Key information is lurking in the websites and fine print for some over-the-counter medicines. Beware. Not only is Geritol 25% alcohol, MiraLAX has key data on the website that is not on the bottle.
My neurologist heard I was still on a weekly elimination schedule and suggested the MiraLAX. I followed the directions and the dose. Every day. For eight days. Nothing happened. Day nine, though, quite a day. A little too eventful, frankly.
“Well,” I thought, “I will dial the tablespoon dose back a notch every day.” Which I did, over the next five days — five unfortunately equally eventful days, culminating in a day during which the half-teaspoon from the morning took a nap until four that afternoon and then greatly inconvenienced me.
I was so inconvenienced that I went to the website to see if there was some chance I was allergic to it, or if it was made from powdered raw eggs or some other heinous ingredient. (Often, when I begin to near my Personal Best of 14 days, I start to think I could just eat a raw egg and resolve the issue, but then I worry I might explode or hemorrhage or something.)
On the website I read this Frequently Asked Question:
How many days can I use MiraLAX?
No more than 7 days. If you need to use a laxative longer than 1 week, stop use and consult your doctor.
So that’s a Catch-22. It doesn’t work at all for the first week, but on the day that puts me over the edge, that’s the day I’m supposed to stop it, and consult my doctor, and say, I suppose, “Are you trying to make me explode or hemorrhage or something?” So, in effect, in a weekly schedule again.
So, I find myself back where I was. Where I was is fine with me.