Miralax

Generic Name: Polyethylene glycol

  • What is this medication?

    Miralax contains a laxative. It is intended to relieve occasional constipation (irregularity). It is also intended to generally produce a bowel movement in 1 to 3 days.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Miralax?

    Do not use this product if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol.

    Do not use this product if you have kidney disease, except under the advice and supervision of a doctor.

    When using this product, you may have loose, watery, or more frequent stools.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if you have rectal bleeding or your nausea, bloating, cramping, or abdominal pain gets worse. These may be signs of a serious condition.

    Stop using this product and consult a doctor if you get diarrhea or if you need to use this laxative for longer than 1 week.

    Do not take more of this product than directed, unless advised by your doctor.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.

    Do not use this product if the foil seal under the cap is missing, open, or broken.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Miralax?

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you have nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts over 2 weeks; or irritable bowel syndrome.

    Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you are taking a prescription drug.

    Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Miralax?

    When using this product, you may have loose, watery, or more frequent stools.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using this product.

  • What should I avoid while taking Miralax?

    Do not take more of this product than directed, unless advised by your doctor.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Miralax?

    If Miralax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Miralax with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Miralax?

    Adults and children 17 years: Fill to the top of the white section in the cap, which is marked to indicate the correct dose (17 grams). Stir and dissolve in 4 to 8 ounces of any beverage (cold, hot, or room temperature), then drink. Use this product once a day. Use no more than 7 days.

    Children ≤16 years: Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Miralax?

    Store at room temperature.

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