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Is it safe to drink miralax (polyethylene glycol) when pregnant? Will it cure constipation?

Is it safe to drink miralax (polyethylene glycol) when pregnant? Will it cure constipation?

Constipation: Change in bowel habits, either diarrhea or constipation can occur with pregnancy. Most critical to bowel function is eating regularly and following a careful diet. When constipation develops, increasing water intake and adding fiber (metamucil, citrucel, benefiber) is usually enough. If okay with your obgyn, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is usually well tolerated and can help if fiber and water are insufficient. ...Read more

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Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

I prescribe it: There are many options for constipation in pregnancy. First involves making sure you are taking enough water and fiber in your diet. Metamucil or fibercon can be used in addition to natural sources of fiber. Colace twice daily often helps as well. But for those patients who don't see improvement on that regimen, either a dulcolax suppository or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is the next thing i typically suggest. ...Read more

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How much miralax (polyethylene glycol) can I take a day in my first trimester of pregnancy to releaf constipation?

How much miralax (polyethylene glycol) can I take a day in my first trimester of pregnancy to releaf constipation?

Read Insert.: If first approved by your obstetrician and pharmacist, no more than one full adult dose. I would advise a tablespoon of milled flaxseed daily. ...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?

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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13 wks pregnant. Dr said to take colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia for constipation. Which is the best and fastest?

13 wks pregnant. Dr said to take colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol)  or milk of magnesia for constipation. Which is the best and fastest?

Varies: Different people respond differently to these medications and you need to find out what works best for you by trial and error. You may start with miralax (polyethylene glycol) as it is generally reliable. ...Read more

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My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is fine. Most important, though, is drinking lots of water. The hormones of early pregnancy slow the bowel down, so constipation is a problem. It usually gets better in the second trimester, but then worse again in the late third. When the baby's head is taking up room in the pelvis. ...Read more

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Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped. I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods. I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped.  I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods.  I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Enema/water: At this point I suggest that you try a Fleet's enema which you can buy at the pharmacy. Continue the miralax (polyethylene glycol) nightly. The colace is not likely to help much but adding a fiber supplement, walking daily for at least 30 minutes and drinking at least 3 liters of water daily could also help. If this does not work then you may need to see a doctor for a medical intervention. ...Read more

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