When to Take Miralax with Transverse Colostomy

Apr 15, 2024 3:09 am

Hello, I had a transverse colostomy 9 days ago. An ostomy nurse (but no doctor) told me to take Miralax daily. This caused my output to be watery and I had leaks every 3-4 hours even after using a system that has not leaked since I discontinued Miralax. Which begs the question, when would I take Miralax with a transverse colostomy?

Apr 15, 2024 6:59 am

When you want to leak, duh. 😁 Actually, I know some get told to take that stuff when you first get re-routed to keep everything coming out easier as you heal. But one needs to be careful to not take too much and have issues like you are having.

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Apr 15, 2024 11:41 am

Hello, my ostomy nurse also told me to take Miralax daily, but I didn't because it gave me the runs (normally had thicker output). I figured my colorectal surgeon would tell me if I needed to. I asked, and he said to only take it if I didn't have any output for a few days. I've had my reversal surgery now, but Miralax every day was not for me! Maybe ask your doctor?

Apr 15, 2024 3:18 pm
Reply to DexieB

Thank you so much for the reply! Happy to hear you had reversal surgery. How did it go?

Apr 15, 2024 3:28 pm

I take Laxido daily. I am guessing it's a similar alternative.

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Apr 15, 2024 6:32 pm
Reply to Stilts

It went great! No issues, I was out of the hospital in 2 days and my bathroom habits were right back on track! Of course, there was some pain as my wounds healed... but nothing like I experienced when I first got my emergency surgery and ostomy. But I had gone into that very sick with peritonitis and sepsis, and that was an open surgery - so of course the reversal was easier. I have absolutely no regrets. Thank you for asking!

Apr 16, 2024 9:22 pm

I have a colostomy. When I left the hospital, I was told to take Miralax every day, so I did... until I didn't. I used it consistently for 6 months, then I went on a short vacation and one day I forgot to use it. Nothing changed - for good or ill. I intentionally didn't take it the next day... no change. I haven't used it since - going on three months. My output is thick but soft.

Apr 17, 2024 12:34 am
Reply to patandwinnie55

Good for you. The less medication anyone can take, the better.