MiraLax is the brand name for the generic drug name polyethylene glycol 3350, a laxative solution responsible for increasing the amount of water in your intestinal tract so as to allow for the stimulation of bowel movements. MiraLax is therefore used as a laxative for the treatment of occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements. Persons allergic to polyethylene glycol or suffering from intestinal blockage or bowel obstruction should not use MiraLax. If you suffer from eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, be sure to first consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Before taking MiraLax, be sure to inform your doctor of any allergies you may have to other drugs, or if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, kidney disease, vomiting or nausea with severe stomach pains, or if you experience a sudden change in your bowel movements which has lasted longer than two weeks. Taking MiraLax should effectively produce bowel movement within one to three days of using your medication as it typically causes loose or watery stools.
You should avoid taking MiraLax more than once a day. You should however consult your doctor in the event that you are still constipated or irregular after taking MiraLax for seven straight days. Avoid taking MiraLax if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol or if you suffer from any of the above mentioned conditions which could result in dangerous or even life threatening side effects. Persons suffering from such conditions may require a dose adjustment or special tests to enable them to safely take MiraLax.