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If you have questions about constipation, we have answers.

The challenges of constipation can be better managed by understanding the condition. We've provided answers to common questions to help you better understand some of the causes of constipation and why MiraLAX® is The One for gentle, predictable relief.

What is constipation?

Constipation, or irregularity, occurs when your bowel movements become difficult or when they happen less frequently than normal. Constipation may occur when stool moves slowly through the colon, which could allow too much water to be removed. This can make the stool hard, dry, and difficult to pass. Normal stools are soft and formed, and passed without straining.

You may experience additional symptoms beyond difficulty with bowel movements, such as abdominal discomfort, gas and bloating, and even fatigue, achiness, and irritability.

What causes constipation?

Some common causes of constipation can include lack of exercise, diet, stress, travel, or any other changes in your daily routine.

Sometimes constipation can just be caused by a slower digestive system. It is easy to resist the urge to go to the bathroom. The unfortunate result: postponing a bowel movement may actually contribute to irregularity.

Some medical conditions and various medications, both prescription and over the counter, as well as some nutritional supplements can contribute to constipation. Check with your doctor or pharmacist regarding how your medicines might be affecting your digestive health. Maybe MiraLAX can help.

How common is constipation?

It is very common. In the United States, more than 65 million people – that's 1 in 4 people – suffer from the discomfort of constipation each year.

What can I do to avoid constipation?

The good news is there are plenty of ways to help avoid constipation. Adding high-fiber foods, including oats, wheat bran, and brown rice, to your diet can help. Natural fiber is also found in apples, apricots, blackberries, prunes, raw carrots, kale, and peas. Staying active and exercising to your ability can help keep things moving along. Make sure to consult a doctor before starting a new exercise regimen. And the easiest tip: drink plenty of water and other liquids.

What if constipation or changes in my bowel movement persist?

Occasional and even frequent constipation are quite common. But if you've used a laxative longer than one week, please contact your doctor.

How often do most people have a bowel movement?

There's a wide range of "normal" when it comes to bowel movements. Everyone's normal is different. The average person can go anywhere from three times a day to three times a week. It's important to know what's normal for you, so you can recognize when you are experiencing constipation. MiraLAX may be able to help.

What is MiraLAX?

MiraLAX laxative is an over-the-counter medication for occasional constipation. It is the #1 doctor and gastroenterologist recommended laxative that's clinically proven to relieve constipation and soften stool, with no harsh side effects.

How does MiraLAX work?

It relieves constipation by bringing water into the bowels to help the digestive system naturally cause a bowel movement. This water also softens the stool, making it easier to pass.

Does MiraLAX cause any side effects?

There are no harsh side effects such as cramps, gas, bloating, or sudden urgency caused by MiraLAX, only gentle, predictable relief from constipation. When using this product, you may have loose, watery or more frequent stools.

Why should I consider MiraLAX if my current laxative seems to be working for me?

Every laxative works differently. MiraLAX gently draws water into your colon which relieves constipation, putting you back in control. It doesn't cause bloating, gas, cramping, or sudden urgency. If you've experienced any of these harsh side effects with your current laxative, it's time to discover MiraLAX.

Do I need a prescription for MiraLAX?

MiraLAX laxative is available over the counter, without a prescription, for the treatment of occasional constipation. You can find it in the laxative aisle in all food, drug and mass retailers. Ask your pharmacist or member of the sales staff where MiraLAX is located.

How do I take MiraLAX?

MiraLAX easily dissolves in four to eight ounces of water, fruit juice, or any other beverages. And each 7, 14 and 30 dose bottle top is a measuring device that indicates one 17g dose. Single-dose packets of MiraLAX are also available.

Where can I buy MiraLAX?

You can find MiraLAX on store shelves in the laxative aisle of national drugstore chains, supermarkets, mass merchandisers, and club membership stores. Just look for the pink cap on MiraLAX bottles.

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