MiraLax powder for oral solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: polyethylene glycol-3350 (pol-ee-ETH-il-een GLIE-col)
Brand Name: Examples include GlycoLax and MiraLax

MiraLax powder for oral solution is used for:

Treating occasional constipation.

MiraLax powder for oral solution is a laxative. It works by softening the stool and increasing the frequency of bowel movements by retaining water in the stool.

Do NOT use MiraLax powder for oral solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in MiraLax powder for oral solution
  • you have blockage of the stomach or intestine (nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or bloating); loss of strength in the intestinal muscles; chronic inflammation and ulceration of the bowel; holes in the intestine; or an enlarged colon

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using MiraLax powder for oral solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with MiraLax powder for oral solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with MiraLax powder for oral solution. However, no specific interactions with MiraLax powder for oral solution are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if MiraLax powder for oral solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use MiraLax powder for oral solution:

Use MiraLax powder for oral solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with MiraLax powder for oral solution. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Use the measuring cap that comes with MiraLax powder for oral solution to measure your dose. Mix the medicine in 4 to 8 oz of liquid unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may mix MiraLax powder for oral solution in water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea.
  • Do not use MiraLax powder for oral solution for more than 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of MiraLax powder for oral solution and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use MiraLax powder for oral solution.

Important safety information:

  • It may take 2 to 4 days for MiraLax powder for oral solution to work.
  • Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider to produce more regular bowel habits.
  • The risk of abnormal blood electrolyte levels and dependence on laxatives may be greater if you take MiraLax powder for oral solution in high doses or for a long time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take MiraLax powder for oral solution with other laxatives or stool softeners, unless directed by your doctor.
  • MiraLax powder for oral solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using MiraLax powder for oral solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if MiraLax powder for oral solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use MiraLax powder for oral solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of MiraLax powder for oral solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cramps; diarrhea; excessive or frequent bowel movements; gas; nausea; stomach bloating.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe or prolonged stomach cramps or diarrhea.

Proper storage of MiraLax powder for oral solution:

Store MiraLax powder for oral solution at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep MiraLax powder for oral solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about MiraLax powder for oral solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • MiraLax powder for oral solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take MiraLax powder for oral solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about MiraLax powder for oral solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to MiraLax powder for oral solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using MiraLax powder for oral solution.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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