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Overusing MiraLAX

People who have occasional constipation may benefit from MiraLAX® (polyethylene glycol 3350). It is available without a prescription (also known as over-the-counter, or OTC). It comes in the form of a powder that is dissolved in a beverage and swallowed once daily. You should not take this laxative for more than seven days unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
Overusing MiraLAX or using this laxative for a long period could result in dependence on a laxative to produce a bowel movement or could cause an imbalance of body salts (called electrolyte imbalance).
(For more information on the possible problems of overusing this laxative, click MiraLAX Warnings and Precautions. This article also provides important information on what to expect while taking this product and who may not be able to safely use MiraLAX.)
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