MiraLAX Studied for Psychiatric Side Effects in Children

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If your child’s behavior or mental state changed shortly after taking MiraLAX, they may have suffered neurological damage due to toxic chemicals in the medication. Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP are currently investigating cases for parents and children who have suffered from taking MiraLAX too young and for extended periods of time. Your child may have been irrevocably hurt—we want to help you hold the pharmaceutical company responsible.

To find out if your child was likely harmed by the medication, speak with Pennsylvania harmful drug lawyers—we offer free case reviews to help you understand your legal options. Call (888) 498-3023 or use our short online form.

Children Reportedly Suffering Neuropsychiatric Issues from MiraLAX

MiraLAX is a laxative designed for short-term treatment of constipation in adults. It was never tested for use in children, and it’s maximum recommended period of usage is 7 days. Despite that, doctors have been prescribing MiraLAX to toddlers for periods ranging from 10 days to 2 years. Now, 3,000 parents are calling for the FDA to force Bayer Pharmaceuticals to add a warning label to MiraLAX.

Thousands of parents reported serious neurological side effects after their children were put on MiraLAX:

  • Mood swings
  • Tremors
  • Tics
  • OCD
  • Sudden rage
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Manic behavior

In total, the FDA recorded over 167 adverse side effects—37 of them psychiatric or neurological in nature. This compelled the FDA to grant a study on MiraLAX to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2014. The hospital refuses to comment on their findings until the study is completed and submitted to the FDA, but many parents are already sure that the science will affirm their experiences.

“I feel like my son was absolutely robbed of most of his childhood,” said one mother. Jeanie Ward’s daughter Nicole was prescribed MiraLAX as a 3-year-old. Less than two weeks later, her daughter exhibited signs of aggression, mania, and paranoia. “It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not come completely go back to normal.”

Chemicals Degrade into Toxic Chemicals

The key ingredient of MiraLAX (and its generic name) is polyethylene glycol 3350, or PEG 3350. Under certain conditions, PEG 3350 degrades into two chemicals: ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol. Both chemicals are toxic and can be found in antifreeze.

If your child was harmed by PEG 3350, you’re not alone. Our lawyers intend to hold Bayer or other parties responsible for your family’s suffering. Since 1922, our Pennsylvania defective drug attorneys have kept our communities safe by investigating and litigating against harmful products and practices. Handler, Henning & Rosenberg has secured millions of dollars for our neighbors and clients because we don’t rest until we get answers.

For more information about your child’s harm, call (888) 498-3023 or use our short online form to reach us. Schedule your free case review today!

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