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Miralax And Colon Cleanses
I want to do a colon cleanse. My father had a colonoscopy, is it safe to follow his doctor's advice: 10mg of ducolax and 238g of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) w/ 64 oz.?
While: It could be safe, only a doctor can prescribe such treatment with knowledge of your medical history ...Read more
Not recommended: It would not be a good idea to use MiraLAX in the setting of a dilated colon unless you knew for sure why the colon was dilated. If there was an obstruction causing the dilatation, it could be dangerous to use the MiraLAX. I would not recommend this unless your doctor prescribes it. You should get the cause of the dilatation diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more
Naturally: Your body will replenish itself.Get a more detailed answer ›
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The answer depends on why you were taking the Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you're taking it as part of a colonoscopy prep, you should follow the instructions given for the procedure. Be sure to take all the laxative, even if your stool appears clear. If taking it for constipation, the dosage is 17 g once a day. Do not take a second dose. Good luck. ...Read more
I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??
How long term you do have in mind? You may wish to increase your intake of fiber foods to help move your bowels. Exercise will help too,
Consult this site for fiber foods.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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I found out that my colon isn't emptying out properly, I've taken miralax (polyethylene glycol) and it hasn't been working, I'm not eating & losing weight. What do I do?
Colon scope prep. Drink miralax (polyethylene glycol). How long will I have diaherra for? All day. Or will it hit me then stop?
Redundant colon, candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps. Use instead of surgery?
Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more
I have to take 4 scoops of miralax (polyethylene glycol) a day, and my bowel and colon are bloated! What can I do?
I am severely constipated, and my doctor recommended that I clean my colon completely tomorrow with miralax (polyethylene glycol). How can I do that?
Mix with water:
Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter medication — you buy at your local pharmacy. Mix 17 grams of power — one tablespoon — with 16 oz of water and drink slowly.
If your doctor wants you to do a stronger dose, this is not dangerous. You simply double up on the dosages above.
For colonoscopies, that do a full cleanse, it is four of the above doses over the course of the day. ...Read more
Is a moderate stool burden in the colon every time imaging is done normal? I eat high fiber, fluids, Miralax, & exercise. Have nausea, abd pain, bloating
Unless you underwent: Unless you underwent a bowel prep before your x-ray, I'd be surprised if there wasn't present a "moderate stool burden." ...Read more
Constipated; enema barely worked saw GI; given lactulose; only went 3x in 1mth. Colonoscopy;Dr said I have lazy colon &to take miralax QDother ideas?
Had a colonoscopy done the other day and Dr said my colon was twisted and I have a bunch of scars tissue. Was told take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and bentyl. Normal?
5yo has chronic constipation. Doc said colons completely full of stool. In 3 days had 4 100mg collace, 4 fiber gummies, 2 caps miralax (polyethylene glycol) & no bm. Wat causes?
Relatively common: Stool retention is relatively common. Successful treatment requires a plan of scheduled emptying, long term use of stool softeners or wetting agents (like miralax), & work by the kid & parents for as much as a year or two. A skilled pediatrician or pedi GI doc can help. Good luck. ...Read more
Acute constipation. Hard to pass stool. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 3x since yesterday, only passed a few pebbles. Abdom and rectal pain. Colon cancer in family. Help?
Constipation: First, constipation by itself is not a specific sign of colon cancer & colon cancer is very unlikely at age 21. Drink more water. Eat much less solid food until the constipation resolves. Can try suppository or enema too. Try stronger laxative like magnesium citrate. Avoid this problem by eating right, avoid junk food & excess alcohol, eat more fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. See your doctor. ...Read more
Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) the best stool softener to use for slow moving colon and constipation? (am on fentanyl patches 159 mg q2 days for chronic pain)
You have choices, and none are necessarily best for any one person. You might also try OTC supplement called Magnesium Oxide. Take according to the directions on the bottle. It should help stimulate your bowels to work, and also give you some magnesium to reduce pain and spasm.
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What is the possibility of colon cancer in teens w/ no family history? Symptoms are hard poop that makes me bleed, cramps. Go every day. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) helps
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
I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do I go to the emergency?
7d post-colonoscopy, no BM, nausea, bloating, reflux, abd pain, back pain. Tried fiber supp, MiraLax, (polyethylene glycol) prune juice. How else can I wake up my colon?
I have slow colonic transient. I've been on Miralax W/prune juice as prescribed for a year. It causes loose stools. My doctor Prefers that. Is it safe?
Yes: It is safe, however if you are not having an appropriate response, different treatment options exist (including prescribed medications such as Amitiza, Linzess). You should re-discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Stool sat in rectum overnight so constipated took mirilax and 2 suppositories since yesterday rectum and colon hurts so bad I can't even sit?
Enema: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or any laxatives won't help. You have to work from below. Since glycerin rectal suppository did not help, try administering a fleets enema or a gentle soap suds enema. If not successful and you're still very uncomfortable, you'll need to be manually disimpacted in the hospital emergency room. ...Read more
Crazy: Dr nguyen and heller are quite correct. The state of texas prosecuted practitioners of colonic cleansing because the procedure was ineffective and dangerous. This is outlawed in texas now. Patients were killed by perforation of the colon by inexperienced practitioners. This is a practice without scientific basis, in a word — quackery. ...Read more
Not a fan: I am not a fan of these techniques. Your colon is made to handle a high bacterial load and eliminate wastes. Proper nutrition and a high fiber diet with good hydration help it to work better in doing this. Aggressive cleanses can upset electrolyte balance and lead to colon irritation as well as upset normal bacterial flora (and lead to things like c-difficile colitis). ...Read more
You've seen the lite: Thanks for your follow-up question! Many people who "cleanse" do so to lose weight, to eliminate supposed "toxins" in their body (let me assure you there are few accumulated toxins in the gut in most healthy people!), to feel "empty", or for other misguided reasons. Unless you have undiagnosed disease, laxation can be safely & gently accomplished with diet & over-the-counter agents like miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more