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Doctor insights on: Miralax And Colon Cleanses

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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IS Miralax a good laxative to take for dilated colon? How much is typocally required?

IS Miralax a good laxative to take for dilated colon? How much is typocally required?

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

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How much MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should I take to clean out colon quickly?

How much MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should I take to clean out colon quickly?

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

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I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??

I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??

Likely safe: 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.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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Redundant colon, candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps. Use instead of surgery?

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

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I am severely constipated, and my doctor recommended that I clean my colon completely tomorrow with miralax (polyethylene glycol). How can I do that?

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

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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?

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?

Constipation: Eating fruits and vegetables usually help maintain a healthy bowel function and can reduce constipation. A trial of one of the laxative types could be reasonable: methylcellulose and ispaghula husks. Different brand names may exist in different countries. ...Read more

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Do i still need to take all the 4 Dulcolax and 8.3 ounes of miralax (polyethylene glycol) power for colon scope if I have been having loose stools for 5 weeks?

Yes: Follow the instructions you were given. You don't want to go in for your colonoscopy, be anesthetized, and then wake to find out they couldn't complete the procedure because you weren't adequately cleaned out. It's a waste of time and money... And embarrassing, too! ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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)

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)

Choices: 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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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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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?

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?

Depends: Depends, how long it has been since last bm, do you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, any other symptoms, if yes than go to er, if no you may want to try to see you doctor first. But in any case don't wait too long. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Call: Your gastroenterologist or the doctor who performed the colonoscopy now. Do not wait. Call for instructions & you may need an exam to be sure there are no complications from your procedure. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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Do colon clense help?

Do colon clense help?

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

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Does colon clensing work?

Does colon clensing work?

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

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Is there a safer way rather doing a colon cleansing?

Is there a safer way rather doing a colon cleansing?

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

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Help please! Is bowltrol the healthiest way to efficiently cleanse your colon?

Help please! Is bowltrol the healthiest way to efficiently cleanse your colon?

No: There is no need for colon cleansing. One needs to have regular bowel movements. Generous fiber intake help. Some people may need stool softners. ...Read more

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What is a colon cleanse?

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

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Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

Does oatmeal cleanse colon?

High in fiber: Eating oatmeal will add a lot of fiber to your diet which in turn will keep your bowels more regular. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more


Miralax (Definition)

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