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How is polyethylene glycol (Miralax, Glycolax) used to treat chronic constipation?

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Polyethylene glycol (Miralax, Glycolax ) is an osmotic laxative and causes water to remain in the stool, which results in softer stools. This medication may work best for those who can't tolerate dietary fiber supplements.

From: Medicines to Treat Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

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