Years ago doctors told me to take Miralax for my IBS-C and I did for awhile. It tore my stomach up and made the daily pain so much worse. I really can't recommend it.
First, it's better to make sure you are getting enough fiber every day from actual food. This should be about 15-25 grams if you are on a very low calorie diet (say 1200 calories) or 30-50 grams if you are eating 2000 calories per day. If you really feel like you can't get enough fiber from food, I recommend Heather's Tummy Fiber (acacia senegal fiber), it's a lot gentler and you can just put it in your food and it's undetectable.
What has actually helped me fix the root causes of my IBS and have real progress is to start walking every day, switch from an awful SAD to a clean grain-free low-carb diet, do a month of strong herbal antibiotics to kill off the bacteria in my gut and start fresh (you can also ask your doctor for the antibiotic Rifaximin which does the same thing) while doing a super strict clean diet, and take at least 400mg of high quality magnesium (I'm taking a mix of magnesium glycinate chelate, magnesium l-threonate, magnesium citrate, & magnesium malate) a day. I also try to take digestive enzymes and Iberogast with all meals and to start off the day with lemon water. Later this year (when the weather's cool enough to have them shipped) I plan on trying strong probiotics. I now suspect the main cause of my constipation is hypothyroidism, but I'm waiting to see if it will clear up on its own if I just continue with a healthier lifestyle and healthier body. I also think my stomach acid is impaired from taking unnecessary prescription PPIs.
Fiber is just a "band-aid" solution. So is the FODMAP diet, which is another route you can try for relief right now. But you need to ask yourself what caused the IBS in the first place. Most conventional doctors just want you to take Miralax and Align and don't want to have any hard conversations about diet, or look deeper into any other underlying problems like deficiencies or hormone imbalances. Or bad digestion, or SIBO. I had to suffer needlessly for years until I finally just did a lot of research on my own. You really need to be your own doctor these days.
My GI Dr also recommended Mira-lax after my last bout in the E,R. RE: IBS-C I also take Acidophiles/Pro-biotic capsule/tablet every day to help keep the good bacteria in my system , I have been taking the Mira-lax now for about a month, So far its seems to be helping,
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MISSLORI, I have done a good bit of research this morning about diet and IBS. I, too, have IBS-C, and I can go two or three days without a bowel movement. It's horrible. Plus, I've had a lot of gas lately. With the research I've done this morning, I'm making some dietary changes. Check out WebMD. Or, Google "IBS diet." Still, I like WebMD. My dr. told me I've lost enough weight that I can "chill" for awhile and relax (let it come off naturally). The stress of tracking everything may be aggravating the IBS. I've learned enough and formed enough new habits that I will probably lose the rest in due time. Right now, I need to concentrate on getting the right foods to eliminate some of the digestive issues. I may still track on the website here and my phone app., but I also need to concentrate on the right foods for my digestive system -- not just weight loss. Some of the foods I've been eating have been backfiring on me. (Please ignore the play on words. )
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Oh my gosh! I can't wait to tell my friend this who told me about Miralax!! I am almost out of it. It kills the good gut bacteria? Whew! I'm definitely asking the nurse at my doctor's office about this when she calls me with my blood test results. Yikes!! Thanks for the information.
When I visited my GI doc this last time, I asked him about the difference between miralax and fiber therapy, as SP posts miralax as fiber on the nutrition sheet. He explained that miralax actually acts on the body as a weaker dose of the meds. they give you before a colonoscopy to clean you out. Unfortunately for me, the miralax takes a few days to actually work on my system, but once it softens things up and gets my body moving again, I switch over to the benefiber. I just read the last entry and will now look into her recommendation as it does kinda freak me out to think what I am doing to my system, however, with IBS-C as bad as I have it, I may need drastic treatment as ending up in the hospital is not a hope of mine!
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I was taking Miralax till someone told me to google, "death by colonoscopy." Within the article it talks about Miralax being made by a company that also make toilet bowl cleaner. Also, it states that Miralax KILLS all the good gut bacteria as soon as it hits it and I've previously had c-diff which almost killed me. I decided to do a test, I took one packet of my Miralax RX and dumped it in my toilet and scrubbed, it CLEANED the toilet! I took two more and put them in there as I had a hard water ring which I was having a hard time getting out. I scrubbed again but did not flush, but left it sit for about 30 mins. and then scrubbed again and flushed. That was about 2 weeks ago and the toilet is still sparking clean. No other cleaner has lasted this long and I was drinking it? Needless to say, I have no taken anymore Miralax!.
I take 2 Simply Right stool softeners sold at Sam's Club at night, same as Colace. No severe cramping involved. You could start out with one and see if you need two. Use one in the morning and one at night or two at night like I do.
Personally, I would stay away from Miralax after what I read and what I did with it!
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