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What are the long term effects of taking miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

What are the long term effects of taking miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Not much : Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is generally felt to be ok for long term use. There are other laxatives, called stimulant laxatives that can cause problems. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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 more

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Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

Can long term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) become toxic due to buildup in the body?? Neurological/cardiovascular effects?? I have Gilbert's disease..

No: miralax (polyethylene glycol) stays in the Gastrointestinal tract and doesnt get absorbed into the body, so their should be no neurologic affects. Even if you have Gilbert's disease, which affects the liver, the miralax (polyethylene glycol) doesnt go to the liver at all. It just draws water into the intestinal tract ...Read more

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Sons on miralax, (polyethylene glycol)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?

Sons on miralax, (polyethylene glycol)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 (polyethylene glycol) 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 more

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My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old. She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) and dulcalax. Any risks to long term use?

My 8 year old daughter has had to be on laxatives since she was 6 weeks old.  She is currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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

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Chronic impactions and constipation bc of long term opioid use, tried miralax, (polyethylene glycol) lactulose, no help. How's methylnaltrexone?

Get help: Methylnaltrexone is part of the answer. You'll also need medical support and counselling to successfully and permanently come off the opiates. ...Read more

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Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.

Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont 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

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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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Chronic low potassium and WPW syndrome. Is Lactulose and Miralax safe long term? Would they cause excessive potassium loss?

Chronic low potassium and WPW syndrome. Is Lactulose and Miralax safe long term? Would they cause excessive potassium loss?

Why the low K, Matt?: If it's consistently well below range, get checked for hyperaldosteronism (adenoma, metabolic defect) and renal tubular potassium wasting. That's the real question. These meds don't really do much with potassium ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium

Yes per your Doctor: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 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 more

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Does miralax and meautcimal if you take both will you get diarrhea and for how long will the diarrhea countinue for?

Does miralax and meautcimal if you take both will you get diarrhea and for how long will the diarrhea countinue for?

Depends: It would depend on how much of each of these medications you took. If there was only one episode of intake, the effects should wear off in a couple of days. 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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is being on benefiber and miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a long time ok?

Is being on benefiber and miralax (polyethylene glycol) for a long time ok?

Can be, but...: Too complex to answer in this forum. If taking these products instead of dietary intake, would fix the diet; activity; meds, etc. Overall, safe to take in adults, check with pediatrician, if talking about kids. ...Read more

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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

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How long can I take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You can take miralax (polyethylene glycol) indefinitely as long as you need it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was wondering, Everytime I take a shower or pee it gets my butt wet and it burns and my butt hurts. I took miralax not to long ago like a week.

I was wondering, Everytime I take a shower or pee it gets my butt wet and it burns and my butt hurts. I took miralax not to long ago like a week.

Need more info...: In order to answer your question, I would need to know where exactly your "butt" hurts-is the area where it hurts the place you sit or is it the rectum itself, etc. I would also want to know what the pain feels like-is it a burning sensation, an ache like a pulled muscle, etc. If this pain continues, I would recommend seeing your family doctor who will examine you and find out more details. ...Read more