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Is it ok to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) for 3 months?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Depends on reason

No universal answer to this.
Chronic constipation can have many causes such as side effect of meds, metabolic disease (eg. Diabetes, hypothyroidism), neurologic disease, low fiber diet, obstruction from colon polyps/colon cancer. This is why over-the-counter laxatives should not be used long-term for symptoms of unknown reason; getting to the root of the problem is highly advisable.

In brief: Depends on reason

No universal answer to this.
Chronic constipation can have many causes such as side effect of meds, metabolic disease (eg. Diabetes, hypothyroidism), neurologic disease, low fiber diet, obstruction from colon polyps/colon cancer. This is why over-the-counter laxatives should not be used long-term for symptoms of unknown reason; getting to the root of the problem is highly advisable.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Might be

Agree with dr. Puppala's answer. If potentially serious causes checked for, ruled out, it can be used safely for 3 months.
Better to treat the underlying problem, diet changes, etc. Whenever possible.

In brief: Might be

Agree with dr. Puppala's answer. If potentially serious causes checked for, ruled out, it can be used safely for 3 months.
Better to treat the underlying problem, diet changes, etc. Whenever possible.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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