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Colace vs Miralax, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 41

This is personalized comparison of Colace vs Miralax for a male aged 41. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Colace (latest outcomes from 1,304 users) has active ingredients of docusate . It is often used in constipation.

Miralax (latest outcomes from 9,268 users) has active ingredients of polyethylene glycol 3350. It is often used in constipation.

On Oct, 25, 2014: 211 male patients aged 36 who take the same drugs are studied in Colace vs Miralax

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male36chronic constipation

Drugs to compare:

Colace docusate not specified
Miralax polyethylene glycol 3350not specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 36 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)


Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Abdominal PainPyrexia (fever)
PainErythema (redness of the skin)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Bone Disorder
Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Metastases To Bone (cancer spreads to bone)
Chest PainAnaemia (lack of blood)
Pyrexia (fever)Sinusitis (inflammation of sinus)
VomitingDrug Withdrawal Syndrome (interfere with normal social, occupational, or other functioning. are not due to another medical condition, drug use, or discontinuation)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Lymphadenopathy (disease or enlargement of lymph nodes)Dysphagia (condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
PainInsomnia (sleeplessness)
Anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable)
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder (family of sleep disorders affecting, among other things, the timing of sleep)
Loss Of Libido (loss of sexual urge)
Photosensitivity Reaction
Decreased Appetite (decreased appetite occurs when you have a reduced desire to eat)
Stomach Discomfort (pain in abdomen)
Constipation Aggravated

Drug effectiveness:

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Colace (docusate ) is often used to treat constipation. Miralax (polyethylene glycol 3350) is often used to treat constipation. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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