MIRALAX Reviews

Average Rating: 3.4 (516 Ratings)

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 5  Severe Constipation Gas Possible and other side effects ? But I started new medications at same time ... that may be the source of feet swelling? I don't know yet. Please read below Additional Comments. I never had regular bowl movements all my life. I would run a temperature of 100; before bowel movement. After bowel movement temperature was gone.(as a child that started) And they where very large amounts. I now am in my 50's and living with a spinal inquiry that confines me to a wheelchair. Constipation is a issue; living with spinal injury. I now I am taking Miralax two times a day. I take it by mixing it in a applesauce cup. (pre packaged 4oz) Taking very small amount of Miralax 1/8 teaspoon twice a day at meal time with applesauce. I did try recommended amount on label. That was pure hell for me. I through it out ! Advice from a ER doctor said take less build up to what you need. His daughter takes it everyday. I did what he said. It is working for me as of today. Things are 100% better for me. Only issues is swelling of my feet ? Not sure Miralax is the source of swelling in my feet. As I started Neurontin also at same time and it does cause swelling of the feet. M 57 60 days
1/8 tsp 2X D
9/5/2021
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 1  Ibs m Severe stomach pains. That are worse than the symptoms I was trying to relieve. Say no to this. M 45 1 days
1 dose 1X D
8/29/2021
 3  Chronic constipation After 2 doses/day for 2 days and 1 dose per day for two days, I stopped taking it. It worked but way too much bloating with lots of gas and pain lasting for hours. I stopped taking miralax two years ago because of too many side effects. Why is it always advertised as being gentle with ni bloating, no gas, no pain. Simply not true (for me). Maybe for people with IBS, all laxatives cause problems. Oddly enough, I find the side effects of sennokot less severe than miralax F 66 4 days
2X D
7/19/2021
 1  Ins c Lots of gas and pass very small stills I hate this stuff M 82 10 days
Half Capfu 1X D
6/30/2021
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 1  Bowel prep rapid heart, sweating, dizziness, fluid retention, shortness of breath, impending doom feeling, ect. Worst thing I've ever taken and have experienced. I've had 3 hospital trips taking this medication. My Dr. kept insisting to just keep drinking it and I would see results. Meanwhile I almost died because my blood pressure dropped so low I could barley walk. I was so dizzy the room was spinning my heart rate was 160bpm and I'm still feeling the effects 3 days later. I can't eat because when I do it feels like my stomach is not digesting it. My stomach gets so insanely bloated and sore it's hard to breath. I have no idea why this medication is still the #1 bowel prep and for constipation. It needs to be off the market. It says right on the bottle do not take if you have IBS yet my gastro diagnosed me with IBS right before she prescribed miralax for me. Drs just do not care it's so sad. F 35 1 days
1X D
6/9/2021
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 2  Constipation Stinky gas. Takes a week to work. F 73 1 days
30 1X D
6/1/2021
 2  IBS- both C an D mixed It has started to make my IBS symptoms worse. Soft mushy stools. Explosive, smelly gas with stool can occur without warning anytime day or night. It seems to have worsened my IBS with cramping and noises explosive gas - soft and extremely mushy stools. Have to be close to a bathroom always.Doctor said to take half dose in morning and other half in evening. Did not change anything. Will stop taking it. I think too much is in my system to continue. F 85 100 days
1x day 1X D
5/29/2021
 2  Constipation Thought I'd try something different other than Metamucil which helped me go 2-3x a week instead of 1-2x a week without. However, I told my doctor about it and she recommended miralax. Said I could take it doe the rest of my life daily if I wanted. But I tried it day 1 and my stomach got very cranky and gurgly and gassy. I went ahead and took it the second day also and had similar discomfort. The 3rd day I had a BM but the gas was so bad and the smell of my gas was super bad. Sulphuric smelling. I figured it would go away and maybe this was "cleaning" out my system and I needed to let it run it's course. So, I took Mirilax again the 3rd day but nothing changed. And maybe it's still too soon to tell, but the gas and bloating is too uncomfortable. I also have had intermittent bowel movements bc my stool is too soft and sometimes feels like I'm going to have a little diarrhea if I let out too much gas. So my liquidy and softer stools are not worth it to me. My stools were always normal previously, but didn't come very often within a week. I'll stick to Metamucil, fruits, and drinking water. I'm 6 days out now from when I initially started taking it and 2-3 days from my last dose. I'm still having smelly gas, bloating and stomach cramps... F 35 3 days
1X D
4/29/2021
 1  Constipation I'm currently keeled over dealing with the severe cramping I've had for 3 evenings in a row- increasingly intense abdominal pain. I hadn't realized the Miralax connection to the pain until tonight. It came on shortly after I took the miralax this time, and at this rate I'm near-certain it would be even worse tomorrow. My husband has taken it 2 days in a row and feels nothing, to be fair; but I don't think I'll advise the continuation of this medicine just in case his could be a latent pain issue as well. This cramp experience is, hands down, the most miserable I've felt via a laxative. I'm leaving this comment here in an effort to endure this pain like an adult. o.o F 32 4 days
1x cap 2X D
4/26/2021
 4  Chronic Constipation Gas, stomach pain, mild diarrhea Monitor dosage carefully. Continue to eat fiber and drink lots of liquids per day. M 72 3 years
15 mg 1X D
4/21/2021
 1  Constipation Still constipated. Pushed it out. Been sleeping all day. Weak and gurgling. I had stopped taking this for a long time. Now I know why F 62 1 days
Capful 1X D
4/3/2021
 1  Colonoscopy Shaking & chills High Blood Pressure No control at all This caused major stress on my body& bowels-I did a night& early next morning clense-on the way to my procedure I had an accident& at the center another bout of uncontrolled leakage-my BP was sky high -luckily the procedure was able to take place--I am 116 lbs-this drug was terrible-hardly able to eat all day-had the colonoscopy this AM-stomach still churning-yuck!!!!! F 54 2 days
14 doses 1X D
3/29/2021
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 5  Ibs c After only 5 days of medication I had a bm and didn't know. F 46 5 days
17 grams 1X D
3/10/2021
 3  IBS and hard stool Loose stools, painful gas and horribly smelling gas and stool F 50 4 weeks
As directe 1X D
2/26/2021
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 1  Constipation It took a few doses before it started to work, then all hell broke loose! Worst gas of my life, horrible cramping and constant leakage. I'm in pain all day and it's been 5 days since I took it! I woke up with a headache every morning while I was on it. F 57 4 days
I capful 1X D
1/20/2021
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 4  Constipation due to PPI Cramps, urgency, stinky gas I take half the recommended dose to help keep things moving. Sometimes I'll have some cramping or stinky gas, but it's tolerable and better than being constipated and aggravating my hemorrhoids. F 40 6 months
15 MG 1X D
12/15/2020
 1  Constipation Painfull stomach cramps, intestines gurgling, 2 - 4 loose bowel movements, diarrhea. Still in pain, it is now day 4. Two gastro doc's claim pains are due to my IBS when taking Miralax. . I truly believe it is the polyethylene in the Miralax causing these excruciating stomach cramps. Still cannot eat a regular meal. Will not take Miralax ever again. This has been going on for the past 3 years on an on and off basis. F 75 2 days
2 packets 1X D
12/14/2020
 1  Constipation Painfull stomach cramps, intestines gurgling, 2 - 4 loose bowel movements, diarrhea. Still in pain, it is now day 4. Two gastro doc's claim pains are due to my IBS when taking Miralax. . I truly believe it is the polyethylene in the Miralax causing these excruciating stomach cramps. Still cannot eat a regular meal. Will not take Miralax ever again. This has been going on for the past 3 years on an on and off basis. F 75 2 days
2 packets 1X D
12/14/2020
 2  Constipation Poop came out of me and I didn’t even feel it coming! Scared me and so gross! My lower abdomen did NOT know what was happening to it. Gurgled and felt bloated... it’s the third day and I still have symptoms of really runny stools. F 61 2 days
2 doses 1X D
12/2/2020
 2  Constipation Poop came out of me and I didn’t even feel it coming! Scared me and so gross! My lower abdomen did NOT know what was happening to it. Gurgled and felt bloated... it’s the third day and I still have symptoms of really runny stools. F 61 2 days
2 doses 1X D
12/2/2020
  

MIRALAX  (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350):  This medication is used to treat occasional constipation. It works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool and increases the number of bowel movements. It is known as an osmotic-type laxative. This medication is also available without a prescription. If you are taking this medication for self-treatment, it is important to read the manufacturer's package instructions carefully so you know when to consult your doctor or pharmacist. (See also Precautions.)   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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