Many Parents Questioning Safety of Miralax for Children

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Parents have been horrified recently to see behavior in their young children rapidly change after consuming the anti-constipation drug Miralax. According to many parents, after putting their young children on the medication at the advice of doctors, their personalities rapidly changed. Many children began showing mood swings, rage, paranoia, and aggression.

So many parents have experienced the same reactions from their children after they consumed Miralax that they have banded together under the Facebook Group “Parents against Miralax”. The ingredient in Miralax to which the parents object is polyethylene glycol. Although the Miralax label says it is not recommended for use by anyone under 17, it is commonly prescribed to infant and toddlers.

Currently, a study is underway after the FDA received over 160 reports of adverse side effects in children who consumed Miralax. The FDA recently announced that tests it conducted found that Miralax contained small amounts of ethylene glycol and diethlyene glycol, which are the same toxic chemicals found in antifreeze. Bayer, the maker of Miralax, says that ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol is safe for long-term and short-term use in children, but says that Miralax is not labeled for children.

It’s not clear if any of the children who experienced changes in personality after taking Miralax suffered any long-term consequences as a result of taking the medicine. Regardless, it’s the responsibility of drug manufacturers to make drugs that are safe for the general population. In addition, it’s the responsibility of doctors to correctly prescribe those drugs.

If you have been harmed by an over-the-counter or a prescription medication, you should speak with an attorney. You may have a legal right to compensation. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Facebook to learn more. 

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