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molly
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posted 09-26-1999 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone taking the prescription medicine Miralax? My gastro gave me a sample, but I'm afraid to try it.

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posted 09-26-1999 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can read about it at their web site, http://www.miralax.com . Why are you afraid?

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posted 09-26-1999 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm flux, I wonder why. Could it be: A. The possible side-effects (and yes, I do realize that some of these side-effects exist for most substances you might take to stimulate the bowel) B. The Polyethelyne - it's a man-made chemical that are not exactly natural for the body to absorb. Yes, I know this is true of many medications. And you say, the derivatives are nature-made; well, what does an altered substance do to the human body. You say, it's been tested- for how long? The alterations realized by the human body are often drawn out over several years. Substances are sometimes stored in the body or alter the natural body chemistry in some way. We are, in a sense, guinea pigs. I repeat my question: How much stock do you have in the pharmaceutical companies?

My guess molly is, perhaps taking it infrequently may be okay. I try to do things a more natural way when I can though. When fiber and water don't do the trick, Cascara, Licorice, and Senna are more natural, but also shouldn't be used on a regular basis, as they may lead to a lazy bowel. A small enema or suppository once or twice a year shouldn't hurt you either. MOM, and stool softeners such as Colace/Pericolace, have been around longer, but also shouldn't be used on a regular basis if possible. Have you tried the magnesium supplements?

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posted 09-26-1999 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for charlie   Click Here to Email charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
miralax
looks like golite to me! what so new about it, i look at the web site!
someone is getting rich on this one!!
golite is what you drink to prep you for many test, i think that miralax is just a small dose of golite
what do you think flux?
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posted 09-26-1999 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think you should be afraid of this drug. Moldie's arguments are hardly logical. It has been used probably since early 70s in many people, and it is not known to be harmful in any way. The body does not absorb it. Any kind of bulking substance like ordinary fiber will have the same side effect profile. It is also probably OK to take it on a regular basis.

Senna does not cause a lazy bowel. The others probably do not either.

You are correct Charlie: it's the same bulking agent in Golytely. The difference is that it does not contains the salts, so it might have some of its effects through osmosis.

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posted 09-26-1999 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Golytely (Nulytely) is what I had to drink for tests. I experienced all the side effects as those on the web page posted for Miralax. Thanks for all the info! I'll stick to the herbs & or try the mag. supplements.

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posted 09-27-1999 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although you experienced these side effects with Golytely, they probably occur much less frequently with Miralax because one would be drinking just a glass, not a gallon.

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