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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 ...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

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What can I do about severe constipation?

What can I do about severe constipation?

Full assessment: Constipation has many contributors. Diet high in simple carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, starches), lack of exercise, and lack of fluid intake are primary reasons, followed closely by medications that dry you out. If you are a woman, menopause can also be a contributor. That being said, adding daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 17g twice a day with water will help, and follow with an otc mild laxative for a few days. ...Read more

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What can you do about severe constipation?

What can you do about severe constipation?

Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! Stop the caffeine! ...Read more

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What can be done to cure a severe constipation?

What can be done to cure a severe constipation?

Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less.
80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum. ...Read more

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I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

I suffer from severe constipation once in a week?

Fiber and water: Drink more water and eat more fiber, or add metamucil or similar fiber supplement. If getting worse see a doctor. ...Read more

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I get severe constipation during summer. Why would this happen?

Excessive fluid: Losses due to heat and more strenous activity along with excessive soft drinks and tea with caffeine and alcohol all can lead to constipation. ...Read more

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Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Not occassionally: But harsh laxatives like exlax, dulcolax, magnesium citrate, correctol can cause severe problems. Stay on a liquid diet, take mineral oil and/or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) until blockage is resolved. ...Read more

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Severe constipation after gastroenteritis, help?

Severe constipation after gastroenteritis, help?

Constipation: Start over the counter stool softeners. If it's getting worse and not getting better you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can they treat severe constipation in the er?

How can they treat severe constipation in the er?

Fecal Disimpaction: Severe constipation in the er is treated by either combination or solitary treatment of enema, lactulose - a laxative, and/or manual stimulation. ...Read more

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Could a open colonic help relieve severe constipation?

Could a open colonic help relieve severe constipation?

NO: Colonics are a holistic hoax (rhymes with joke)
Drink plenty of water, eat hi-fiber diet and take stool softners if necessary ...Read more

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Is it worth it to go to the ER for severe constipation?

Depends...duration: If very sick go er. If not, stable, can try fleet's enema, magcitrate, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) dulcolax suppositary. ...Read more

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What's the best way to help a 6 yr old with severe constipation?

What's the best way to help a 6 yr old with severe constipation?

Diet, activity: Try a high fiber diet, lots of fluids and regular exercise. This is the most natural way to fight constipation. ...Read more

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What to do if my 77 year old grandmother is having severe constipation, even anema hasn't worked?

What to do if my 77 year old grandmother is having severe constipation, even anema hasn't worked?

Go see Gastroenterol: Assuming that she's tried to maximize fiber, fluids & exercise, then she can consider over-the-counter stool softeners & laxatives. Failing that, take her to see her Family Doc or Geriatrician to review medications for causes & check for hypothyroidism, anemia etc. After that, need to go to Gastroenterologist for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine? I am using suppository everyday.

Slow versus normal?: Has structural pathology been ruled out in your colon or rectum, and have you had an assessment of GI transit (slow versus normal "constipation"), of metabolic diseases (low thyroid, low adrenal), & of possible abdominal pathology external to the gut? Continued use of irritant suppositories may do more harm. If stool softeners, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) & diet modification don't help, please get checked by doctor. ...Read more

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I've had severe constipation for the past month now and now I'm seeing a good amount of red blood showing up mixed with what Lil I can get out?

I've had severe constipation for the past month now and now I'm seeing a good amount of red blood showing up mixed with what Lil I can get out?

Gastroenterologist: Blood in stools is abnormal and must be investigated. In your case it may be from hemorrhoids or an anal fissure brought on or aggravated by straining at stool. In the meantime your constipation has to also be addressed. If you have the urge but can't move your bowels, insert a glycerin rectal suppository or use a dulcolax suppository or a lubricated fleets enema gently. Consult a gastroenterologi ...Read more

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I think I may have severe constipation. No prior hx of const. Took lax 2x over 3 days prior to taking mag citrate today 6 hrs ago. Minimal response?

Mag citrate works: You should be able to move your bowels after the mag citrate. Sometimes, constipated patients also benefit from a suppository or a small enema to help the bowels move from the bottom up, in addition to from the top down. ...Read more

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