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Helps get things moving.

Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) provides effective relief of constipation without "cramping" your style.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 226 reviewsforMiralax
Upsides
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  • Miralax is the most recommended laxative by pharmacists and doctors.
  • Most people felt it was worth the hassle.
  • It's gluten and sugar free.
  • It causes little to no cramping, bloating, gas, or feelings like you "have to go right now" compared to some other medicines to treat constipation.
  • Works differently than other over-the-counter laxatives so it's a great alternative if other medicines haven't worked.
Downsides
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  • You have to dissolve Miralax in a beverage and drink it versus taking a pill.
  • It's not for children 16 years or younger.
  • Miralax doesn't work overnight. It can take up to 2-4 days to have a bowel movement.
  • It's not recommended that you take it for more than a week, so it you haven't had any success, you'll need to call your doctor for other laxative options.
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Used for
  • Barium enema
  • Preparation Colonoscopy - Preparation of bowel for procedure
  • Fecal impaction Operative procedure on large intestine
  • Colorectal - Preparation of bowel for procedure
Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
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226 reviews so far
75%
saidit'sworth it
54%
saiditworked well
10%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Colyte (Polyethylene Glycol 3350 / Sodium Chloride / Potassium Chloride / Sodium Bicarbonate / Sodium Sulfate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Electrolyte imbalance
    • Taking with medications that cause electrolyte imbalance
    • Age 60 or older
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Bowel blockage
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
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