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Miralax And Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
I really want to get pregnant with my husband. My docs have me on a miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dolcolax regimine that they don't want me off of. Can that hurt my chaces or are they relatively safe meds?
Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe during pregnancy? I used it prior to pregnancy, as I have cronic constipation, but I am reluctant to use it now that I am pregnant.
Safe: Safe when used under the guidance of your physician. ...Read more
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
I have lazy bowel syndrome, & have to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily. Could this affect my ability to get pregnant? Is it safe?
Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should I be concerned that both are category "c"? What are the risks if any?
Good meds: These agents essentially stay within the gut and are minimally absorbed if at all, into the body. Since they don't reach the blood in any significant amount, they cannot have an effect on the fetus. Part of the category c label comes from not having enough research reports to move it into a safer listing. The cat c meds show no negative effects on baby. ...Read more
Is it safe to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace twice a day during pregnancy? My body got used to taking it once a day. I'm 27 weeks & have to be on 60mg of iron.
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
I'm 34 weeks pregnant and taking 3 iron pills a day for anemia. Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to take or is there something that would be better?
35 wks Pregnant have severe constipation. Went to doctor, Miralax (polyethylene glycol) isn't helping, took water & baking soda, feel it working, Safe for baby & me?
Constipation: This should be fine and not harmful to your baby. ...Read more
Maybe...: It's non-systemic, but I doubt it's been tested in pregnant women. Best to check with your obstetrician before taking anything when you have baby on board. ...Read more
Yes: But only if they're constipated and vanilla tastes better ...Read more
My boyfriend and I want to get pregnant. I'm on miralax (polyethylene glycol) & dolcolax. Could that hurt my chances or the baby?
Not at all: Neither of those medications will hurt your chances for baby. They are both incredibly safe. Good luck! ...Read more
Nobody knows: It is category C meaning there are no studies ...Read more
How much miralax (polyethylene glycol) can I take a day in my first trimester of pregnancy to releaf constipation?
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?
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
Minor herniated L5/S1 & a rectocele causing constipation. Miralax helps but BAD back pain b4 bowel movements, pain can last days. Don't kno who to see. Want to get pregnant, afraid my back couldn't take it. Time to bite bullet, get rectocele surgery?
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more
I really want to take my miralax (polyethylene glycol) dose down just by a little bit. Would that be safe?
Usa as needed: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is primarily a wetting agent, that has a variable dose that depends more on your diet and bowel habits. Most can vary the dose up or down to reach a personal best dose. A full suggested dose may work for many, but double or half will work best for others. Getting into a habit of scheduled emptying 1-2x daily can often let you wean off the material altogether, but I would do so gradually. ...Read more
How safe is miralax (polyethylene glycol) its been recommended to me but after a google search I'm unsure bout it?
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
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
Yes: This was once a prescription product but the pediatric GI 's began using it in kids a decade or so ago & with its safe record it has become a mainstay of treatment for some. I don't use it first this young. Full strength prune or apple juice in quantities of an ounce or 2, 1 or more x/d will help most infants. If that has not helped in a month I work with moms on an individual plan with it. ...Read more
Yes, but better way: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a safe laxative, but ar age 21, I would rather see you deal with constipation more naturally by getting regular exercise, drinking lots of water and low calorie liquids and eating a high fiber diet. If that is not sufficient, fiber sources such as metamucil can be very beneficial. ...Read more
Possibly: Ideally you shouldn't have to take Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily for long periods of time. You want to make sure you are not missing a more concerning cause that may necessitate you taking Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily; obviously a physician can help you out with this. You should stay well hydrated when taking this regularly, due to the nature of how it works. In most cases, people take 17 grams per dose per day. ...Read more
Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.
Can Miralax eventually stop working? I've been on Miralax and prune juice everyday for almost a year prescribed by gastro. Is this safe?
Safe: You could increase the dose. This is safe medication. If you are having diarrhea on it stop or reduce dose. Goal is to achieve soft stools that are easy to pas ...Read more
I'm using miralax (polyethylene glycol) and it says on the bottle not to use past a week, my provider told me it was safe to use every day. I need another opinion?
Generally it's safe: The makers of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) want to make sure you aren't using it because you have a serious underlying condition that is being masked by its use. If you've seen your doctor and they feel you are ok with it, then it is most likely fine. That said, it's way more healthy to have normal bms because you are eating lots of fruits/veggies, drinking water, exercising, etc than because you take miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is probably the most commonly used medicine for constipation in pediatrics. Pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists use it for children even younger than your child. I would recommend discussing with your pediatrician the dosage, the length of expected treatment and when your doctor wishes to see your child back for a recheck. ...Read more
Terrible diarreah from Miralax & prune juice. Gastro said it's better that having another obstruction and to continue this. Is this safe? Dehydration?
There should be:
A "happy medium" between obstruction and diarrhea. Perhaps you should decrease the amount of Prune juice (which is the "variable" "dosae:) until you have soft stools with 'reasonable" frequency!
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more
How safe is it to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) on a daily basis? My son took it daily between the ages of 2-3. Now I read a study it causes autism.
Nonsense: No connection. Forget you ever heard it. ...Read more
Would Plan B interrupt my other prescribed meds (miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dolcolax)? Is it safe to take it while on those meds? Will it still work?
In early preg. Have lazy bowels & take miralax (polyethylene glycol). I take 4 capfuls, each 17g, per day, is this safe? Use to take 2 caps, had to up it. How much is safe?
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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