Does miralax make you retain water?

Miralax has become a popular go-to solution for people dealing with constipation and other digestive issues. However, some individuals have raised concerns about the side effects it may cause, particularly water retention. Today, we will tackle this question and find out if there is any truth to these claims.

What is Miralax?

Before diving deeper into the topic, let us first establish what Miralax is all about. Miralax (polyethylene glycol 3350) is an osmotic laxative that works by drawing water into the colon to help soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.

How does polyethylene glycol work in our body?

Polyethylene glycol works as an osmotic agent by causing water retention to draw more fluid from our body’s tissues. It reaches the intestine without getting absorbed through its intestinal wall via active transport but due to osmosis draws additional fluids back into it leading to increased stool volume.

Understanding Water Retention

Water retention or edema happens when excess fluids build up within our bodily tissues, resulting in swelling or puffiness on different parts of our body like legs or arms.

As annoying as this condition can be, it isn’t always bad news; mild water retention usually occurs during menstruation periods where they can gain up several pounds throughout that week until their period arrives (Sounds lovely right ladies?). They can also happen when pregnant. Salt intake causes cells retaining extra salts needed for later use which results in bloated feeling sometimes after long flights too.

There are many reasons why you might develop edema; how much salt you eat and changes in hormone levels are just a couple of factors affected besides regular symptoms such as intense headaches or blood pressure irregularities which require medical care immediately.

Causes Of Edema

  • Pregnancy
  • PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Low levels of protein in the blood
  • Excessive salt consumption
  • Kidney diseases

Depending on its severity, edema can be temporary or chronic; it requires careful investigation and management to tackle resulting complications.

Does Miralax Cause Water Retention?

There have been concerns about whether people who use Miralax experience water retention. While it is true that the drug might cause some degree of bloating and gas (and by bloating we mean looking like a hot air balloon) initially, there isn’t much evidence to prove that polyethylene glycol causes long-term water retention.

A study conducted in 2015 on patients undergoing colonoscopies showed no significant increase in weight or instances of fluid buildup after taking daily doses for three days preceding each procedure (This proves you won’t look like a pufferfish from overuse!).

Mild Side Effects Related To Usage

Retaining water or not, are there any side effects related to using miralax? Surprisingly you might face these mild side effects:
1. Bloating
2. Gas
3. Dizziness (And this too, makes us spin around twice as fast)
4. Feeling nauseous.
5. Loose Bowels

If you experience anything more than mentioned above then does consult your doctor because it indicates something else may be happening other than merely constipation issues such as diarrhea alongside cramping pain which needs medical attention immediately!

Now let’s look at all the reasons why Miralax wouldn’t make one retain so much damn water despite its large amounts used!

What Causes Chronic Water Retention?

Chronic conditions such as heart disease,renal failure, lymphedema (a complication often associated with breast cancer treatment), venoarterial thromboembolism(VTEs) along with liver and thyroid disorders can lead one towards edema however very rarely Miralax is the cause of chronic water retention. That too when excessive use on a continued basis.

How Much Miralax Is Too Much?

The recommended dosage for Miralax is between 17 and 34 grams per day, depending on your age, weight, and medical condition (because we all know won’t like to overdo laxatives and sit screaming at whatever comes rushing straight out). Doctors recommend using it for no more than seven consecutive days in most cases.

Some Tips If You Have Been Using It For A Long Time

  • Avoid taking additional amounts or prolonged use if you notice any new symptoms.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting something new or regular usage beyond the suggested period.
  • Take fiber-rich foods to regulate body movements naturally
    It’s important to note that taking high doses of this medication can lead to vomiting, internal bleeding, dehydration (Which translates making us feel like dried-up husks glued together! Eww) , electrolyte imbalances(Wayward potassiums hampering our muscles functioning leading toward weakness amongst other things! No gymming then.. woohooo!!) along with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

What Are The Alternatives To Over-The-Counter Drugs?

Putting aside harmful side effects caused by excessive dosages; what are alternatives to avoid constipation? Whilst there are several dietary changes one could follow such as including high fibrous meals hold an ever so present yet practical solution whilst avoiding munching down too much junk food mostly fast-fried which causes hard faecal matter limiting one’s desire towards going frequently (Can doodles improve bowel movement? Asking for myself 🙄)

Foods good enough for digestion include:
1. Grains
2. Fruits & vegetables containing fibers such as Bananas(keeping Doc away lady!) /apples/Artichokes(minimum twice daily!)
3. Nuts/seeds.
4. Yogurt
5. Probiotic supplements
(What? Don’t judge- Pinkberry is not available even nearby)

Here are some natural home remedies that can work inexpensively to keeping things “running” smoothly:
1) Aloe Vera juice one shot a day with ever-increasing water intake,
2) prune or grapefruit juices daily alongside lemon and ginger teas boosted by cayenne pepper (if you think it helps).
3) Dry fruits such as Apricots, Figs, and Raisins also help your stomach detoxify anti-inflammatory properties.


So there you have it! Water retention may occur for various reasons; however, scientific studies do not support any conclusive evidence of Miralax causing long term edema if taken within limits. Also, now we’ve laid out alternatives to not only alleviate constipation but also lead toward bettering bowel vitality making everyday tasks much easier than before(we mean lighter moments for sure).

In the end,Miralax remains an effective solution rather than just pointing towards unjust-made-up claims against its reputation trust scientists’ verdicts on this one!

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