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Wondered those that are on miralax. How long have you been taking it and does it still work? My daughter has been taking it off and on since November but she would like to start taking it daily but am afraid it would stop working eventually.
 

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It is not a stimulatory laxative so it shouldn't cause the type of dependance/stop working that is sometimes seen in them.It draws water into the stool and that isn't the sort of thing that typically changes (it isn't like nerves/muscles that can change how they work...water pretty moves the way it does regardless of anything else).Now a flare up in the IBS may make it less effective during the flare up, but based on how it works I don't see it being something that just stops working.The info from www.miralax.com seems to indicate that with extended therapy there is no need to increase dose over time (which seems to indicate it does not just stop working after awhile)K.
 

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I've been taking Miralax since November. So far, it seems to be working. I have found that: I have to watch what I eat or I get very gassy, I must continue to drink plenty of water, and if I take it everyday, I get diarrhea. So, for me that means I take it every other day & stay away from ice cream, milk, cream filled pastries & good things like that. But other than that, so far so good. My dr. did say that I could take it indefinitely. Good luck.FranC
 

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I took Miralax for a couple of weeks and the only thing it did for me was cause extreme pain, gas and very loud groaning. When I was able to go it was with great effort and then the strong feeling of everything being stuck. I felt horrible on Miralax and better when off of it. I have three whole bottles in my closet that are unused.
 

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Suzath-Same here! I thought I was the only one who suffered ill effects from Miralax. I tried Miralax for a month, but had to stop due to EXTREME bloating and pain. Do you think that this has to do with our body's digestive response to the plastic Miralax is made from? I know it's supposed to pass through undigested, but I think there are possibilities that our systems may have tried to digest the plastic, resulting in painful gas and cramping...
 

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I also tried Miralax and it blew me up and caused so much bloating, gas and pain. It drew lots of water into my colon, however it wouldn't come out. I was told to keep taking more which I did until I thought I was about 8 month's pegnant ... it was really tough. Eventually I had to have a colonic to remove the water. I must have accumulated about 10lbs of water.
I guess everyone's system is different. Different things work for different people.
 

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quote:It draws water into the stool
No, Miralax is actually a powdered form of Golytely. This material must be consumed with fluid in a certain ratio and then it should not pull any additional water from the intestine or stool.
 

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Flux,I was trying to say that it drew water into my colon (didn't mention stool.) It is a powder that you mix with water then have to drink additional water. All this water accummulated in the colon but would not come out as there appeared to be no muscular movement to release it from the colon. Same situation applies to me with all osmotic type laxatives like golytly, MOM, mag citrate etc. They just blow me up like crazy causing major gas, pressure, pain etc.Hope that clears up the misunderstanding.
 

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...Just wondering-I've been taking Milk of Magnesia about once a week for the past four months...and have experienced good results with no cramping or side effects.Why would this new prescription medication Miralax be considered superior?Jammie
 

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quote:Why would this new prescription medication Miralax be considered superior?
Milk of magnesia is magnesium hydroxide. It's a powerful base. Though it's not well absorbed, you can absorb enough to give your acid-base physiology a big and continual workout. It will also pull significant water from the body because your not taking it as an isotonic solution, so that gives your water balance mechanism a workout.Miralax should have much less effect your water balance.you lose only some of what's already in your gut and it has no effect on your acid-base balance. It's the safest pharmacological laxative.
 

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Has anyone had trouble with miralax causing a reflux like effect. I have been on it for about 3 weeks. I started with half a dose and have finally increased to a full dose. For the last few days I have had pressure and pain just under my ribcage near the sternum, belching, a "trembly" feeling in my stomach, and hiccups. The hiccups are no fun, bacuase I get them very badly. I have had this problem before when a medication (such as trazadone) has caused a reflux feeling which resulted in hiccups, usually at night, but not always. Any thoughts?
 
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