How Long Does it Take for Miralax to Work?
Being constipated is never a pleasant experience so when it strikes naturally you would want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Usually constipation is just your body reaction to a small short-term change you have made, either to you eating or activity habits. In that case, the problem should solve itself within a week’s time without any need of external help. However, when the bad luck really strikes you might need to give your body a small push in the right direction for your bowels to get back on their feet. In that case over-the-counter laxatives such as MiraLAX might be just what you need to get everything going smoothly.
However, once you get to the point where laxatives become relevant you are already feeling really uncomfortable – maybe you are even in pain and one question will undoubtedly arise:
How long does it take for Miralax to work?
The short answer is: usually between 12 and 72 hours. This might seem awfully unprecise – and it is. Unfortunately, it is the best estimate we can give since everyone’s body is different and will react differently to the laxative. On top of this, the severity of the constipation and its cause might also affect the time and doses needed.
Even though this may feel like a long time when waiting for the constipation to go away, it is very important to remember that upping the recommend dose of the laxative should not be attempted. Not only might overdosing on laxative result in a variety of other unpleasant side-effects, it could also make the constipation worse! As with any drug, you should always follow the provided guidelines closely unless a doctor or medical professional has specifically told you not to do so.
On the note of medical professionals, you should probably contact your doctor if your constipation has been going on for over a week and you have already tried over-the-counter products without any results. While constipation is generally not a big deal and easy to fix, on rare occasions it can evolve into a more serious problem if not taken care of. There is also the possibility that constipation is a symptom of an underlying more serious condition.
This does not mean you should be worried right away if you have some problems with bowel movements, as serious problems with constipation is quite rare assuming you have no prior conditions that might affect your system.
As always, when it comes to health you should use your own discretion as to how ill you feel and if are feeling unwell call up your doctor. It is always better to make an unnecessary phone call than to not make a necessary one.