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Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should i be concerned that both are category "c" ? What are the risks if any?

Is it safe to take both miralax (polyethylene glycol) and colace every day during pregnancy? Should i be concerned that both are category "c" ? What are the risks if any?

Good meds: These agents essentially stay within the gut and are minimally absorbed if at all, into the body. Since they don't reach the blood in any significant amount, they cannot have an effect on the fetus.Part of the category c label comes from not having enough research reports to move it into a safer listing.The cat c meds show no negative effects on baby. ...Read more

Miralax (Definition)

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


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What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

What is miralax (polyethylene glycol) used for?

Relieve constipation: It is a laxative, use to relieve constipation. It can be found over the counter. ...Read more

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What the right dose of miralax for a 4 month old baby?

What the right dose of miralax
 for a 4 month old baby?

I recommend 2.5-5 ml: but this depends a little on the size of your baby. Preschool children easily tolerate 1 cap full, which is 17 grams (about a tablespoon or 15ml). If dose is not effective in 8-12 hours, a repeat dose may be given until stool is soft. Too large a dose will cause diarrhea and can potentially cause dehydration, so be sure to offer fluids. ...Read more

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Can I take 5 doses of Miralax if i am severely constipated?

Can I take 5 doses of Miralax if i am severely constipated?

Dose-dependent drug: 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. We can't tell from your question if this is a one-time problem or a recurrent and progressive one. Also, we don't know if you're blocked, if your gut is sluggish, or your rectum works correctly. Consult your doc. ...Read more

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How much Miralax should I take to "clean" myself out? I'm severely constipated & the regular dose isn't working.

How much Miralax should I take to "clean" myself out? I'm severely constipated & the regular dose isn't working.

Try enema: If laxative has not worked, you may try Fleet's enema. The medication is available over the counter at drug stores. Drink enough water so that your urine is mostly colorless and increase your intake of fiber by taking Metamucil or fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...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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My K level was elevated to 5.2 last 3 test I have had.its normally 4.2. Cld prilorsec/miralax cause false testing results. I did bld test myself @ wrk?

My K level was elevated to 5.2 last 3 test I have had.its normally 4.2. Cld prilorsec/miralax cause false testing results. I did bld test myself @ wrk?

Technique: How did you collect blood? Even slight amount of hemolysis due to faulty technique for blood collection will raise K level. Get a trained phlebotomist to collect blood, do not engage in fist clenching and have the blood analyzed immediately. ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

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

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Is it okay to use 2 scoops of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Is it okay to use 2 scoops of miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Yes: It is recommended that you use 3 heaping tablespoons of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in every 8 oz of liquid. That is about 17grams daily. ...Read more

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What happens if you overdose on miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

What happens if you overdose on miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

= 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

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What would happen if i had 16 capfuls of miralax (polyethylene glycol) at once?

Laxative: Taking MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) at more than a recommended dose causes more diarrhea. This is often used as a bowel prep prior to colonoscopy in different brand names. Many conventionally available bowel preps are similar to MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in chemical constituents, except the fact that they are larger volumes. You should stay hydrated and should go to er if you do not feel well. ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax, which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Can i take zoloft and miralax together? drugs.com says it causes an interaction

Can i take zoloft and miralax together? drugs.com says it causes an interaction

Interaction: Just consider separating the times you take the Zoloft and the Miralax. That should be plenty to rid of any direct interaction. ...Read more

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If Miralax is not absorbed, does it stay in the gut forever? Where does it go?

If Miralax is not absorbed, does it stay in the gut forever? Where does it go?

Primarily fecal. : Consistent with its desired effect as an osmotic laxative, the vast majority of MiraLAX is excreted in the feces. There is a slight amount absorbed and excreted through the urine, but it is small. The half-life of MiraLAX is unknown. Good question and good luck. ...Read more

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Can I still have Miralax as a prescription medication or is it only over the counter now?

Can I still have Miralax as a prescription 
medication or is it only over the counter now?

Hard to say: This is something specific to your health care plan.Rule changes by the IRS removed over the counter products from those available as deductible on most HSA plans. Some insurers might cover this, others would not.Writing the script is the easy part.Getting it covered might be a problem.If you pay out of pocket, you would avoid the pharmacist service charge by buying it off the shelf. ...Read more

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I am having issues with constipation cause by medicine Topomax 100mg and Neurotryptaline 10mg. May I use miralax twice in one day?

I am having issues with constipation cause by medicine Topomax 100mg and Neurotryptaline 10mg. May I use miralax twice in one day?

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. Also, make sure you are not missing obstructing. ...Read more