Hi Canyonbabe, Miralax is often prescribed for long term use. If you read into most websites about
medications, you will often notice that almost every one of the medications you see will tell you that its not for long term. There are certain instances where it is recommended by the doctor. I would be very concerned with long term use of stimulant laxatives and stool softeners than with an osmotic laxative like Miralax. Miralax does not impair the function of the intestines nor is it addicting. Stimulant laxatives have the risk of both. Miralax does not cause diarrhea normally but does provide water into the stools where chronic constipation causes major dry poops and water is necessary to move those stools along.
sophie, I would definitely talk to your doctor about
this medication if its still giving you trouble and you don't see a decrease in the uncomfortable side effects. You want to make sure that you are on the right treatment path.
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