Miralax - wean off or cold turkey

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   Posted 10/20/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a small bowel resection in early June.  They removed my ileocecal valve and about 24" of my jejunum.
I had read here that many get "explosive D" after having their ileocecal valve removed.  So it surprised me when my D was short-lived. After a month of urgent, loose stools, I've had C for the next 3 months. The surgeon told me back in early July that bowel motility is affected by surgery, and it can take 3-6 months for the muscle lining around the intestines to work together again in a new unison.
They had me take miralax once a day (I take it at night with 8 oz of apple juice.)  My question for my healingwell brothers and sisters - will I know when everything is working again??
...i.e. stools will become looser and I will know when I need to back off the miralax ?
Or does the body become dependent on a gentle laxative, and I won't know unless I wean off the miralax?

Crohn's Disease for 22 years
Diagnosed in Feb 1989 at age 14

1 Resection: 4" at terminal ileum + 24" of jejunum - June 2011
Current meds: Humira (since March 2011)
Also take: monthly B12 injection, Calcium, Multivitamin

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   Posted 10/20/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had multiple doctors tell me that Miralax is very safe as far as dependancy issues go.

I would do it slowly, maybe start taking it every other day or something like that and see what happens.

Of course, your best bet is to discuss this with your doctor and get their input on it before making any decisions.
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