How to use miralax powder for colonoscopy prep?

Prepping for a colonoscopy is not the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s essential if you want your doc to get a good look at your insides. If you’re looking for some advice or tips on how to use Miralax powder for colonoscopy prep, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is Miralax?

Before we dive into using this fine powder as part of our bowel cleansing regime, let’s take a step back and answer one important question: what is Miralax? This over-the-counter laxative helps move food through your digestive system by drawing water from different parts of your body into your intestines where it mixes with stool making it soft enough so that it can be passed easily.

Why You Need It

As much as we may hate doing any sort of prep work before medical procedures, preparing yourself properly can help ensure that everything goes smoothly during and after the procedure. In order to get an accurate view of what’s going on inside, doctors need a clean slate (i.e., no poop). And that’s when Miralax comes in.

So how does this magic powder work?

The active ingredient in MiraLAX is Polyethylene Glycol 3350, also known as PEG 3350 or Macrogol 4000. It doesn’t make anything happen naturally; instead, this laxative simply attracts water from elsewhere in the body towards itself thereby creating mixing conditions suitable for passing out stool.

  • Did you know that Polyethylene Glycol based laxatives like MiraLAX aren’t absorbed by our bodies? They just pass through our systems untouched!

Okay! Enough about science-y stuff – let’s dive straight into some valuable information on preparing for colonoscopies using MiraLAX!

Preparing for the Prep

Before you start preparing your body, make sure that you:

  • Have enough MiraLAX powder
  • Check with your medical practitioner if there are any dietary restrictions
  • Clear up time commitments, so you can keep close to a bathroom
  • Take off every pair of pants that isn’t stretchy – getting comfy as possible is key!

Setting Up Your Miralax Mix

Once you’re ready to prep, follow these simple steps:

  1. Buy Miralax: You can find Mirilax (or other medication equivalent) at most drug stores or online! Just be aware the powders/drinks may have different instructions on their labels.
  2. Prepping The Solution: Pour One (1) 238g bottle of MiraLAX Powder into three and half liters (about 14 cups) liquid containing electrolytes solution until fully dissolved.
    • Use lukewarm water; It mixes easier!
  3. Store Correctly: The solution must be refrigerated once cooled down & all mixed up! Make sure it is used within 48 hours maximum.

To Flavor or Not to Flavor?

I know what’s running through everyone’s mind right now “Can I mix some Kool-Aid in this?” but hold your horses cowboy!.

The answer here is NO– miraxl does not play well with flavors, so please do yourself a favor and steer clear from anything flavored.

Keep a glass of something juice beside while drinking that will help clear saliva.

Drinking Schedule

Most doctors recommend starting bowel prep about around two days before colonoscopy day. In general, however,the FDA advises “colonic evacuation” generally by taking one dose each hour till its period get completed i.e around eight doses over four hours!.

However, always check with the specific guidelines from your doctor or health care provider since instructions vary{well after all, what’s life without some variety?}.

  • Make sure you read your product’s instruction before taking it
  • Some people get nauseous or have a stomach trachea while drinking the solution
    • No problem! Try cooling down the mix and sipping on it slowly

A Golden Rule to Remember

Here are a few rules of thumb that one must keep in mind when consuming Miralax:

“Drink a Glass full Of Clear Liquid every 10 minutes after finishing each preparation dose.”
– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Side effects

Let’s not sugarcoat this – using MiraLAX as part of your prep process can cause some unpleasant side effects. Here are things to look out for!

  1. Nausea: Feeling like throwing up/pass out. I’ll admit, chugging down massive amounts of salty liquid isn’t everyone’s cup-o-tea.
  2. Cramps: During bowel movements
  3. Bloating : Feelings of being uncomfortably stuffed // Abdominal discomfort & pain
  4. Dizziness sometimes occurs
    5.. To add yet another yuck-factor, MiraLAX may lead to Sudden Urges with Abnormal Touching which could be embarrassing for someone else present in the same room! Be prepared!!

Note that these symptoms should subside after bowel movement is complete.

Conclusion

Hopefully by now you know everything there is about using Miralax powder for colonoscopy prep from adequate dosages, consumption tips and possible adverse outcomes; something no one wants feel embarrassed about!
Yet it never ceases to amaze me how {insert laugh}how funny we funnily embrace rather take weird stuffs so casually ,just only when they’re prescribed by our doctors unless than admitting them pretty amazing, RIGHT?. It all comes beck around doing appropriate preps and making homemade remedies easier– and using the right methods – to ensure that you can make th next colonoscopy a success.

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