Miralax questions/PRUNE Juice Questions

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flower123
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   Posted 6/5/2010 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I'm embarrassed to say this, but I've been awfully constipated lately since my increase in medications. I am wondering if I should try Miralax. I have terrible allergies. I actually had an allergic reaction to Metamucil--hives, etc. So, do you think I will be allergic to Miralax?

Does it work? I read about it on the Miralax website. Is it safe to take every day? I know that often times people's experiences with a medication are much different than what is published from the manufacturer. Can you tell me about your experience (good/bad) with Miralax.

Editing to add...maybe I'll try prune juice. Does anyone drink it? Will it really work? Ugh. The constipation from opiates is insanely TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hugs,

Flower

p.s. lots of fiber/water just isn't working anymore... confused

Post Edited (flower123) : 6/5/2010 4:38:42 AM (GMT-6)


Retired Mom
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   Posted 6/5/2010 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Flower,
 
I would suggest the whole prunes (not just the juice).  They have a better effect and they are so full of vitamins.  The fiber is higher and they taste almost like candy (if you buy a decent brand).  Store brands are sometimes hard and dry, which is not so nice.  
 
I would also recommend some other fruits, particularly mango and blueberries.  The mango has special properties, as do the blueberries and they are so healthy for you (and delicious).  The seasons are in right now, so you should be able to find the products at a fairly cheap price.
 
I'm afraid I would stay away from commercial preparations unless you have talked to the Dr, since you had a reaction to one.  You may then be referred to mineral oil or epsom salts.....but I'm not recommending this.  I'd honestly talk to the Dr if I didn't have success with all that fruit. 
 
Best to you!
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flower123
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   Posted 6/5/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much! I am allergic to mangos and blueberries. I haven't ever eaten prunes, but I have had prune juice when I was little and I was okay with it!

I am allergic to many raw fruits including blueberries, strawberries, mango, oranges, pears, apples, etc., etc., etc. My allergies are severe so the reaction that I would have would be welts on my lips and my throat closing so I would have to use my Epi-pen.

I don't know if I'm allergic to prunes, but I will try a little piece and see what happens.

It's very hard to eat things because of my allergies...they're not sensitivities, they are true allergies that will send me straight to the hospital. Ugh.

:(

Hopefully something like prunes will be okay. I'll buy some today and let everyone know.

Retiredmom--Do prunes help you?

Thanks!

Flower

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   Posted 6/5/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower.....the prunes are dried plums. If you are allergic to plums.......DON'T try them!!!!

I had no idea someone could have that many fruit allergies. I though I was bad with allergies (buy mine are mostly med allergies).

I'm so sorry!

Prunes do "work" the system, but I don't have that problem. Mine is the opposite, I'm afraid. I have to be really careful about not eating too many fruits or whatever my stomach doesn't feel like eating. Especially since the gallbladder was removed, controlling myself can be more of a problem than I ever imagined. Accidents in this area are NO FUN!! They are very, very rare now, but right after my back surgery a little over a year ago, I had major problems and didn't even consider leaving the house for the first several hours of the day.

What about hot coffee on an empty stomach? That seems to help some people.
Retired Mom


straydog
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   Posted 6/5/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower my grandson has been on Miralax since he was born, he is now 5. It is totally safe per his pediatrician and if one day is missed look out. It is not harsh at all causing no cramping, just helps soften things up some. Typical problem created by pain meds.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


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   Posted 6/5/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower, I have tried the Miralax, and it works well, but for me the Prunes and a combination of the juice works very well. Also cashews, will work, if they agree with you.
My vote is for the Prunes. Also please drink lots of water, and walking promotes bowel movement as well.

I'm still taking some time away for a while, and will give a report as to why and how I'm doing a little later.
I posted because I have suffered from this as well, and know that it is a hard thing (no pun intended) to go through.
Please be careful what you eat, and make sure your getting plenty of fiber in your diet as well.

Take care,

SE

flower123
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   Posted 6/5/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks EVERYONE! You are all so amazingly supportive! SE, I'm allergic to nuts, lol:)

I'm going to try the prunes later tonight. Hopefully they work. I've been eating Triscuits like crazy and they're doing nothing at all. Maybe the prunes are a different kind of fiber? Well, we'll see.

Thank you all so much!!!!!!!!!

Millions of hugs,

Flower

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   Posted 6/5/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower, I drink a small glass of juice when I get up in the morning, and then eat about 3 to 4 prunes before I eat my breakfast.
I then repeat the process in the evening, eating a few prunes before supper, and they drink another small glass of juice right before I go to bed.
You may find that you will have to adjust this for your own needs. I would rather be a little loose than too hard for a good bowel movement.

I also noticed that I had a bowel movement every day since I started doing this, and believe this is healthy for you.
Look up the Prunes on the web and check out the health benefits. I think they have no fat in them and or sugars, so you will not have to worry about gaining weight by eating them.
I stick three of them in one side of my cheek and bite and suck the goodness right out of them as long as I can. Good Stuff!

There is one other member here, that has praised the benefits of these little treats, but I will let her speak for herself on the subject.
Also, I believe there is a difference between a laxative and a stool softener. Colace is another good brand to use, and I think they make both a Laxative and a stool softener.
Go to your pharmacist and ask them, or look it up on the web for more information on it. There are other foods that promote a gentle laxative, and I thought it was some sort of squash you can cook,
but it just slips my mind at this time. Maybe one of the other members here can recall, what I'm trying to remember.

Always one more thing to bring up! When I had the toilet seat extender after my surgery, I found that grabbing the side arm rest, and pushing up with my arms and taking the weight
off of my body, seemed to make having a bowel movement much easier. My sister just had back surgery, and said she had found that to be true as well.
I know it sounds funny, but if I had my way I would have this as a permanent fixture in my bathroom. Toilet's are just too low to begin with (IMO) and it would be nice if they were about 4 to 6 inches higher
with arm rest. Laugh all you want, but until you have used one, you wont understand.

I hope I have not bored you all with this little piece of advice.

Take care,

SE

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/5/2010 9:58:56 AM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 6/5/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Miralax is not a laxative, strictly a stool softener. Laxatives should be used PRN, they can be harmful and a person can become dependant upon them. I just now remember as a small child eating prunes straight out of the box, my mother bought them for me only, I loved them, now I know why she had me eating them and none of the other kids would touch them lol. And all that time I thought I was something to special to her, lol.

Good luck in finding something that helps.
 

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   Posted 6/5/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Restoralx which is along the same lines as Miralax and laxaday. No bloaging ag all wich is great. I use restoralax once a day in the am. I also take 3 to 4 prunes. I eat fruit and veggies too. You could also make a smoothie and add veggies to eat like baby spinach or curly parsley. ummmmm delicious. I just make sure I sure at least one bm per day. Good luck. There are also soom very good creal like Bran budds, Fiber ! even shreddies has a good sourfr of fibler.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Flower,
Since I'm the one who first gave SE the prunes suggestion, I'll chime in a bit. They work great for me, but I overdid it one night and spent the entire night on the throne, if you get my drift. You really don't need more than 5 or 6 of the little sweet things a day. However, Retiremom's point is an excellent one in that you may be allergic if you're allergic to plums.

Were you allergic to the prune juice? Because that can work, too, but with all your allergies I wonder if you should ask your doctor first. Do you see a doc for your allergies? They could suggest what might be best for you to try - and not try - and in what amounts. Your allergies sound pretty severe so please err on the side of caution for now!

Take care,

PaLady

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   Posted 6/5/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doc prefers Benefiber. No gluten, and it's soluble in anything, like Miralax. I get constipated from my meds too, use 1 tsp in my morning coffee and never know it's there.

Do beware of prunes if you have a bunch of fruit allergies!!! There are websites online where you can find which allergies predict other things to avoid.
Alcie
 
 


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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

Not too long ago I asked my doctor about Miralax and if it was okay to take with my meds, and she warned me not to take it everyday cause it does something to the muscles after a while and causes pain in the muscles throughout your body. their is a prescription out there that helps with opioid-induced constipation, but it only comes in injection form and I hear can be quite costly if your insurance wont cover it (about $50 an injection).

But what really has helped me in the past when things get bad, is taking a dose of MOM (milk of magnisium), and small bowl of bran cereal, and 4ozs of prune juice, and within a few hours things should be moving. But for some odd reason, maybe cause everything is "off" about my body, I find eating a bag of Reeses Pieces works wonders, especially if I drink it down with apple juice....

Good luck, I hope everything comes out okay!!!!

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   Posted 6/6/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
flower123

Plenty of water and fiber and exercise is of course, the most ideal way of staying regular. however, when you need something else, Prunes is excellent, and also dried apricots works really well. Miralax is also a useful one to use, although the commercial products should be used with caution, and with a Doctors blessing if it is needed to use everyday for long periods of time. For occasional use there should be no problem, I use Miralax periodicly and usually I have to use it 2 or3 days in a row to get things back on track. after that, the prunes and aprocots seem to keep things going! I find it very difficult for me, as I have Ulcertive Colitis and constipation has never been a problem not even with the pain meds until just the last year or so. With UC it is always just the other way around, your going all the time. In the past year or two this is one ofthigs that I get along with the balance and muscle spasms, and a host of other things, that seem to come to me in periodic bouts, and I will have these problems for several weeks or longer and then it goes away, and it can be gone for several weeks or even months and months and then it comes back. It seems that when I have these bouts with these problems when they finally leave, I am usually left with a deficit. Anyway I think I would rather be going a half a dozen times, or more a day, because of the UC, than having to cope with the constipation!

Good Luck to YOU

White Beard

flower123
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   Posted 6/6/2010 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so MUCH! I didn't try the prune yet, because I actually went to a family member's house last night for a party! I usually don't go out, so it was nice, but the drive was hard. Anyway, they had a dog in the house because someone brought their dog. Well, I'm really allergic to dogs so I had to stay outside in this heat! But there were kids there and people came outside and hung out. I was in the house for literally five minutes to say hi and use the bathroom and I went home with three nice little hives on my lips. UGH.

So I'm going to try the prunes today..but try a little tiny piece:)

You are all so wonderful!!! I read all of your posts and I appreciate the time that you took to help me.

Straydog-Thanks! Wow. I didn't know that kids could take Miralax too.

Re: Your mom gave you prunes when you were little. It's funny that when we're kids our perspective is so different. You are SPECIAL:)

SE-Yes, my hubby told me to drink lots of water, so I've been doing that a lot lately too. That's a good idea--to eat this kind of stuff in the morning and in the evening.

TMJ-I'm glad that it doesn't cause bloating...that's the last thing I need if I try it!

DD-Yeah, if prunes or Miralax don't work w/i a week, I'm going to call my doctor!

PA-I will be careful:) I didn't realize that they could work that well!!! I think that I'll be okay and be able to tell if I'm allergic by eating a little tiny piece. Maybe I should try prune juice too. See, I'm allergic to raw fruit...but if it's processed/cooked, I'm okay. It has something to do with the proteins.


Alcie-THanks! I'm going to try to find those sites!

Carmen-Thank you! Yeah, I was wondering if it it is safe to take everyday. If I start that, I'll ask my doctor about the muscles.

Whitebeard-Oh man. I wouldn't want to have to deal with going all the time either, although right now maybe I would. Thank you for telling me what works for you.

I hope I responded to everyone because all of the advice is great! THANK YOU! I'll update after I try the prune today. I'm going to try a piece this evening.

Hugs,

Flower

flower123
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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Update--I tried them. I'm not allergic. I ate about four last night. Editing to add that they helped a lot more than anything else I've eaten! THank you SO much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Going to go research why prunes do this:)

Hugs,

Flower

Post Edited (flower123) : 6/7/2010 3:48:45 AM (GMT-6)


White Beard
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Flower

One thing with prunes is your getting non-soluable fiber with them, and prunes have a natural bowel stimulant in them. Glad it worked for you!

White Beard
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