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Miralax (Definition)

Polyethylene glycol is a laxative which is a ...Read more


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I am having issues with constipation cause by medicine Topomax 100mg and Neurotryptaline 10mg. May I use miralax twice in one day?

I am having issues with constipation cause by medicine Topomax 100mg and Neurotryptaline 10mg. May I use miralax twice in one day?

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, treatment goals. Also, make sure you are not missing obstructing. ...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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I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to have Partial Intestinal Obstruction after Hysterectomy.And also you are moving your bowels. You can slowly cut down the dose of your laxatives and try to move your bowels on your own. But if you still need the laxatives daily consult your doctor. You also need to drink plenty fluids and fiber in your diet ...Read more

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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

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My GI wants me to take MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) indefinitely for constipation. Is this safe?

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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8 yr old daughter has constipation takin miralax, (polyethylene glycol) has stomach pain nausea & nw chest pain. Dr appt thurs or should she go nw. Hurts n middle of chest?

8 yr old daughter has constipation takin miralax, (polyethylene glycol) has stomach pain nausea & nw chest pain. Dr appt thurs or should she go nw. Hurts n middle of chest?

Depends: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) works by slowly increasing the water content in hard impacted stool. If she is severely constipated, this may cause labor like pains for a few days as the water pressure pushes against the blockage. Consider giving her a Pediatric Fleets Enema to see if you can loosen any hard stool plugs in rectum. This may help the colon relax and begin to empty. Contact your MDs after hours # if needed ...Read more

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation ...Read more

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2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

2 yr old has ALL & has been on chemo for 10 months. She has Severe constipation to the point of screaming in pain. Won't take Miralax.

Constipation: Miralax may be more palatable if mixed in with fruit juice such as apple or white grape juice. If she will not take miralax mixed in juice, pediatric fleet's enema or glycerin suppositories are the alternatives. She may also have anal fissures due to the constipation that is adding to the pain. Follow up with her pediatrician if constipation and pain persists. ...Read more

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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)?

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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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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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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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) a good option for treating my chronic constipation?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) a good option for treating my chronic constipation?

Yes: However most cases of constipation would be better helped if one increases there fluid intake and reduces their caffeine and alcohol intake and by doing so, may not need to use miralax (polyethylene glycol). Proper fluid intake is critical is less expensive than miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you mistakenly add more fiber when you are getting enough in your diet you may worsen the constipation. Try the fluid first. ...Read more

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Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) won't help with constipation. What's next?

Metamucil and miralax (polyethylene glycol) won't help with constipation. What's next?

Fiber supplements: Require time and plenty of fluids; otherwise, they can add to the constipation problem. Are you taking any meds that might cause constipation (narcotic pain meds are notorious for constipating). Have you used laxatives for a long time? See your fp/pcp for further advice. ...Read more

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