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.
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.
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.
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
*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)
*laying on your stomach
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?
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...
NO! IT'S NOT OKAY, THINK ABOUT IT... IF IT STOPS OUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM FROM CONTRACTING ON ITS OWN, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT'S DOING TO A SMALL CHILD? ..AND THEN THEY'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS AREN'T THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THE HEALTH OF THEIR CHILD IN THE FUTURE. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO GIVE YOUR CHILD THAT ARE SAFER. Ex.. mineral oil is great for occasional use. AND I WOULD BE CHANGING DIET MORE THAN I WOULD BE GIVING MEDICINE!! Stop feeding your kids un- nutritional food like McDonald's Happy Meals and ramen noodles and fish sticks!! They need fruits and veggies, more veggies than fruits!! And there's all kinds of ways to dress them up to make them more appealing to a child! TRUST ME, I have 5 kids and my daughter went through the same, from birth on... I DON'T CARE WHAT PROBLEM YOU'RE GOING THROUGH YOU CAN FIND THE RIGHT FOODS TO HELP YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM DAILY THAT'S ALSO WITH ANY OTHER DISEASE OR ILLNESSES DIET HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT! SORRY I WAS IN MY SPEAK TO TEXT AND FOR SOME REASON IT GOT STUCK ON CAPS.
- MiraLax Information for Consumers
- MiraLax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of MiraLax (detailed)
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