Parents have reported being “horrified” by the changes they’ve seen in their kids after taking the popular laxative. Here’s what the experts say.
For many parents of children suffering from constipation, the laxative MiraLax has been a godsend. It’s shocking to learn, then, that the common over-the-counter medication is not meant to be used for kids under 17—though many doctors have been prescribing it off-label anyway, despite the fact that it’s suspected to come with a whole bunch of scary side effects like behavioral issues, speech problems, anxiety, and depression.
Now several families are coming forward to claim their children have developed such neuro-psychiatric problems after taking MiraLax. The controversy kicked off after 6 ABC Action News reported that Philadelphia mom Jeanie Ward gave her 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter Nicole the laxative on the advice of a doctor, and within 10 days, Nicole’s personality had changed drastically.
“Near psychiatric events with paranoia, mood swings, aggression, rage,” Ward explained. “It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not completely go back to normal.”
So scary! Which is why Ward also helped author a petition to the FDA back in 2012 asking for a warning label and an investigation into MiraLax. An FDA grant was awarded to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania in 2014. So far, the study has found 167 cases of adverse side effects in children who took the laxative, including 37 kids who displayed neurological or psychiatric symptoms. And the FDA also disclosed that MiraLax powder was found to contain small amounts of the same toxic ingredients found in antifreeze.
Now parents like Ward—more than 13,000 and counting—are joining forces in a Facebook group called Parents Against Miralax in order to stop the recommendation of the medication…
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