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What Are The Long Term Effects Of Taking Miralax
Not much : Miralax is generally felt to be ok for long term use. There are other laxatives, called stimulant laxatives that can cause problems. Miralax seems to work safely as it is not absorbed by the gut. It draws water in, thereby keeping stools soft without affecting other systems or adversely affecting the intestine as it "passes through" the GI tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can long term MiraLax become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..
Sons on miralax,2 cap fills a day since he 2 yo,now he's 7. Recently Ex-Lax has been added every other day for constipation. Long term side affects?
Constipation: Long term use of Miralax is not associated with any long term side effects. The same can not be said for ex lax. I do not want to counter the advice given by his doctor as I do not know his medical history and how severe his constipation is. The problem with laxatives when they are used long term is the body gets used to them and then we can't go without them, but if he isn't anyway no problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?
Laxatives: Laxatives are usually used in addition to eating high fiber diet to help regulate bowel movement. There have been recent studies tring to identify if there is association between obessive compulsive disorder and tremor and laxatives. Still the jury is out. Constipation need to be treated with behavioral modifications to help trigger children to go to the bath around the same time every day ...Read more
Chronic impactions and constipation bc of long term opioid use, tried miralax, lactulose, no help. How's methylnaltrexone?
What option is best for keeping stool soft long term while treating a fissure but avoiding dependence (colace, miralax, or magnesium oxide)?
Is miralax safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax everyday. I also have chronically low potassium
Yes per your Doctor: Miralax increases the amount of water in your stool , making bowel movements easier/frequent.Use only as prescribe by your doctor.Max 34g/day. Pour the powder into the cap up to the marked line (the dose is about 1 heaping tablespoon (17gm) dissolve in 4-8 ounces water/ juice/coffee/tea/soda and drink. Common side effects gas, nausea. Report breathing problems/diarrhea/severe bloating/stomach pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take miralax to work? I've been taking it since thursday, march 6, with no results.
Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX 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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