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Polyethylene Glycol Dangers
I accidentally inhaled a bit of the MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) powder while pouring it into some water. Is this dangerous??
Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more ...Read more
Hi im currentlly have been taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) for about two 3 days but I don't feel like its helping is it dangerous to try another type of laxitive?
Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. Are your symptoms acute or chronic? Blocked? Gut sluggish or is your rectum dysfunctional? Trauma, bleeding, pain, weight loss, history of colitis/infection? Don't keep self medicating--ask your doctor for help. ...Read more
Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. Don't like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.
?: If you diet is good why do you need all these laxatives and softeners? No you cannot use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) long term. Try water and exercise. Drink apple or prune juice. Get your system working on its own or you will be dependent on these softeners for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Is there any danger in taking a more immediate laxative while I've been using miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the past six days? Inguinal hernia, need bowel movement.
Yes, risky!: You need an exam if a week on laxatives has not helped. More can be bad for you! Drink lots of water, eat fruits/veggies, try probiotics (sauerkraut, etc). But see a Dr - blockages can be dangerous and other complications can be more trouble than a visit. So, go! Go soon. Best! ...Read more
PEG: Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more at www. Browardgi. Com. ...Read more
Within 4 hours: Typical instructions ask that you take 8 oz of the prep every 10 minutes until complete. Should be within 4 hours. ...Read more
Many use it longer: You should find out why you have chronic constipation first such as ruling out thyroid disease etc. If no underlying disease, try the natural way such as fibers, roughage, and adequate fluid daily. This med is relatively safe to use and many patients use it for months to yrs. Like any other med, use smallest effective dose for shortest possible time. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Risk vs benefits: Golytely (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative that is helpful for cleaning out the GI tract prior to surgery. Possible side effects are mallory- weiss tear- (very rare), nausea, vomiting, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, rawness of anus, hypersensitivity. Get help asap for an allergic reaction with swelling of tongue, lips or throat (difficulty breathing & hives). Call physician for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more
Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day (a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician. ...Read more
Is 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
Osmotic laxative: If you remember from science class putting sugar or other dry compound in small amount of water and placing it in lager container of tap water the tap water would cross the plastic bag and dilute the sugar water......Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative it prevents water from being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract thereby getting more water to the anus vice a dry poop. ...Read more
Generally yes: Also known as "MiraLax", this is generally safe to take daily, however it should be done under the direction of a physician if there is an ongoing problem which requires a daily medication for constipation. Also, as with any other over the counter medications, adhere to the directions on the bottle regarding daily dose. ...Read more
No: It will make you empty your colon. ...Read more
Depends on reason: No universal answer to this. Chronic constipation can have many causes such as side effect of meds, metabolic disease (eg. Diabetes, hypothyroidism), neurologic disease, low fiber diet, obstruction from colon polyps/colon cancer. This is why over-the-counter laxatives should not be used long-term for symptoms of unknown reason; getting to the root of the problem is highly advisable. ...Read more
Yes: That should be no problem.Get a more detailed answer ›
= Colonoscopy prep: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is essentially a small dose of oral lavage widely prescribed for years in preparation for colonoscopy. The drug is not generally absorbed, so more taken means more of it available to promote bowel evacuation. An "overdose" of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) approaches the dose that optimally cleanses the colon for colonoscopy as something called "MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) prep." don't "od" on your own--see doctor for right dose. ...Read more
Ask a vet: This question would be best answered by an animal doctor and not human doctors. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Quite a few studies have shown that it may work well in certain kids with encopresis. ...Read more
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