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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

Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Polyethylene Glycol (Definition)

Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more ...Read more


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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use if one has chf?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use if one has chf?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (peg 3350) is an osmotic laxative and thus draws water into the gut, not the other way around. It should be quite safe. ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use regularly for treating constipation?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use regularly for treating constipation?

Mostly: As long as you remember to discontinue its use when you develop diarrhea! ...Read more

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3 1/2 yr old with constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? If so, what is recommended dosage?

3 1/2 yr old with constipation...Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? If so, what is recommended dosage?

Constipation Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe in children 6 months of age and older. Start with 0.5 gm/kg in 4-8 oz fluids once daily. Can increase gradually to 1.5 gm/kg. ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use everyday? Why doe it require a prescription to buy at boots? And will it give instant relief like an enema?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use everyday? Why doe it require a prescription to buy at boots? And will it give instant relief like an enema?

YEs and OTC: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative with high fiber content. Can be used daily if one has constipation problem without other GI pathology. Drink plenty of water with it. Can cause Diarrhea if used excessively. It is available OTC, does not require Rx.
No it does not give instant relief like enema. ...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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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe 4 everyday use? Side effects? Linzess or miralax (polyethylene glycol) better for hard stool with straining? Able to go daily but very little with pebbles

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe 4 everyday use? Side effects? Linzess or miralax (polyethylene glycol) better for hard stool with straining? Able to go daily but very little with pebbles

NO LAXATIVE: Should be used daily!
Hard Stool can be safely treated with COLACE (docusate sodium) (which is iteself NOT a laxative)
You should discuss IBS C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Constipation) with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)!!
Hope this helps!
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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?

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?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe in pregnancy. It is used to treat occasional constipation. It works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool and increases the number of bowel movements. It is known as an osmotic-type laxative. It is classified as a category C drug. ...Read more

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Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Constipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with a dulcolax rectal suppository or fleets enema or a gentle tap water enema. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is required. If you don't have an urge to move your bowels and are not having severe cramps, then miralax (polyethylene glycol) or other laxatives can be used. ...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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Constipated for almost a week. Able to go a little bit. Have hemorrhoids. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? Wiped and saw a tiny bit of pink blood. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or aloe jui

Constipated for almost a week. Able to go a little bit. Have hemorrhoids. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe? Wiped and saw a tiny bit of pink blood. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or aloe jui

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe for constipation but instructions on the bottle advise only one dose daily--this is so you will talk to your doctor if you have severe constipation. Most people have constipation every so often, which is usually lack of fiber in their diet. Long term constipation can happen for different reasons so if this is a chronic problem, or if you can't poop pretty soon see your doctor ...Read more

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I have slow transient chronic constipation & I've suffered for years. Over the last year, I've been taking a double dose of miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. Safe?

I have slow transient chronic constipation & I've suffered for years. Over the last year, I've been taking a double dose of miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. Safe?

Constipation causes: Common causes of constipation are dietary. Sit down and write out all the foods you have eaten over the past week or two. Eliminate all the grains: rice, barley, oats; also milk, bananas, apples. Within a few days your stool should soften dramatically. You don't want to become laxative dependent. You may have megacolon. See a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Dr gave golytely bowel prep for colon but she will never be able to tolerate. Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) prep safe for heart patients? Cardiac md ok with it. GI said no

Yes safe.: As a cardiologist, I say yes it's safe. Golytely is a large volume prep that many of my heart pts had probs with in the past. I think miralax (polyethylene glycol) is better tolerated. ...Read more

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One a day prenatals contain polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol - is this safe to take when pregnant?

One a day prenatals contain polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol - is this safe to take when pregnant?

Safe?: Polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol are used to suspend the vitamins. In the pharmaceutical world they are the excipients used to bind the tablets or suspend the drug in a gel. The amounts in prenatal vitamins are very small and are completely safe to take in the dosage intended - one a day. ...Read more

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Citrical contains polyvinyl alcohol (part hydrolyzed) and polyethylene glycol - is this safe to take when pregnant?

Category C: Those ingredients put citrical in category c for pregnancy. These are substances best avoided unless there is a compelling medical reason that outweighs the risk. ...Read more

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Taking a prenatal pill twice a day (recommended dose) that has polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol - are those ingredients safe for pregnancy?

PRESERVATIVES: Polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol are preservatives that are included in many products and have proven safe in most instances. We really can't be totally sure of safety in pregnancy, since it simply is not possible to test them in pregnant women. However they have been included in many products often used by pregnant women over many years. The amounts included are very minimal. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Golytely (Definition)

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Colyte (Definition)

CoLyte is a laxative which is a ...Read more