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Review: could Miralax cause Frequent headaches?

Summary: Frequent headaches could be caused by Miralax, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Constipation.

We study 8,997 people who have side effects while taking Miralax from FDA and social media. Among them, 453 have Frequent headaches. Find out below who they are, when they have Frequent headaches and more.

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Miralax

Miralax (latest outcomes from 9,242 users) has active ingredients of polyethylene glycol 3350. It is often used in constipation.

Frequent headaches

Frequent headaches (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,204,815 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 9,006 people reported to have side effects when taking Miralax. Among them, 453 people (5.03%) have Frequent Headaches. They amount to 0.04% of all the 1,198,215 people who have Frequent Headaches on eHealthMe.

Trend of Frequent headaches in Miralax reports

Time on Miralax when people have Frequent headaches * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Frequent headaches65.00%15.00%5.00%5.00%10.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Frequent headaches when taking Miralax * :

FemaleMale
Frequent headaches73.23%26.77%

Age of people who have Frequent headaches when taking Miralax * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Frequent headaches0.00%3.50%7.50%3.25%9.00%22.25%16.00%38.50%

Severity of Frequent headaches when taking Miralax ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Frequent headaches16.67%66.67%16.67%0.00%

How people recovered from Frequent headaches ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Constipation (68 people, 15.01%)
  2. Pain (58 people, 12.80%)
  3. Anxiety (23 people, 5.08%)
  4. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (22 people, 4.86%)
  5. Metastases to bone (22 people, 4.86%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (117 people, 25.83%)
  2. Ambien (103 people, 22.74%)
  3. Oxycontin (88 people, 19.43%)
  4. Zometa (87 people, 19.21%)
  5. Prilosec (82 people, 18.10%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Debby on Jun, 29, 2011:

    I have been taking Gabapentin, 600 mg at night, for over two years due to lumbar decompression and fusion of L4-L5. During the same year I had C4-C7 fused as well. I take a 10 milligram Valium every night. Due to these surgeries I have been totally incapacitated for over a year. I am also a 62 year old female. Recently I gradually started getting back into playing golf, as well as other more physical activities. While playing golf I started noticing that I was getting a terrine rash. It started at my ankles and have now worked its way up to my knees, right where the sun hits. It looks terrible and my dermatologist took a biopsy today. Could it be due to photosensity caused by Valium and Gabapentin? The doctor says that it's actually blood vessels breaking or leaking under the skin. It looks terrible, and when I stand I feel a sensation of pins and needles in my lower legs. I don't know what to think or do. I do not want to be housebound any longer.

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    vijay singh on Jul, 3, 2012:

    I am taking vitamin-E and vitamin-B complex regularly daily and Vitamin-A seldom from last two months. Now I saw that there is swelling on my finge's tip. Please suggest me some rimedy.

    Reply

    violet brown on Dec, 3, 2012:

    I'm a 52 y/o female with RA, Sjogrens and fibromyalgia. I've been on Humira & methotrexate for about 7 years. Sinusitis symptoms off and on, usually after Humira injection or day after taking mtx. Infection needing antibiotic only a few times. Frustrating, but better than hurting, fatigue and joint degeneration.

    Reply

  • From this study (5 years ago):

  • Allergic/adverse reaction to bowel prep precipitated diagnoses for stroke, atrial fibrillation & renal insufficiency in less than 5 weeks.

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