Compare Miralax vs. Colace
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Helps get things moving.
Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) provides effective relief of constipation without "cramping" your style.
4.0/ 5 average rating with 226 reviewsforMiralax
Softens your stools.
Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.
3.6/ 5 average rating with 125 reviewsforColace
- 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.
- Safer than laxatives.
- Available over-the-counter.
- Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
- 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.
- May take up to 5 days for the full effects to kick in.
- Intended to be used only as a short-term solution for occasional constipation. Other options such as fiber supplements may be more useful for maintaining regular bowel movements.
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The Miralax (Polyethylene Glycol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Colace (docusate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
- 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
- Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
- Taking medications that cause constipation
- Complete or partial blockage of intestines