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I am using miralax (polyethylene glycol) to pass a blockage by taking one cap every hour for 5 hours. Will this interfere with my birthcontrol pills effectiveness?

No. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is just a stool softener, it actually does not get absorbed in the GI tract and just draws more water into the colon. This should not interfere with your birth control efficacy. Read more...
No. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) does not interact with birth control pills. Just be sure to continue your regular dose, and not miss any doses, as this greatly decreases the efficacy of the pills. Hope this helps! Read more...

13 month old son has been constipated since birth. Taking miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stools are soft but hard to pass. He screams in pain, cries & grunts when pooping.

Needs specialist. If the stools are soft and your son is still crying in pain with bowel movements, a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist (specialist in stomach and bowel problems) is in order. It is possible that there is an anatomical problem which is interfering with normal stooling. Ask your primary doctor if a referral is needed. Read more...

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and taking 3 iron pills a day for anemia. Is Miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to take or is there something that would be better?

Yes. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is safe in pregnancy. It is used to treat occasional constipation. It works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool and increases the number of bowel movements. It is known as an osmotic-type laxative. It is classified as a category C drug. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with anismus. A clinic advised me to take two doses of miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily along with two sennoside pills. They claim this can be done forever without any harm. What are your thoughts on this?

Safe. More recently, there has been support for long term use of bowel stimulants and therapies for constipation. If you have the recommendation from your doctor, then i would feel comfortable with continuing. Read more...
Always Risks. Anytime laxatives are taken for a long period of time, there are usually some repercussions. The colon will eventually become weaker and weaker and can (but not always) stop functioning without the laxatives. However, sometimes this is the only answer to a problem. If you don't like your doctors recommendation, i submit you have a second opinion in person with another physician. Read more...