Can you eat miralax without water?

In this brief article we will answer the question,”Can you eat miralax without water?” We will take a look at the danger of taking miralax without water and some side effects of taking miralax. We will also explain the different forms that miralax comes in and its recommended uses. We will also briefly discuss some alternatives to miralax.

Can you eat miralax without water?

No, it is not advisable to take miralax or any other laxatives without plenty of water. Miralax is a brand name for an osmotic laxative solution that is used to treat short term constipation by increasing the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements.

What is the danger of taking miralax without water?

There is a risk of choking

Taking miralax without water can result in choking and also breathing difficulties. This is because the miralax powder can accidentally be inhaled inside the lungs due to its dryness. Always take miralax with a full glass of water or other liquid of about 8 ounces or 240 milliliters to prevent the risk of choking.

What are some side effects of taking miralax?

Miralax does have some documented side effects which can range from mild to severe. Some common side effects are:

  • Gas (flatulence)
  • Diarrhea or loose stools.
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Increased sweating

It is advisable to seek medical advice if you experience serious side effects of Miralax which include severe or bloody diarrhea, bleeding from your rectum, blood in feces, very painful stomach pain, cramping, or bloating.

What are the different forms that miralax comes in?

Miralax comes in only powder form. As earlier mentioned, mix your miralax powder into 4 to 8 ounces of water or another beverage and then drink it. Miralax does not come in other medicinal forms such as liquid, tablet or pill.

Bottles of Miralax powder contain seven doses, 14 doses, 30 doses or 45 doses. There are also boxes that contain single-serve packets of miralax powder.

What are the recommended uses of Miralax?

Miralax is used for constipation

MiraLAX is usually recommended for short-term treatment of constipation in adults and adolescents aged 17 years and older. It may also be recommended for treating constipation in young children and even babies below 2 years of age.

Miralax should not be taken for 7 days without consultations with the doctor because it is important that the doctor evaluates the cause of treatment as well as try to find other treatment for the constipation.

Miralax is also usually recommended by doctors for treatment of chronic long lasting constipation. It has been recommended by various medical societies as an effective 1st choice treatment for chronic constipation.

Miralax is used as a colonoscopy prep

Miralax can as well be recommended by the doctor so as to prepare the bowel for colonoscopy. It is important because it clears out the contents in your gastrointestinal tract before having a colonoscopy. 

It may not be as effective as other available colonoscopy options but it can be recommended. If it is recommended it should be taken as per instructions issued by the doctor, it may be required to be taken with other medications.

Miralax is used for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Miralax is also used sometimes by people with IBS who also have constipation. It can improve symptoms of constipation although it has been found to be ineffective in improving other symptoms that come with IBS such as stomach upset or pain.

MiraLAX is used for diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is an inflammation or swelling of pouches that form in the intestines known as diverticula. It usually results in pain, nausea, fever and other symptoms. Some people also experience constipation and doctors may recommend it for such patients.

What are some alternatives to Miralax?

Miralax is an osmotic laxative used in treatment of constipation. Other types of laxatives can also be used to treat constipation. Some examples of these laxatives are:

Bulk-forming laxatives.

Bulk forming laxatives contain fiber which helps in bulking up the stool and stimulating the colon to allow its movement. They also work just like osmotic laxatives by drawing water into the colon to soften the stool.

Stool softeners

Stool softeners products work by drawing water into the stool so as to soften them and make them easier to pass. They do not stimulate bowel movements like very many other laxatives.

Conclusion

In this brief article we answered the question,”Can you eat miralax without water?” We looked at the danger of taking miralax without water and some side effects of taking miralax. We also explained the different forms that miralax comes in and its recommended uses. We briefly discussed some alternatives to miralax.

Citations

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325170#side-effects

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