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Doctor insights on: Mirilax And Long Thin Stool

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How long can I take stool softners/miralax after having a spinchterectomy and fissurectomy?

How long can I take stool softners/miralax after having a spinchterectomy and fissurectomy?

Indefinitely: There is no harm in using these as long as you need them. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help them work. ...Read more

Miralax (Definition)

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


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I have possible crohn's, and get constipated from meds. I'm on miralax , I have had blood in the stool for a long time, but have noticed an increase?

I have possible crohn's, and get constipated from meds. I'm on miralax , I have had blood in the stool for a long time, but have noticed an increase?

Blood: Bright red blood is often from a bleeding hemorrhoid (internal or external) while darker blood can be from a source higher up, like a colon tumor, a bleeding diverticula or from an inflammatory process like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause pencil thin stool?

Comcermnng: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other agents used for constipation should not cause pencil thin stools. I am concerned that you are requiring daily constipation medications. You need to see a gastroenterologist who then may proceed with a colonoscopy to make sure you have nothing in your colon that is causing the thin stool and you then need to discuss the issue of constipation. Please proceed with the GI physician ...Read more

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Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) change caliber of stool? Am being treated for constipation. Before miralax (polyethylene glycol) calibur was normal - with miralax (polyethylene glycol) stools are slow and thin.

Can miralax (polyethylene glycol) change caliber of stool? Am being treated for constipation. Before miralax (polyethylene glycol) calibur was normal - with miralax (polyethylene glycol) stools are slow and thin.

Oh my...: Before you contemplate long term laxative use, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not,more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more

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Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) a laxative or stool softener? Addicting? How long to take to heal anal fissure?

Wetting agent: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is primarily a wetting agent,that holds on to water as it moves through your system and softens the stool.It is not addicting,but when you wean off the material, I would do so gradually.When your stool softens, you should empty more often, so the fissure is not pressured by a larger volume. This should allow healing within a week or two, but recurrence can occur if you return to old habits ...Read more

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What option is best for keeping stool soft long term while treating a fissure but avoiding dependence (colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or magnesium oxide)?

What option is best for keeping stool soft long term while treating a fissure but avoiding dependence (colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or magnesium oxide)?

Try drinking lots: Of water with prune juice, eating more fruits and veggies and exercising daily. Take care! http://health.Howstuffworks.Com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-constipation.Htm. ...Read more

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I'm having a lot of difficulty with bowel movements and was wondering how long it takes for this miralax (polyethylene glycol) to kick in and allow me to get a stool out?

I'm having a lot of difficulty with bowel movements and was wondering how long it takes for this miralax (polyethylene glycol) to kick in and allow me to get a stool out?

It can be up to 12-24 hours : Male sure you are seeing your doctor on this. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can work faster than the above, but you need to hydrate more as constipation can be caused from dehydration. You may need a stool softener too. Most importantly if you have pain or not pooped in 2 days, you need to call your doctor now for stronger recommendations. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Will miralax soften stool that is already hard, or does it only work on "new" stool?

Will miralax soften stool that is already hard, or does it only work on "new" stool?

Depends: some stool is so hard the miralx and fluid you drink will find it hard to penetrate. That stool needs to pass. Other, softer stool will become loosened by the miralax/water solution and become softer. If hard stool not passing could try mineral oil or enemas form below ...Read more

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When I use 2 scoops miralax/day, my stool is too lose.When I cut to 1 1/2 scoops/day, my stool is soft but doesn't come out. I drink plenty of fluid.?

When I use 2 scoops miralax/day, my stool is too lose.When I cut to 1  1/2 scoops/day, my stool is soft but doesn't come out. I drink plenty of fluid.?

Find out why: Find out why you need MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in the first place. Normal gut health + healthy diet equals 1-2 bm's per day on own. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator funtion to find a functional medicine doctor in your area to order specialized gut testing like diagnostechs stool profile or genova cdsa to find gut problem preventing normal function. Start a daily probiotic to restore normal flora till then. ...Read more

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X-ray showed that I was backed up with stool. Taken Miralax once a day for three days now with no result. Does that indicate something serious?

X-ray showed that I was backed up with stool. Taken Miralax once a day for three days now with no result. Does that indicate something serious?

Fecal impaction.: It seems like you have a severe type of constipation called fecal impaction. 3 days of Miralax is insufficient. Continue using Miralax to soften stool "from above", but also consider consulting with a GI specialist to get a prescription for an enema ("from below"). You may also need a different laxative. A combination of approaches is needed when stool is impacted. TTYD or use Healthtap Prime. GL ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day for three weeks. Can the medication change size and texture of stool?

Yes: Yes, that's the point of the medication. It causes fluid to stay in the bowel, which softens the stool and makes it easier to pass. ...Read more

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Would it be advisable to use miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a few days..Just to see if I have stool that is not being eliminated?

If you have: No symptoms i would avoid that experiment. It is best not to train the bowels especially if you have no symptoms of distension, pain, constipation, or nausea. Eat a high residue diet, get plenty of exercise and drink a fair amount of water. Let your GI tract handle itself. ...Read more

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Is drinking tea good or bad for loosing impacted stool /miralax and hot tea to get water in the the intestineal track to relieve a stuborn case of con?

Is drinking tea good or bad for loosing impacted stool /miralax and hot tea to get water in the the intestineal track to relieve a stuborn case of con?

Tea can tighten: Tea is liquid-that can be good for constipation, but contains tannins which can aggravate it. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative, tasteless, can be in most liquids. Mix up what you are taking, add some variety, but plain water with MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) works fine. ...Read more

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I took miralax prep for colonoscopy tomorrow..also 4 stool softeners as directed along with the broth jello diet..started the cleanse at 4 p.m. still ?

I took miralax prep for colonoscopy tomorrow..also 4 stool softeners as directed along with the broth jello diet..started the cleanse at 4 p.m. still ?

May take awhile: Hi BShetty,
The bowel prep for a colonoscopy can be very challenging to take. Because the goal is to clear your colon of stool completely, the regimen is very aggressive and you may be having bowel movements almost continuously until it is just clear liquid coming out. Depending on the regimen, you may also experience residual cramping as the effects of the laxative wear off. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I took a whole bottle of stool softner by mistake will i be ok? the brand is Miralax (polyethylene glycol)

I took a whole bottle of stool softner by mistake will i be ok? the brand is Miralax (polyethylene glycol)

Overdose: This begs the question why and if there is an underlying problem.
You may experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These could lead to significant dehydration. If any of the symptoms are severe seek treatment. ...Read more

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Does Polyethylene Glycol or also called miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause green sticky stools ? Please help

Does Polyethylene Glycol or also called miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause green sticky stools ? Please help

Not usually.: MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) does not usually cause green sticky stools. If anything, it usually causes watery stools that are the same color as the stool was prior to taking the medication. Green stools are not usually worrisome. Unless you see black tarry stool or signs of red blood, I would not worry about it. Good luck. ...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

Feces (Definition)

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