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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 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 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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