Is Miralax safe for long term use?

User - posted on 12/22/2008 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I’ve had constipation issues with my 2.5 year old for a year now. I have tried all the natural methods – but they just don’t work. The pediatrician has now suggested Miralax every day for three months to clear a blockage found in the last Xray. When I read the label of the medication it says to take for 7 days – but the Dr said it is ok to take every day. I’m concerned of long term effects. Any moms out there have long term issues with taking Miralax? Or is Miralax a safe way to treat this?

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Mandy - posted on 12/22/2008

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Yes, Miralax is completely safe for long-term use. I asked 3 pediatricians this same question because I was very concerned. My daughter has been on it for 12 months now. She started it when she also had an X-ray and was backed up to her ribs. For the first couple of weeks, we would give her a full dosage every 3 hours. (Until her stool looked like water) Now she only takes a full dose once a day. Unlike other laxatives, Miralax is not absorbed into the system at all. It merely acts as extra water molecules to make things..."softer". We were getting the actual Miralax brand, but now use the prescription one so that our insurance will pay for it. It gets very expensive. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 12/22/2008

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Hi, I am mom of three children, the oldest is 15. My daughter struggled with constipation especially once we started potty training and after until she was four years old. First, my husband is a nurse and works in endo, where they do colonoscopies. The doctor he works with says miralax is the only softner that doesn't change the make-up of the intestinal tract (good). I have used it and it has been helpful, but what I've found most effective for my daughter (she has never had miralax) and myself is to limit the amount of white bread, sugar, meat, junk food and milk products (cheese, milk, butter, cream...) and increasing fresh fruits, veggies, water and fiber (beans, oats, rye,) Also yogurt really helps due to the probiotics especially activia. Maybe you could do a food diary for a period, eliminate a couple of items at a time and build up until you have added enough other of good items to make the stools loose. Oatmeal helps me out tremendously. If it were me, I would use the miralax while I figure out the diet and once you've added enough good things, slowly pull back on the miralax and pay attention as you go. This could be a food allergy, do some research, usually its lactose (dairy), nuts, sugar, food coloring, preservatives... i try to avoid boxed and processed foods which have more preservatives, calories, fat, high carb.... I hope some of this helps. Trust your motherly instincts on what is best for your daughter. God Bless you both!

Valerie - posted on 08/19/2012

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What happened to the good ol days when grandma gave us prunes to cure constipation? Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (Miralax) is the main ingredient in paintball fills! Why would you wanna give your kid this? Because a doctor said to? Do your research before you shove medications down your children's throat. It may be easier to give a kid medication rather than changing his/her diet, and getting them more exercise, but is it worth putting his/her health in possible danger when you could have taken a more simple, and natural approach? What a bunch of poop! USE LAXATIVES SAFELY AND SPARINGLY....http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders...

Kristie - posted on 05/23/2012

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Miralx is non addicting. My 9 year old son is on it. Our family doctor is the one who put him on it. He has been on it for 2 years maybe a bit longer. Our old doctor told me to give him prune juice, which would work but not for his issues. He would hold his poop in and then when he finally go it would clog the toilet being size of coke can around and big. it works amazingly!!!

Deirdre - posted on 12/26/2008

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Hi - my son has been using it for about 3 years. I have taken him to Children's Hospital and the Gastroenteroligist said that it is fine to continue use. It is sugar based and natural so no need to worry. My son gets stomach cramps (intestine) if he isn't on it. Hope that helps. d

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Kristie - posted on 05/23/2012

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They problem my son has the doctor said if left untreated it would end in surgey. we don't want that. try more fiber also more water

Apryl - posted on 05/23/2012

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Safe? Maybe but I'm more concerned with why this and many other American children are having this problem. I tend to assume its the diet. Try a veggie and fruit and beans only diet with just water. No juice and certainly nomilk, cheese, or grains for a week. Give just a few teaspoons of organic Greek yogurt to help rebalance his digestive tract. After he is having normal or soft stools, slowly add grainslike high fiber cereals, oatmeal, the weight control brand has extra fiber and minimal meats. Small children weren't designed to eat lots of meats, McDonald's junk food, sugary cereals, and drink milk. Get him a cool thermos brand insulated stainless steel mug from target or Walmart and keep it full of ice cold water, you can add a quarter of crystal light for flavor, but wean him off it until he enjoys and drinks a lot of water. The key is to get him drinking three of thoses a day.

Trish - posted on 12/25/2008

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Hi, as I asked have you ever tried drinking Aloe Vera - it's fantastic, but you need to drink the best ! Love to help your 2.5 year old.

Kristen - posted on 12/24/2008

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I know you said you tried all kinds of natural methods. We haad issues when my oldest was born. They had him on all kinds of meds. After about 16 months a friend mentioned the Chiropractor. After the first visit we could see major improvement. By the 3rd it was like he was a different child. We just maintain he go in now once every 6 months. It's been beautiful! Even when they say it is safe. It's still medicine you are giving them. I love that this works & he doesn't have to take the medicines.

Jodi - posted on 12/24/2008

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My son doesn"t eat and the dr had it on mirlox for two years already to make him poop more often so that he is hungrey

User - posted on 12/23/2008

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Thanks all - do any of you notice a hard time getting off the med? We tried it a month and everything was great. Then she was backed up again -so Dr told us take it for 3 more months. My fear is dependance to it as well. We only eat weat and brown noodles and rice, lots of veggies and are organic eatters - that is why I dont understand why she just doesnt go poop for me. Its very frustrating, as Im sure you all know as well. Just want the best for my little one.

Michelle - posted on 12/23/2008

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I have a friend whos daughter takes it.. And as far as I can tell there is no long term effects. I figure if it helps use it. My friend only uses it if she notices she hasent gone in 2 -3 days. she has done that on her own not by doctors orders.

Trish - posted on 12/23/2008

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Hi

Have you heard of Aloe Vera. Drinking it can sometimes help with constipation. If you would like more information just let me know.

Aimee - posted on 12/23/2008

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hi i just wanted to add another reassuring post on this. My son is now 4yo and started taking it at about 2.5 he was so constipated his colon was stretched out causing more backup and large hard stools that would tear his cute little bottom. He was terrified to poo and would keep holding it becuz he knew it would hurt him. He was also prescribed miralax by a specialist after having the initial ped tell us about it. Its a great laxative cuz it doesnt cause cramping or bloating like some others would. and now that its otc u can get it for under $20 (well here anyway) He only got about a tablespoon 3 times a day for 2 weeks then we gradually brought him down in dosage until he could go on his own. He just turned 4 and just potty trained this summer. He hasnt had any problems since using the miralax and just in case its always in my cabinet. Adjusting his diet could work and if it doesnt maybe press ur pediatrician to find more out on his bowels. Everything should eventually go back to normal. good luck sweetie and i know its hell right now but it will get better.

Amber - posted on 12/22/2008

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My Daughter is 2.5 years old too and has been on Miralax for a year now. It was helping for awhile and then for a week it wouldn't and then the next week it would. I finally took her to the chiropractor cause I heard from so many people that it would help. She has had 3 treatments in 3 weeks and is going everyday without her medicine. He said the side that was rock hard in her lower back makes the digestive system work and it was amlmost blocking it off. You should really try it. I'm so glad I don't have to have her on her medicine anymore.

Katie - posted on 12/22/2008

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My son has had major medical issues and, just like April, started taking it when it was only by rx. (He was an infant taking it and took it for at least a year straight - several times a day.) He's had reconstructive surgery on his intestines after a kidney transplant and is now more regular. I believe the Miralax was a life saver when he was smaller, though. I wouldn't think the Dr would tell you it was safe if it weren't.

April - posted on 12/22/2008

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My son has been taking Miralax since he was about 2.5 and he is now 5. When he started taking it you could only get it with a prescription and it came with a little cup to use for the dosage. Now that it's over the counter, you don't get those cups. My son only gets the equivalent of about 1/4 of the cap that comes with the Miralax you purchase over the counter. We haven't had any issues but depending on the dosage you give your child, you may have different results.

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