Like so many things we use and do in therapy (including therapeutic techniques), research and efficacy often come after the technique or product is being used. There is a New Research Study beginning which will investigate the long term effects of using Miralax and related laxatives containing the active ingredient polyethylene glycol.
We have parents asking about the safety based on these new articles. At this point, we are still using Mirilax and other types of stool softeners with our feeding patients who are constipated or who need assistance to stool more.We look forward to seeing the results!
Information on Mirilax from Bayer, the company that makes Mirilax.
The website provides this information on how it works (along with a short video and comparison to other stool softeners).
“MiraLAX® contains Polyethylene Glycol 3350, which is a completely different way to treat occasional constipation. It activates water to work in 3 ways – hydrating, easing and softening – to unblock your system naturally. “
News articles about the new research:
NY Times Article:
Common health and reform: