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All about: MiraLax

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Generic name: Polyethylene glycol
Brand names: MiraLax

Why is MiraLax prescribed?

MiraLax is a remedy for constipation. It works by retaining water in the stool, softening it and increasing the frequency of bowel movements. It may take up to 2 to 4 days to work.

Most important fact about MiraLax

Unless your doctor directs otherwise, do not use MiraLax for more than 2 weeks. Sustained, frequent, or excessive use can upset the body's chemical balance, and can lead to dependence on laxatives.

How should you take MiraLax?

Dissolve 1 capful or packet of MiraLax powder (17 grams) in 8 ounces of water, juice, soda, coffee, or tea.

--If you miss a dose...

Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

--Storage instructions...

Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot 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 to continue using MiraLax.

  • More common side effects may include:
    Bloating, cramps, gas, nausea

High doses may cause diarrhea and excessive frequency.

Why should MiraLax not be prescribed?

Do not take MiraLax if there's any chance that you have a bowel obstruction. Symptoms suggesting an obstruction include abdominal pain or distention, nausea, and vomiting.

Also avoid MiraLax if you are allergic to the active ingredient, polyethylene glycol.

Special warnings about MiraLax

Remember that MiraLax is not for prolonged use. To promote regularity, make sure your diet includes plenty of fiber and fluids, and get regular exercise.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking MiraLax

No interactions have been reported.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Nothing is known about the effects of MiraLax during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. MiraLax should be used only if clearly needed.

There is no information on the use of MiraLax while nursing. Check with your doctor if you plan to breastfeed.

Recommended dosage


The usual dose is 17 grams daily.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Symptoms of MiraLax overdose may include:
    Diarrhea, dehydration

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