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MIRALAX
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) 3350 - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) 3350 - ORAL

(paw-lee-ETH-ih-leen GLY-coll)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Miralax

Uses

This product is used for the short-term treatment of constipation.

How To Use

Take by mouth once daily as directed by your doctor. Mix 1 heaping tablespoon (17 grams) of the powder with 8 ounces (240 ml) of water, juice, sodas, coffee, or tea. The measuring cap provided contains 17 grams of powder when filled to the indicated line. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about any of the information. Two to four days may be required to produce a bowel movement. Do not use this drug for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor. Long-term use of laxatives may lead to laxative dependence, chronic constipation, loss of normal bowel function and damage to the bowel. Overuse of laxatives may cause persistent diarrhea, dehydration and body mineral problems.

Side Effects

Stomach pain, nausea, bloating, gas or diarrhea may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Allergic reactions to this drug are unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: allergies, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., obstruction, ileus), persistent nausea/vomiting/bloating/stomach pain. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: other laxatives (e.g., milk of magnesia). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include diarrhea.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. It may harm someone. Proper diet, increased fluid intake and regular exercise may help prevent constipation. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. This medication may also be refrigerated. Do not freeze.