Miralax is a white crystalline powder that is mixed with a liquid and taken each day, one or more times, depending on the doctor’s directions. Its purpose is to soften the bowel movement. It is also supposed to improve the effectiveness of Zelnorm, a medicine which helps to improve the rhythmic muscle action of the digestive system. I had read that it was supposed to be tasteless, but I frankly found that a little hard to believe!
I have been on Zelnorm for some time now, but my Gastroenterologist just added the generic form of Miralax to my prescriptions Friday. I tried dissolving the crystals in water the first time, and, at least for me, I will agree that it is tasteless. It does give the water a slightly thick feel, and I could tell it was going to turn me off of drinking water – a purely mental aversion, but one I needed to heed, as water is extremely important! So, I tried it in apple juice, and that worked for me. Then I got the bright idea to just sprinkle it on my morning bran cereal, since it really does dissolve completely. With a little stirring, it disappeared completely, and I couldn’t even tell it was there. So that’s the way I took it yesterday and today.
I didn’t see any results at all from using it until the third day, and even then it was of minimal help. So, today I went back to using the glycerin suppositories after breakfast, and the combination was very successful. (I had stopped using the suppositories Friday, not knowing how my system was going to react to the Miralax.) The bloating has definitely gone down, as my pants are looser. I’m still belching as soon as I put anything in my stomach – even water – but it isn’t as bad as it was.
Today was the first day in a long time that I didn’t end up with the hot pad on my tummy, trying to ease the pain, so I can see the beginning of some improvement!
I’m sure everyone’s experience with the effectiveness of Miralax will be different, depending partly on why they need to use it. But I can say that someone with Parkinson’s, with a long term constipation problem, should certainly give it a try, anyway. The generic version is not very expensive, it seems to be gentle on the system and suitable for long term use, and it seems to do what they say it will do – all while being as close to unnoticeable as a medicine you have to drink is likely to ever get.
You will find a large number of testimonials about people’s experiences with Miralax at the AskthePatient.com site.