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Bloated & constipated. Haven't had a complete bowel movement in over 5 days. Took 2 Colace & 1 suppository. Only partial movements. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe?

Constipation. If you have a strong urge to have a bm but can't, work from below with a dulcolax rectal suppository or fleets enema or a gentle tap water enema. In stubborn cases manual disimpaction is required. If you don't have an urge to move your bowels and are not having severe cramps, then miralax (polyethylene glycol) or other laxatives can be used. Read more...

Can I use colace as a miralax (polyethylene glycol) replacement every day for chronic constipation?

Up to your doctor. Talking with your own doctor about this will yield more personalized results -- it looks like you've had quite an extensive workup of your GI complaints. Being on chronic laxatives is likely to be unhealthy for you in the long run. Colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener, not a laxative -- but some say it causes cramping. Hoping you and your doctor can arrive at a helpful plan. Read more...
Colace (docusate sodium) You can use colace instead of miralax (polyethylene glycol). Although clinical trial showed MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to be more effective. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe to use chronically. I would use colace on a needed basis. Best not to use medication chronically if you could help it. Eat high fiber diet and adequate hydration. Use citrucel, one tablespoon in 8 oz of water daily first before using medications. Read more...

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...

I have not had a BM in 10 days and know my chest is hurting, I'm always constipated I have take dulcolax, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colace, mag, enema no results?

Ive always had. success with Milk of Magnesia.Take a capful every 8 hours until u go.If you don't go after 3 doses,go to the ER.You may have become resistant to laxatives.Plan to see Gastroenterology for help with your chronic constipation.Once u do go,get on daily Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and a high fiber diet.Stop all stimulant laxatives. Read more...

My K level is 3.2. I have been really constipated and have taken MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) for 2 days and Colace for 3 days. Can I take 200mg of Colace today (the 4th day) or is my K level too low to be taking these laxatives?

Other options. If your potassium is low, your magnesium might be low as well. Try a magnesium supplement of about 200-250 mg once or twice day and make sure you are drinking a lot of water with the Colace (docusate sodium) since it works by holding water in the stool. Another supplement that can be helpful for constipation is Vitamin C 1000 mg once to three times per day. If you start getting diarrhea, decrease your doses. Read more...
Laxatives & low K. you can lose potassium if you have diarrhea but it's ok to take 2 colace (docusate sodium) per day for constipation. You can also try senna or Metamucil or citrucil to increase fiber and help constipation. You can also eat leafy green veggies and drink OJ and eat bananas to raise your potassium. Read more...
K level constipate. Your k level low but if you eat 3-4 bananas you can bring it up. Also pedialyte. What may help with your consitpation is hydration, drink about 3 -3.5 liters of fluid water /gatorade a day just water will decrease sodium eat high fiber, avocados, cup of oats, cup of lentils, brown rice, barley strawberries, kale. F/u w/doc discuss Milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) krystalose. Read more...

Had a fecal impaction in january now it's cleared but I keep getting constipated. Used miralax (polyethylene glycol) for the impaction now relying on colace for reg bm.

More Fiber... Make sure you are eating 30-40 grams of fiber per day to optimize transit through your GI tract. If still constipated despite a healthy high fiber diet and active lifestyle, then start adding stool softners (e.g. Colace), daily or every other day dose of gentle laxative (e.g. Miralax). You should try and have a bm at least once every 3 days. Consider seeing a gastroenterologist. Read more...