Is MiraLAX Addictive?

If you are looking for a laxative to treat occasional constipation, you may consider taking MiraLAX® (polyethylene glycol 3350). This nonprescription laxative works by drawing water into the colon, softening the stool, and increasing the frequency of bowel movements. But is MiraLAX addictive?
 
MiraLAX is not an addictive medication. However, long-term use or overuse could result in dependence on laxatives to produce a bowel movement or an imbalance of body salts (electrolyte imbalance). To avoid this problem, do not take MiraLAX for longer than seven days unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
 
(Click MiraLAX Warnings and Precautions for a closer look at whether MiraLAX is addictive and why you should not use this laxative for more than seven days without first talking to your healthcare provider. This article also covers other important safety concerns to keep in mind while using it.)
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