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.
- MiraLax Information for Consumers
- MiraLax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of MiraLax (detailed)
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