Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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 medications might be affecting your digestive health. Maybe MiraLAX® can help.
It is very common. In the United States, more than 42 million people suffer from the discomfort of constipation each year.
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.
Occasional and even frequent constipation are quite common. But if you've used a laxative longer than one week, please contact your doctor.
There is 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 is important to know what is normal for you, so you can recognize when you are experiencing constipation. MiraLAX® may be able to help.
MiraLAX® laxative is an over-the-counter medication for occasional constipation. It is the #1 doctor and gastroenterologist recommended laxative that is clinically proven to relieve occasional constipation and soften stool, without causing harsh side effects.
It relieves occasional constipation by attracting water in the colon to help naturally cause a bowel movement. This water also softens the stool, making it easier to pass.
MiraLAX® does not cause harsh side effects such as gas, bloating, cramping or urgency, only gentle, predictable relief from constipation. When using this product, you may have loose, watery or more frequent stools.
Every laxative works differently. MiraLAX® gently attracts water in your colon which relieves occasional constipation, putting you back in control. It does not cause bloating, gas, cramping, or sudden urgency. If you have experienced any of these harsh side effects with your current laxative, it is time to discover 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.
MiraLAX® easily dissolves in four to eight ounces of water, fruit juice, or any other beverages. And each bottle cap is a measuring device that indicates one 17g dose. Single-dose packets of MiraLAX® are also available.
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.