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MiraLAX laxative powder, 17.9 Ounces, 30 doses
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2011
I have suffered from IBS with constipation for about 15 years now and for me "regular" means bowel movements once every two weeks or so. The bloating and pain associated with that hinders my daily life and has contributed to bouts of depession in the past. Up until this point nothing, and I mean nothing, has worked and I've tried it all; fiber, stool softeners, various natural remedies (eating more fruits, more water, etc), IBS tablets, etc with little to no results. Then I read about Miralax on an IBS website and decided to give it a try. It did take a few days for it to work for me, and a few more weeks for it regulate, but I've been taking it for several months now and I feel better than I have in years. Gone is the constant bloating that would leave me feeling heavy and my clothes not fitting properly and the overall pain that comes along with that.

I love that I can put the recommended dose of Miralax into my morning coffee and it completely dissolves without adding any flavor or making the coffee thick. While I think it's a bit expensive, as I use it everyday, its money well spent for such a vast improvement to my wellbeing.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
Size Name: 30 doses
This is my own experience with MiraLAX, sharing it in case others are having a similar issue. For the first point, it does very well in relieving constipation. I was having severe constipation as the side effect of some of my daily medications. It was so severe my 'frequency' was slowing to once every 3-4 days, and I felt miserable, in pain, bloated, and when I did go, it was rock hard, painful, took over an hour to completely finish, and it made me bleed rectally. I was in danger of fecal obstruction. So with my doctor's permission I started taking Miralax once a day. After 2-3 days it cleared up the constipation, and now I have soft, pain-free stools once a day, and I take one capful each night. However, Miralax does have side effects for me. I found this out through trial and error - if I take it in the morning, I will be sick all day - with nausea, dizziness, headache, feeling hot, and easily fatigued. If I take it at night, I sleep through the bad effects. Also, taking it on an empty stomach makes the side effects much worse for me. I found this out by one day taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I got so sick and weak as the day went on I almost went to the ER. Then about 8-10 hours later it eased up and disappeared. Thinking maybe the Miralax had something to do with it. I did not take the Miralax the next morning, and was fine. Then I waited a few days, then tried it again first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and had the same issues happen again. I know a lot of reviewers say it is harmless because all it does is draw water into your colon, but this is still a chemical, and if you are sensitive you may react to the chemical. If you do, try my recommendations - take the lowest dose you possibly can to still keep the constipation away. Take it at night, and on a full stomach. If you are having a particularly tough period, add in some milk opf magnesia or magnesium pills, and senekot, instead of increasing the miralax. So I think this is a good product, but if you react to the PEG like I did, be cautious with when and how you take it, to minimize the negative side effects.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
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I am a paraplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury 46 years ago. Before Miralax I had impacted stools to the point where I wouldn't move my bowels for sometimes 2-3 weeks, and it was very painful. I have been taking Miralax for years now, and it has made a total difference. No more impactions, and I have regular bowel movements. It has changed my life.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
Size Name: 10 Doses
I have tried many laxatives/stool softeners, and this one is by far the best I've found. I love these packets for travel... very convenient... and the 510 gram bottle is great for home use (and more economical). I mix it into my orange/mango juice, and it is completely tasteless. Sometimes you have to stir it a bit extra to get it to dissolve completely. It works best if you add it to your glass first, before putting the liquid in, and stir while adding the juice to it. You CAN add it to liquid and do it the other way around, but it requires more stirring time to dissolve. In my experience, you get the best results if you take it at night, and let it work its magic in your system overnight while you sleep. Also, it says not to use it for more than seven consecutive days without consulting your doctor. Well, I consulted two doctors and they both told me that it is safe to use daily, for the long haul.

Also, note that if you have your doctor write a prescription for it, it is reimburseable under your flexible spending healthcare account. If it's medically necessary, your doc shouldn't have a problem writing an Rx for it. Since it is quite costly, anything helps.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2007
Size Name: 14 Doses
I would strongly recommend Miralax to anyone over age 18 who suffers from mild to severe constipation. This product is the best laxative you will ever find. No cramping, no gas, no runny stools. If you take antidepressants or pain medication which leaves you having hard stools then this product is a Godsend. It has improved the quality of my life more than any medication I've ever tried. It's tasteless so just mix in anything besides soda pop. I would suggest going to [...] and printing out a free $2 coupon to use wherever it is sold.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2012
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The reason I am writing this review is to tell you that for adults this product really works. Without side effects.

Two gastroenterologists have told me that Miralax can be taken indefinitely to good effect, but only AFTER a doctor consultation to check if the bowel or intestinal problem is caused by cancer or some other obstruction. The doctors told me that that was the reason the container says: "Use no more than 7 days." You don't want success with Miralax to mask a medical problem that you need to deal with.

I am 65+ and take it every night. It is tasteless and dissolves completely. It can be taken with water or Gatorade or both.

One side benefit, taking it regularly (sorry) seems to regulate the body so that one bowel movement generally occurs in the AM and that's it for the day. No repeated trips to the bathroom.

The stuff works.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2011
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My son became severely stopped up and constipated following tonsil surgery, likely due to two weeks on Lortab (vicodin). It went on for months and months, with me trying everything I knew, plus going to see various practitioners - nutritionists, colonics, Chinese medicine, etc. Then out of desparation - hard-core laxatives. They did not work. I was avoiding taking him to a gastroenterologist as I thought the only thing they would do was make him drink that horrible colonoscopy stuff and I couldn't imagine it happening. I finally realized I was out of options, and took him to the Children's Hospital Gastroenterology department in Denver. The MD we saw recommended doing a "Miralax clean-out" over a couple of days, and then using a daily amount of Miralax for several months. I had previously tried Miralax with him, but I had been afraid to use too much of it, or on an ongoing basis. He spent a lot of time with us, did some blood tests to make sure there wasn't anything else going on, and was quite reassuring that he could get my kid back on track. Man, I was skeptical.

We did the clean-out, and have kept up with the Miralax. He is coming back to being regular. The dr. tells me that after a few months, his body will be able to take it back without the Miralax.

I have read that some kids don't react well to Miralax. I can believe that. It isn't what I would call natural. The dr.'s believe that it is not harmful. Now, I know better - a lot of things that we think aren't harmful turn out to be just that. For me it's a tradeoff. There may well be a consequence for long-term Miralax usage. The dr we saw said that in 99% of the cases, it works out well. I had to take the risk. I was afraid my son was going to waste away. In our case, it turned my son's life completely back around. He had lost 20% of his body weight since his surgery, he wasn't really eating at all, and he was just....depressed. The Miralax has given him his life back. He does not seem to experience any negative side effects. I'm not sure how we would have gotten here without it, so I am quite grateful for it. He has slowly started to let go of his fear and start eating again, which has brought much relief for this mom. I have never been so worried about a kid.

Everything has a tradeoff, and every body is different. You are doing the right thing if you educate yourself and knowingly take on the possible risks, which seem to affect a minority of the users. And I learned something - I wasn't giving Western medicine enough credit for having learned more than they knew when I was a kid.The first week or so, you or your child will feel bloated, but that passes.

Good luck to anyone dealing with this problem -- I have empathy for you and your situation.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
Life changer for me. I've been taken it daily for over a year now. No gas or bloating too. Just remember it takes about 2-4 weeks for your body to get use to it and start working consistently. I was taking all the fiber ones but the gas was just killing me...this is better long term too! Taking Fiber can be very uncomfortable and I think is a tad overrated
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2008
I'm on meds that cause constipation. This product has kept me regular for years.
I mix it in orange juice to mask it's taste. But, in a pinch, it is palatable to drink dissolved in water.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2009
Purchased this product for my daughter, who has had chronic constipation since birth. She said "it promotes daily bowel movements without gripping or cramping, and does not require that I take it daily. I can take it as needed."
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