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Dr. Patricia Raymond
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Polyethylene Glycol (Definition)

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


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My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?

Maybe: Until you have had a thorough evaliuation by a gastroenterologist or colon and rectal surgeon, i would not use it. One needs to determine the cause of the constipation and remedy that first. ...Read more

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In cases of severe constipation is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day?

In cases of severe constipation is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice a day?

More or less: Yes, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or peg 3350 is a safe way to introduce more water and therefore all the benefits of a stool softener into your daily routine. Most laxatives can cause painful cramps and ultimately are habit forming. If a water stool develops return to one capful daily. Remember to introduce more exercise and make time for your daily routine. ...Read more

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I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?

I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?

Unrelated: but the bowel issue needs attention. Regular habits and Adequate water, prunes, natural should get you off formal laxatives? Consult with gastroenterology to be sure no other significant bowel disease, obstruction. ...Read more

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Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?

I prescribe it: There are many options for constipation in pregnancy. First involves making sure you are taking enough water and fiber in your diet. Metamucil or fibercon can be used in addition to natural sources of fiber. Colace twice daily often helps as well. But for those patients who don't see improvement on that regimen, either a dulcolax suppository or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is the next thing i typically suggest. ...Read more

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My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?

Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is fine. Most important, though, is drinking lots of water. The hormones of early pregnancy slow the bowel down, so constipation is a problem. It usually gets better in the second trimester, but then worse again in the late third. When the baby's head is taking up room in the pelvis. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Obstipation (Definition)

Obstipation is a symptom in which one has severe constipation, often ...Read more


Golytely (Definition)

GoLytely is a laxative which is a ...Read more