Miralax VS Colace

Michelle_2975
on 2/24/11 8:11 am - Canada
For those of you that use this stuff...

I have been using liquid colace, 3 full droppers, 2x a day. I want to switch to Miralax. I am unsure how much Miralax I should take. If I take less than 6 dropper full a day I have issues, some days I use more. This is starting to get expensive, I am going through a little bottle every 4 days. I want to make sure that I take enough of the Miralax,  or not take too much.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mich

A dream come true!
 

        
Ann Brighton
on 2/24/11 8:47 am - IN
RNY on 01/13/10 with
I don't know what the equivalent would be but I take Miralax (well the Kroger equivalent GentleLax and I'm sure there is a Walmart equivalent) and I take a capful every day in my hot tea.  It works well for me but everyone is different.

Good luck.
                                       
Michelle_2975
on 2/24/11 8:56 am - Canada
The stuff that I got is a powder.
bigmetfan38
on 2/24/11 9:01 am - los osos, CA
Revision on 07/15/14
it is a powder, and it's a big cap  -  you just put a cap full in your water, not taste, no nothing - i have colitis, and when i have a really hard time my dr. told me to double it. but don't do that unless your dr. tells you too! try it for about a week, see how it goes.

hope that helped!
                        
mkbeany
on 2/24/11 9:07 am
I take the regular dose marked on the cup.
I use it daily.

(I switched to the Sams brand a while back. Cheaper.)
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. " -- Anais Nin

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Michelle_2975
on 2/24/11 9:10 am - Canada
Is it better to take it in the evening or the morning?
OregonGal
on 2/24/11 10:26 am - Beaverton, OR
I've had to take both, daily, for over 5 years now.  One scoop of the generic miralax mixed in my water bottle with a little bit of crystal lite.  I take one colace pill in am and one in pm.  In the beginning, I needed like 2 colace am and pm.  I don't think timing is an issue with the miralax, since it's not a stimulant - BUT if I don't do it daily, I'm in trouble pretty quick. I had a bowel obstruction recently, following surgery - just because I stopped this routine while in the hospital.

HTH, Anne
        
vitalady
on 2/24/11 2:22 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
They're not an "or". Not the same thing. Like asking should I buy gas or oil for my car. Both important, but they have different actions.

I use 4 colace + 1 capful Miralax and the rest is magnesium oxide. Next day, hot beverage is the first thing in the plumbing in the morning

Michelle
RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

Just Ducky
on 2/24/11 2:48 pm - Belleville, IL
Exactly what Vitalady said! It's like comparing apples and oranges...Colace is a stool softner (in case your stool is hard and particularly painful) and Miralax (which is safe for daily use for a long time) is both a mild softner and stimulant (Safe for people with digestive surgery such as WLS paitients).

I use 1-2 colce daily (to keep things soft) and I am 98% good...Once in awhile if I haven't gone in a few days I use 1-2 doses of Miralax (it is NOT harsh, so don;t worry about it being like the old "Ex-Lax"). If you don't dump prune juice (or diluted prune juice) every few days can help and in an emergency you can use MoM (Milk Of Magnesia) which usually resolves things in 4-10 hours.

If you have taken Colace, Miralax and MoM and nothing is "moving" within 10-12 hours call your Bariatric Surgeon ASAP.
Good luck and hope you feel better!
PS: The Miralax (or Generic Equivelant) has a "measuring cup" on the inside of the cap...Just measure what it tells you too...Usually a full capful. Again, it is NOT "harsh" and you can mix it with ANY liquid, hot, cold or room temp and it has NO taste or smell or color! Yeah!
Warmly,
Jackie