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Is it ok to take miralax every day for long period of time?

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suzanne66 11 Sep 2009

Polyethylene glycol 3350 (Miralax) is used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements. It should only be used for a short time. Talk to your doctor or Pharmacist about a safer long term laxative.


nightprowler1961 8 Nov 2010

I have tryed everthing know to man,my doctor/a gastro. doc. is the one who wanted me too take it 2 time per day,because 1 per day wasn't working.So i have to disagree with you.Sorry my spelling is bad,I'M relearning to spell,and everthing eles in life,due to 72 weeks of Peggasy and interferon treatment for Hep. C I all most didn't live thur that.But i have been cheating death my whole life.I hope i can help someone here,I need that to make my self feel better.

sborucki 9 Feb 2015

I think you are fine. Miralax has been a lifesaver for my 8 year old. I took him to a pediatric gastro at 3 years old because ever since he has been on table food he screams and cries when he has to go. I feared celiac disease. He was tested and and is negative. His gastro put him on Miralax adult dose everyday since she diagnosed him with chronic constipation. If he misses a dose or two we definitely know it. It's still so painful he cries and I have cried with him. His pediatrician knows he's on it daily and backs up the gastro so as long as the docs agree and my boy can have a happy healthy day I am trusting they know what they are doing. The gastro actually tole me Miralax can be given to babies as young as 3 month and you can take it the rest of your life.

lking2619 22 Jul 2010

My son who is going to be 4 in September has been taking adult doses of MiraLax everyday for the past year and a half. The doctors do not seem to think that there is any problem in this (they are the ones who put him on the medication at the dosage he is taking), so I think it is pretty safe to say that it is okay to take MiraLax for a long period of time. My best suggestion would be to check with your doctor before taking any medication for a long period of time on your own.

kathydpa_10956 7 Nov 2010

Excuse me for commenting, but your son is 4 and taking adult doses of Miralax? Why? Is he bedridden or other? This concerns me greatly and can't help wonder why any doctor would do this. I would think a diet of pears and other fiber rich foods would be better for your son. Please check with your local pharmacist and ask if this is correct. Take care.

lking2619 7 Nov 2010

Thank you for your comment. Actually we tried fiber rich foods, but that did not help at all. When we first found out that my son was completely impacted(two years ago), the doctor put him on Milk of Mag. However, this did not help either. It was another pedi gastroenterologist that put him on the Miralax. It took forever for that to begin working. Now, my son is doing better. His dosage is down to 1 cap every other day (to keep him going). I asked the doctor about the dosage that my son was on, and was told that Miralax is one of the safest drugs to take for chronic costipation over a long period of time. I still did not like the dosage. If we go too much longer than every other day without the medicine, my son gets constipated again. He eats the proper amount of fiber, but it doesn't keep him regular. Even prunes do not help.

jennasmom1 20 Jul 2013

From my experiece with my daughter. Miralax is pure POISON!

Iluvourboys2 15 Oct 2017

You should get on the Facebook page of Parents Against Miralax. They are in contact with the FDA. There have been many adverse effects reported. Many share the health issues their children/babies have had. They send the info to the FDA so it's documented. They have also responded.

Kingbuba 26 Jul 2016

After spine surgery my gastroenterologist told me it is fine for daily use. Basically it just draws water into the colon to keep the stool soft sort of like a stool softener.

If you have ever been impacted you will know soft stool is important.

Billgriggs 23 Sep 2016

I was put on it "when needed" lately I get short of breath and even light headed and feel better when I take it, worried about Heart, but blood pressure is good and Doctor just says it's my IBS, when it feels like something is constricting my heart. Anyone else relate?

Philly115 1 Oct 2016

Yea I've had my heart start racing and I'll get lightheaded, but after I use the restroom having a BM made it better. I'll start to get numb on my left side of my body. It's really scary, but I've been checked at the doc for everything heart, brain etc and they say everything is normal.

CharPol 23 Sep 2017

I am a senior citizen who was instructed by my gastroenterologist a number of years ago to take MiraLax every day the rest of my life due to a history of constipation and a bout with diverticulitis.
Recently while visiting family for a week in another state, I didn't take the time to take MiraLax. The night after arriving home I was admitted into the hospital with a Small Bowel Blockage, worse pain than child birth. Fortunately it resolved itself after a few days in the hospital, avoiding surgery. In my case, I prefer taking MiraLax the rest of my life which is far less dangerous than diverticulitis, bowel blockage, pain and possible surgery. I have tried high fiber, large amounts of water, and all of the other things that work for other people, but not for me. We're all different.

Mgeor18 4 Nov 2017

My mom is 84 she had been told by doctors to take miralax for the long term. It has now been 10 yrs. I think her mind is going now. She gets easily flustered, panicky, paranoid and scared. She has never been like this. She’s been like this for 6 months and it came all of a sudden. Some people think it’s dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Does miralax cause trouble with the mind?

CharPol 4 Nov 2017

I am 82 and forgetful, but I was that way before taking Miralax every day. My 84 year old friend has lost a good part of her memory and has never taken Miralax. Whether Miralax contributes to dementia or Alzheimers I don't know. Researching for any studies relating to Miralax and loss of memory/mood change might be a good idea. Also researching side effects of any other prescriptions taken might be helpful.

bethatone 30 Nov 2017

So for someone who has chronic stomach issues.I have been taking miralax daily for a long time the only side effect is it makes me gain water weight .Due to the fact that it absorbs water into the colon.Which for easy bathroom time is worth it to me.

For the parents of the kids with bowel issues.
Some things that helped me as a kid were:
*Rubbing my stomach from right to left then left to right with slight pressure
*taking benifiber
*not eating as much sugar breads or milk products(I'm not intolerant to them just helps my body to not eat them as much)
*Warm baths
*laying on your stomach

Jeaniii50 18 Dec 2017

I have been talking it for 1+ years. I was told to drink a lot of water also. My problem is that when it does start to work that I cannot stop going. The stool is so soft, almost like diarrhea. No matter how much I try to regulate dosage nothing keeps the runs away. Every other day doesn't work, lower doses doesn't work, just can't seem to get a normal, solid, consistent bowel movement. If I do not take the Miralax then I get very impacted with stool. Embarrassing but I need to do digital removal to get things moving . Having diarrhea is very irritating to the rectum and hemorrhoids. Tucks, hemorrhoid creams, etc just don't work for the severe burning irritation irritation. Doctor gave me prescription cream also. I just can't seem to find a happy medium. Anyone else have this problem?

CharPol 19 Dec 2017

So sorry to hear about your dilemma. Cutting Miralax dosage and spreading them days apart helped me from being too loose. Since I was having irregular heart beats my cardiologist suggested I take over the counter magnesium. Forgot to ask him how much, so I started taking two 400 mg capsules with food twice a day. Whoa, worked as well as Miralax. Had to back off to two a day. My heart and bowels are now regular. Wonder if that would help you. Believe Milk of Magnesia is derived from magnesium.

Maria Lagillardaie 30 Jun 2018

I have had similar experiences. I relate to digital removal and it is embarrassing! I've been on Miralax for several years and have been experiencing the listed side effects (i.e. nausea,l bloating, stomach pain, major abdominal cramps, etc.) I also take magnesium which gives me the runs. I should stop this, but I''m paranoid I won't be able to go. I also experience rectal bleeding every now and then.

Mandi33 26 Jan 2018

Ok I'm going to try to make this as short as possible... I take Miralax everyday sometimes 2 times a day. When I take it twice a day it feels like I'm dehydrated even though I'm drinking a ton of water( half my body weight). I'm going to contradict myself or sounds backwards but there's a reason... If a doctor prescribes this to you and says it safe then go ahead and do it but listen to your body. If a doctor did not prescribe it I would not do it until you get permission. Taking a laxative on a daily basis is going to stop your intestines from Contracting on their own and that is a bigger problem than probably what you're dealing with. Unless your intestines aren't working (like mine isn't) and not Contracting on it's own, then by all means, you probably need to take something. But definitely do not listen to these people telling you oh I give it to my child it's under doctor supervision it must be okay...

roosky 14 Feb 2018

I hope I can help anyone reading this post. I suffered from constipation from when I was a kid to now a male adult late 30's. I tried most every laxative on the market to have occasional relief. I tried to eat healthy, lots of whole grains(i.e. fiber), fruits, and veggies. I was very active teen, high-school football, basketball track, wrestling and maintain a healthy lifestyle as an adult running marathons. In my 30's STILL having problems and was taking Miralax every day with my morning shakes. I would buy Miralax at Costco by the cases and told myself "this will be my lifestyle forever" if they ever quit selling Miralax I'm in trouble. I had 2 colonoscopies in my late 20's worried this could be signs of colon cancer or crohn's but findings came back clear. The Doctors didn't have any answers other than "some people have different digestive issues than others".

Graaaa 28 Mar 2018

Thanks @roosky, I think you’re answer really helped a lot and I’ll have to give your advice a try. I have been prescribed MiraLax and been taking a couple doses a day. It works when I take it but I’ve been concerned if my body will just depend on it and not be able to function on it’s own in the long run. Anyways,I’m still a pretty young teen so I would definitely like a better alternative. So, thanks for taking the time to write your experience to help others who are in the same boat :).

Leaflet 2 Apr 2018

I am on a medication for the long term that causes severe constipation. I have no choice but to take a laxative for the long term as I have absolutely no motility without one. Miralax I was told by my two physicians was without a doubt the safest choice and does not promote dependence or tolerance as other laxatives do. The problem I am having is finding a dose that creates consistent results that I can rely on every day to avoid an embarrassing accident. I am experimenting, but it is hard to find a solution that either does not confine one to home morning or evening or doesn't leave one questioning whether they have eliminated completely. Any suggestions welcome.

sa7375 9 Apr 2018

In fact, I have the same question: that is how long can one take it continuously. And this becomes more relevant when the Directions on the bottle itself clearly prescribes "Take no more than 7 days". How is that to be interpreted? free discount card

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