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Miralax increases the amount of water in the stool, making it easier and more comfortable to pass. Patients using Miralax dissolve the powder in a beverage and then drink it. Miralax is indicated for relief of short-term constipation, and notes that it should not be used for more than two weeks, except under the care of a doctor. Too much Miralax causes diarrhea, dehydration and mineral imbalance.
Magnesium hydroxide is both a laxative and one of the three major classes of antacids, which also include calcium carbonate and aluminum hydroxide.
When used as a laxative, you should only use magnesium hydroxide for short periods of time to treat occasional constipation. Magnesium hydroxide is an osmotic type laxative, which means it draws water into the intestines, inducing bowel movements. Magnesium hydroxide also treats symptoms caused by an increased amount of acid in your stomach, such as heartburn, upset stomach and indigestion. Additionally, it can lower the amount of gastric acid in your body. You should only use magnesium hydroxide for short periods of time because magnesium can accumulate in your kidneys. Therefore, if you have any kidney problems, you should not use magnesium hydroxide.
Each person should consult their own private physician when it comes to choosing a safe laxative for them especially if you need something daily.
I have colon cancer and my oncologist prescribes senna tablets for a laxative.
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