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ArchitectDad
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   Posted 2/21/2012 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
The brand is called 'Calm' or 'Calm's.' She put him on 1/2 teaspoon per day, but adult dosage is more as per package. On the package, I don't have it with me, on vacation, I think they say to start with 1/2 tsp per day and them build up from there but don't remeber the full dosage. I just looked it up- this is the powder: Natural Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium, Powder. See earlier posts as well, you must be properly hydrated. The miralax is an osmotic laxative it draws liquid from your surrounding tissue through the bowel wall. You need to have enough available liquid in your system to reduce possible side effects from this. Good luck
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ismedm
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   Posted 4/3/2012 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Just found this thread about Miralax!!  Miralax is a MIRACLE for me!  Like some of the other posters, I can remember my Mother giving me Castoria as a kid, then Milk of Magnesia.  It has been one right after the other all of my life and I am 62.
The Dr. told me to take Miralax every day.  At first he told me to use it up to three times a day and if I got diarrhea not to stop taking it, but to cut back.  So that is what I did and I have been taking it almost 3 years now!!
I finally feel like I have a normal life for the first time in the last 50 years, at the least!!  I can remember having to "schedule" my going to the bathroom days and making sure I had no other plans because after I took everything to make me 'go', there was no way I could leave the house!!
If you have been constipated and haven't been to the bathroom in days, I would take it at least twice a day until you go, then cut back!  The stuff is safe and I have no qualms about taking it everyday the rest of my life!!  I just pray they never discontinue making it!!!

rbknuckles
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   Posted 4/11/2012 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning, I have IBS and my Dr recommended Metamucil and Miralax. I started this a week ago and it seems to be helping. I used to go, maybe on weekends only, when I felt relaxed. I am hoping I will become regular, maybe once a day??? I have gone twice so far since my Colonoscopy last week. I do get pains in my stomach quite frequently, but I don't feel as bloated. I always drink alot of water which I know is also good. I have been a Vegetarian for years and can't believe that I can't go regularly. I am happy I found this website:) Nice talking to you all.

luckysox
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
do'es anyone have sticking feeling with miralax? like pins here and there

differentrelief
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   Posted 6/20/2012 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   

So I just found this site and wanted to see if anyone else has my issue.  I have never been "normal" on the go side.  Once a week maybe every other week all my life now 54.  Two years ago I had my first colonoscopy.  After a full year I started having pains in my upper abd and would actually feel nausea.  I finally went to the doctor.  After going through upper GI, lower GI, celiac testing etc and so forth for months they decided that I was just Constipated... The precription after $K's of dollars was Miralax.

At first I was to take it 3 times a day, then figure out what I needed to do.  After about a week I could not leave the house for 3 days.  I had to stop taking it to go back to work.  I went down to once a day which 9 months later I am still doing.  If for some reason I miss a day I get the pains back and feel awful.  My problem is that I was told I would be normal after 6 months and I am at 9 and still having major issues. 

I missed a day becuase I had to go somewhere and was afraid I would not make the bathroom in time, so did not feel well for a few days again.  Yesterday took my son for an appointment and while waiting for the place to open had total breakdown of system....had to shower again.  Today I am feeling bloated and not at all comfortable.  Has anyone else had this problem???

I am soooo tired of all the ups and downs with my system. 

 

 

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kazbern
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   Posted 6/20/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess you've already corrected whatever dietary deficiencies you think you might have, like upping the water intake, getting more fiber (both soluble and insoluble), increasing your physical activity....

I too take Miralax daily but I have no expectation that things will somehow magically improve. I tested a bunch of variations in amount of miralax vs. frequency and settled in at a 1/4 dose every morning. More than that and I get really soft stool - a full dose will give me diarrhea. Less than that and I don't move my bowels enough.
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

differentrelief
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   Posted 6/20/2012 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I drink more than 8 glasses of water a day, get plenty of fiber and exercise at least 5 days a week.

I guess I will try 1/4 dose and see if that will be enough/ without being too little. Ready to try a different doctor since I still have so many problems... but first will give the 1/4 dose a try.

anything to make me feel better.

Thank you!!

kazbern
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   Posted 6/20/2012 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Try a bunch of different dosages and see what works for you. My experience was that it takes a day or two for each dose to be evaluated. Your experience may differ.
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

feelbad
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   Posted 6/21/2012 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
How much Miralax should a person take?  My doctor said it doesn't matter.

kazbern
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   Posted 6/22/2012 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
the dosing information is provided on the medication bottle. You can adjust up or down as you need to.
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

thegoodtwin1969
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   Posted 6/28/2012 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I noticed few here have tried manesium supplements' or chia seeds. I have been taking 300 mg of magnesiun a day and adding chia seeds to my morning smoothie, with Green Vibrance, flax, frozen berries, and lemon cod liver oil, and a tblsp of melted coconut oil, and my need for Mirlax s down to nothing. The chia seeds add bulk so be sure you take adequate water or you will feel bloated (chia seeds are a natural seed you can get at your health food store..i get green vibrance wherever i can find it cheapest and it's not cheap! It does provide all those green phyto nutriens we all need. I also add cinnamon to the smoothie because it is known to stabilize bood sugar. These combinatis help with the opiod i hav had to take because of a botched ankle surgery and chronic neurological pain from chronic ankle pain. If you are hypothyroid like me that is the top end.

Post Edited (thegoodtwin1969) : 6/28/2012 6:36:22 PM (GMT-6)


reliefseeker
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   Posted 7/15/2012 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had stomach aches for a very long time. I have had a recent colonscopy (2011) several abdominal CAT scans over the last few years. Doctor (gastro) wants me to take Miralax which I have done for several weeks. The pain is worse and constant while taking Miralax and now I have hemmoroids as well. I have been told my stomach will stop hurting after being on Miralax for a while. Is three weeks long enough to hurt and still not be able to move stool without using fingers and "helping" the stool out? Sorry, this is gross but in reality, necessary. Any help or advice will be so appreciated. Please help! I am desperate...

Grateful Man
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   Posted 9/8/2012 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to thank all of you that took time to post on Miralax. I am a new user and life long sufferer too. No more it seems. I am only a week in use and have found relief like described here. And I was worried about only using it 7 days per instructions (not now thanks to FYI here) + worried about the product itself after life long 67 years of battle and fear(that now gone thanks to here).

I was only introduced to this AFTER my ER trip recently. This type of visit is previously reported in this thread. But the days following turned happy when I became a 1st time user of this product. MIRACLE. Works like reported. And this is from a man whose occupation produced chronic conditions for this development.

POINT MADE HERE - Thanks to ALL who care enough to post andto this web site for this type of info to live well by.

dparnell
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   Posted 11/12/2012 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Currently my dad has constipation and a lot of pain every so often. I have him on Miralax since he did not take a D for almost week and few days. I gave him a normal dose and that night he did a D and later morning a bigger amount mostly soft like clay. He doesn't get around very much and not enough fluids doc says. He lies down a lot unfortunately since all the meds make him feel drowsy etc. So hoping to getting him feeling better.

From what I'm getting from all the talk I think what is important is FLUIDS when taking Miralax. Someone mentioned there son not getting enough fluid down and 50oz was a lot for him to take down in a day. My question is how active is he? I myself never had constipation problems and I think the key here is water intake, and being active and a good fiber diet. Another thing that will help is not to drink a lot of fluid with your meal so your stomach can digest what you eat. I personally have found that if you drink water or whatever about 30 minutes before and wait thirty minutes after you eat your stomach digest's your food a lot easier and you don't stay full for a long time. Especially if you eat a high protein meal you may have to wait longer before drinking any fluids. Once you feel like your not full after 30+ minutes then you can drink tea or whatever. The trick is to not eat foods that aren't dry as a bone lol. If you eat like a hamburger don't drink that big tea with it lol. Another posibility is make sure your belt isn't tight that might cause some problems. One other thing stay away from Caffiene you'll end up losing up to half of what you drank in like regular tea and even coffee. I know if I drink regular tea it will make me go to the restroom not to long afterwards and you lose that vital fluid you needed in the first place. A somewhat good diet is rice and beans and if you have gas problems remember about not drinking fluids while you eat 30 minutes before and after. I used to eat beans and rice and salsa a lot no gas problems if I didn't drink anywhere near eating time. And when I took a D, I sat down did one D, and I was done. It took me no less than 10 seconds seriosly. It wasn't diarrhea or anything, nice and easy one lump and I was done lol. Apples are good fiber also sticking with foods that have fluid in them are great too. Instead of raisins eat grapes :) Oh and the beans and rice I ate were Black Beans, canned bush brand, and uncle beans ready cook rice(microwaveable kind), salsa, and tortilla, and cheese and I mostly stayed away from meat and I excercised too, ride bike, or walk etc. Keep active somehow, don't sit for more than 30 minutes. Good Luck!

Simaz
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   Posted 11/14/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for this post ArchitectDad.
My son has CP and Epilepsy and chronic constipation and went through this string of disease
from March to November.

Constipation - kidney stones with kidney lithotripsy - surgery of growth plates in legs (pain treatment was morphine) - pancreatitis - constipation

All was with hospital stay and the last was to clean him out. He had terrible cramps with Miralax. For days he did not want to eat or drink and we were forced to feeding by spoon and making him drink with a syringe. He is a poor eater and often got the processed and bleached wheat diet and did not drink hardly any water only juice. But after giving him CALM Magnesium and a healthier diet with some water all is better 1000%. In addition a Magnesium deficiency can cause kidney stones... who knew turn
A study is out there about Magnesium and B6 that reduced kidney stones.
There is evidence that the water we drink now has less magnesium to include the processed foods we eat.
http://www.krispin.com/magnes.html

So, to all that are fighting with cramps and bloating and pain on Miralax maybe you need a Magnesium supplement. It was literally a MIRACLE for us.
I guess I knew our world and thus our food is deteriorating and processed foods are worthless. I did not know that water is not good water unless it has does minerals that you need in it.
Check your vitamin and mineral intake... "you are what you eat" my grandmother used to say. Drink good water!

Simaz
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   Posted 11/14/2012 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for this post ArchitectDad.
My son has CP and Epilepsy and chronic constipation and went through this string of disease
from March to November.

Constipation - kidney stones with kidney lithotripsy - surgery of growth plates in legs (pain treatment was morphine) - pancreatitis - constipation

All was with hospital stay and the last was to clean him out. He had terrible cramps with Miralax. For days he did not want to eat or drink and we were forced to feeding by spoon and making him drink with a syringe. He is a poor eater and often got the processed and bleached wheat diet and did not drink hardly any water only juice. But after giving him CALM Magnesium and a healthier diet with some water all is better 1000%. In addition a Magnesium deficiency can cause kidney stones... who knew turn
A study is out there about Magnesium and B6 that reduced kidney stones.
There is evidence that the water we drink now has less magnesium to include the processed foods we eat.
http://www.krispin.com/magnes.html

So, to all that are fighting with cramps and bloating and pain on Miralax maybe you need a Magnesium supplement. It was literally a MIRACLE for us.
I guess I knew our world and thus our food is deteriorating and processed foods are worthless but I was not adding things up for my son. I also learned that water is not good unless it has the minerals that you need are in it.
I am currently investigating the daily mineral and vitamin intake for my son.
FYI - There is also a study for autism on Magnesium and B6. B6 is needed to process Magnesium I believe. http://autism.healingthresholds.com/therapy/vitamin-b6-and-magnesium


Thank you

Radarbaby
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   Posted 12/19/2012 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of those people who has been constipated since childhood. I've also been through radiation treatment that has narrowed and scarred my bowels. My gastroenterologist prescribed Miralax. I also use glycerin suppositories every day, sometimes more than once a day. Such a relief!

Miralax can be prescribed. It is called polyethylene glycol, and it is much cheaper. I try to keep a jar of 100 suppositories in the cupboard at all times and take them with me on trips. The biggest drawback to the Miralax is gas. Also, sometimes I am going a little bit all day long. I call them "the putt-putts". The problem can be reduced by not taking it every day.

Bunny14
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   Posted 9/26/2013 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have had constipation since childhood and a form of IBS in my adulthood, and tried everything including 8 glasses of water/liquid per day and more!! I used to get migraines and horrible stomach aches from bloating because of it. Miralax along with Heather's Tummy fiber have worked miracles! No more bloating and horrible pain when you can't go for days. The fiber helps me when I take it just before eating, (I need it with all three meals so I mix it with water in a small pitcher the morning and take it with me in a water bottle for work or eating out) it has no taste or grit, and does not thicken in liquids like most fiber. It is 100% soluble, so no excess gas. I take the Miralax in my coffee every morning, sometimes I change off and take it in the evenings. You can take it with any liquid but dissolves better in warm liquid and actually makes my coffee taste better even though it supposedly has no taste.

I think I will try the magnesium others have mentioned to see if I can reduce the amount of Miralax I have been taking.

For those who think Miralax is expensive, you can buy it at Sam's club two for the price of one or buy the generic three for the price of one! It more than pays for your membership if you don't already have one.

carolynann
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   Posted 10/20/2013 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had their liver enzyme count get high after taking miralax for over a year?
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