with gastroenterology to be sure no other significant bowel disease, obstruction. ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium

Yes per your Doctor: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) increases the amount of water in your stool, making bowel movements easier/frequent. Use only as prescribe by your doctor. Max 34g/day. Pour the powder into the cap up to the marked line (the dose is about 1 heaping tablespoon (17gm) dissolve in 4-8 ounces water/ juice/coffee/tea/soda and drink. Common side effects gas, nausea. Report breathing problems/diarrhea/severe bloating/stomach pain. ...Read more

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I am badly constipated. Miralax and senna do not help much. Can I take bisacodyl and docusate at the same time?

I am badly constipated. Miralax and senna do not help much. Can I take bisacodyl and docusate at the same time?

Yes.: Docusate is a stool softener, bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative, miralax is a polyethylene glycol laxative.

Other options would include magnesium citrate which is a liquid bottle sold over the counter, or milk of magnesia. Other consideration would be to work from the other end with an enema like a Fleets enema. Sometimes these can be helpful for severe constipation. ...Read more

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I have possible crohn's, and get constipated from meds. I'm on miralax, I have had blood in the stool for a long time, but have noticed an increase?

I have possible crohn's, and get constipated from meds. I'm on miralax, I have had blood in the stool for a long time, but have noticed an increase?

Blood: Bright red blood is often from a bleeding hemorrhoid (internal or external) while darker blood can be from a source higher up, like a colon tumor, a bleeding diverticula or from an inflammatory process like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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I feel constipated but my stool is soft, but I am still unable to have a good bowel movement. It's been 4 wks. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. What else can I do?

I feel constipated but my stool is soft, but I am still unable to have a good bowel movement. It's been 4 wks. I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. What else can I do?

Could: Increase exercise, fluids and fiber intake. Minimize hard and dry food. See your doctor and consider addition of stool softners or increase dose of Mira lax and your doctor may consider colonoscopy ...Read more

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In cases of severe constipation is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day?

In cases of severe constipation is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day?

More or less: Yes, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or peg 3350 is a safe way to introduce more water and therefore all the benefits of a stool softener into your daily routine. Most laxatives can cause painful cramps and ultimately are habit forming. If a water stool develops return to one capful daily. Remember to introduce more exercise and make time for your daily routine. ...Read more

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I have a problem with constipation. Is it ok to take Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) on the same day?

I have a problem with constipation. Is it ok to take Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) on the same day?

On occasion: It should be ok to be taken infrequently. If you have problem with chronic constipation, you may have to have more thorough evaluation from your family doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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

Gabapentin (300mg. 3x day) for nuropathic pain works great but is it OK to use miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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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The nurse practitioner I saw recommended I take miralax for my consist. Constipation due to Paxil (paroxetine). It says no more than 7 days but she said I could?

The nurse practitioner I saw recommended I take miralax for my consist. Constipation due to Paxil (paroxetine). It says no more than 7 days but she said I could?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) may be taken regularly if intermittent. It is best not to take Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for 7 days in a row. But, figure out a program of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) every 2-3 days. And then figure out a high fiber diet: High fiber oatmeal, bran, apple with skin, pear with skin, celery, potato with skin, prunes, prune juice - to consume daily so that you won't have to rely on so much Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ...Read more

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

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

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

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2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

Constipation: Miralax may be more palatable if mixed in with fruit juice such as apple or white grape juice. If she will not take miralax mixed in juice, pediatric fleet's enema or glycerin suppositories are the alternatives. She may also have anal fissures due to the constipation that is adding to the pain. Follow up with her pediatrician if constipation and pain persists. ...Read more

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What would be safer & more effective for treatment of chronic constipation? 4 daily doses of Miralax or 2 daily doses of Miralax W/30ml of Lactulose?

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) 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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How often can one take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation? Is it safe?

Once daily: Generally, once daily. Sometimes, twice in specific circumstances. It is gentler than other laxatives. It;s generally safe if used only when necessary or when it's likely to be constipated frequently. ...Read more

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How & what makes the determination that you have IBS? Constant constipation unless taking meds & Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Is this normal?

How & what makes the determination that you have IBS? Constant constipation unless taking meds & Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Is this normal?

Normal for IBS: Usually IBS diagnosis is made after normal colonoscopy and no other cause for symptoms found. Here is a website that summarizes the diagnostic criteria for IBS:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20024578 ...Read more

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