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Just to note that my question includes the underlying question about the safety of ingredient:PEG.

See more info at: https://www.gutsense.org/gutsense/the-role-of-miralax-laxative-in-autism-dementia-alzheimer.html

"Polyethylene glycol is made by stringing together molecules of ethylene glycol into a large polymer chain, hence the prefix poly-, Greek for many. On its own, ethylene glycol is used in automotive antifreeze and brake fluid. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, it is an extremely toxic substance:

“Ethylene glycol is chemically broken down in the body into toxic compounds. It and its toxic byproducts first affect the central nervous system (CNS), then the heart, and finally the kidneys. Ingestion of sufficient amounts [as little as 30 ml — KM] can be fatal.” [2]

The term “neuropsychiatric events” in the FDA's safety alert refers to neurologic disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems such as autism, dementia, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and similar others [3]. These conditions result from PEG's direct (through cellular damage) and indirect (through malnutrition of essential micronutrients) neurotoxicity. No surprise there considering the quotation above."

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A few years ago I used Miralax. It was helpful, but I was concerned about the safety of it. I prefer to use foods. I started eating prunes each day instead. I eat them with peanut butter, or diced up and put into a homemade trail mix, or stewed and pureed and used in place of jam.  I also ate 1 cup of diced celery each day. If one cup of celery at one sitting is too much, then divide it over the day. It is important to drink plenty of water when following this regiment. This worked as well as Miralax for me. 

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