Miralax

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i have severe costipation and it has been going on for four months. i went to the doctor a he gave me this medicine called miralax to help me make a bowel movement . i was on it for three weeks, and i wanted to stop so that i could try to make a bowel movemtn on my own. i got constipated again so i bought a store brand of miralax and i took it, i drank water and exercised and i am still constipated, i took some last night and early today and still have not been able to make a normal bowel movement. I have changed my diet to try to help it and it worked up until recently. it got to a point before i went to the doctor that i was puking and constantly nauseous and dropped 25 pounds. please tell me what i need to do, or what i have so i can fix this because it is making me miserable.

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I'am currently caring for a pre mature 5 month old infant on a vent and also has a g-tube. He was recently prescribed prednisone which seems to be causing him to be constipated. Is there a safe, non-stimulant stool softener that we could utilize? he was prescribed miralax which is causing him to have VERY loose stool which may result in dehydration.

doctor1 MD

Hi, 5month baby on ventilator , giving prednisone , and miralax for constipation, you are fearing of dehydration. Don't worry he is under supervision of the neonatologist, and on g.tube, he will be supplied with the fluids to compensate dehydration, neonatal baby's stool will be loose only.
If...

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My 2 year old has recently been having stool issues. She became very constipated about a month ago. The doctor told us to give her Miralax and benefiber daily. She has a terrible time pooping and it seems to stick inside her and she cane get it out. when she does have a bowel movement , it comes out in little yellow mushy messes and about 6 times a day. We took her off the Miralax last week bc she was going so much. This is worrying me.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic,
Your child seems to have functional constipation which is common in this age group.
If there is any fecal impaction it should be relived by rectal laxating suppositories or rectal enema.
Dietary fiber rich foods to be given daily like fruits,...

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I am a healthy 25 year old woman. When I poop, my butt bleeds and it looks as if I m on my period. Blood also squirts out. It did it twice yesterday, and once just now. Now, my poop is normal sized, and not hard. But it does hurt. I ve been told to try miralax twice a day for a while to see if it helps, and I plan on getting some. What do you think I should do?

doctor1 MD

Hello,

You may be suffering from hemorrhoids or fissure in ano. It may be aggravated by hard stools or constipation.

First, you have to be checked for possible causes by local examination and proctoscopy.

Take green leafy vegetables and fruits. Use tablet pantoprazole.

Use Benefiber or Metamucil...

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I have smoked for 38 years, have quit smoking twice. This is the third time and each time is stop having bowel movements. My Dr said to take Miralax but it does not help. Dulcolax either. I am miserable and it is interferring in my work life. I have constant, foul gas. I don't want to smoke anymore. Help.

doctor1 MD

Hi.

I had gone through your query.

Sudden smoking cessation can lead to psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms.

Bowel movement or constipation is common physical symptoms due to withdrawal phenomena.Symptomatic treatment can help. Dulcolax can also helpful.


Anti craving agent can help to...

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I have been diagnosed with IBSC. I am on Miralax twice a day, Amitiza twice a day and now I'm on Linzess 145Mcg for the chronic constipation.Taking all of these medications have helped my constipation, but I am so bloated, stomach distended, and I've gained 6 lbs. in the two weeks I've been on the Linzess. Is this typical of Linzess? I feel like a pregnant guppy. Please advise.

doctor1 MD

Hello.

I have gone through your query, and more than a side effect of the medications, this is a common symptom associated with IBS (especially the constipation form of IBS).

Which is why I would request you to revisit your doctor and request for an addition of medication to address the issue of...

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My almost 2 year old has always had normal bowel movements and stool until recently. The past 1.5-2 weeks he has had very small, pasty, and almost chemical smelling stools. At first I thought maybe he was constipated, but we have tried prunes, juice, and Miralax for about a week now. Nothing seems to be changing. He used to have good sized bowel movements, but now it just seems to be "shart" poos accompanied by a tiny nugget (if that). The smell is the same for every one, very strong almost chemical smell.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

I advise you to check the diet he is receiving.

Any change has been made in his recent diet.?

Is he having any discomfort in the abdomen before passing stools?

Give home made food and observe the stool color, consistency, and smell.

Look for the...

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My 13 year old dauaghter has been experiencing stomach pain for approximately 2 months. The pain is localized- from her navel area to the right side. At first the pain seemed to be whenever she ate,but since 3-4 weeks, it has been constant. She is often in severe pain,especially at night. She says it is stabbing pain and sometimes it feels burning. She has seen a pediatric GI. She has had numerous tests- CT scan,ultrasounds (ovaries and gallbladder), colonoscopy, endpscopy, and HIDA scan. All the tests have been negative. She has been taking Miralax daily. I am very concerned as the pain is constant and often will wake her at night. Any input.suggestions are appreciated.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
From history as all tests of abdomen are normal she might be having chronic gastro-intestinal infection which can not be located by these tests.
Go for stool test for any type of infection like protozoal or bacterial
After report she might require one course of ofloxacilin, metronidazole...

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Recent questions on  Miralax

doctor1 MD

I am a healthy 25 year old woman. When I poop, my butt bleeds and it looks as if I m on my period. Blood also squirts out. It did it twice yesterday, and once just now. Now, my poop is normal sized, and not hard. But it does hurt. I ve been told to try miralax twice a day for a while to see if it helps, and I plan on getting some. What do you think I should do?

doctor1 MD

My 13 year old dauaghter has been experiencing stomach pain for approximately 2 months. The pain is localized- from her navel area to the right side. At first the pain seemed to be whenever she ate,but since 3-4 weeks, it has been constant. She is often in severe pain,especially at night. She says it is stabbing pain and sometimes it feels burning. She has seen a pediatric GI. She has had numerous tests- CT scan,ultrasounds (ovaries and gallbladder), colonoscopy, endpscopy, and HIDA scan. All the tests have been negative. She has been taking Miralax daily. I am very concerned as the pain is constant and often will wake her at night. Any input.suggestions are appreciated.

doctor1 MD

I have smoked for 38 years, have quit smoking twice. This is the third time and each time is stop having bowel movements. My Dr said to take Miralax but it does not help. Dulcolax either. I am miserable and it is interferring in my work life. I have constant, foul gas. I don't want to smoke anymore. Help.

doctor1 MD

I have been diagnosed with IBSC. I am on Miralax twice a day, Amitiza twice a day and now I'm on Linzess 145Mcg for the chronic constipation.Taking all of these medications have helped my constipation, but I am so bloated, stomach distended, and I've gained 6 lbs. in the two weeks I've been on the Linzess. Is this typical of Linzess? I feel like a pregnant guppy. Please advise.

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