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Miralax (Definition)

Polyethylene glycol is a laxative which is a ...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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How often can one take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for constipation? Is it safe?

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 fast will miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation?

How fast will miralax (polyethylene glycol) work for constipation?

Transit time: There is a specific transit time we all have for items that enter our digestive system.They have actually worked it out with tracer systems & can vary from 3-5 days in some to 30 minutes in kids with explosive diarrhea. If you have a normal but constipated system, it may take 3-5 days for the med to work down to the outlet. This is more a wetting agent than laxative but works well when used right. ...Read more

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Can I give my 1.5 month old Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for his constipation? No bm for 2 days.

Can I give my 1.5 month old Miralax (polyethylene glycol) for his constipation? No bm for 2 days.

Not recommended : Neonates with constipation should not be given medications orally. If true constipation is present (hard balls of infrequent stools), an infant glycerin suppository can be used short term while investigating and treating the root cause. ...Read more

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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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