Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who were injured by MiraLax (PEG 3350), a laxative that has been linked to reports of tremors, tics, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and other serious side effects in children.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by MiraLax side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Parents Claim Kids Who Took MiraLax Developed ‘Neuropsychiatric Problems’
An ongoing study being conducted at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is looking into parents’ claims that their children developed “neuropsychiatric problems” after taking MiraLax. The over-the-counter laxative “is regularly prescribed off-label to infants and toddlers, when it’s not recommended for use to anyone under 17,” according to the New York Times. Parents reported their children became angry, aggressive and paranoid, with violent mood swings.
Jeanie Ward told ABC News that her daughter, Nicole, began experiencing “near psychiatric events” and mood swings soon after she started taking MiraLAX at 3 1/2 years old. “It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not completely go back to normal,” Ward said.
What is MiraLax?
MiraLax (polyethylene glycol 3350 or PEG 3350) is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. The drug is used to treat occasional constipation or irregular bowel movements. However, MiraLax has been shown to contain toxic chemicals found in car antifreeze, which may be especially harmful to children.
Common Laxatives have Antifreeze Chemicals: FDA Warning
MiraLax and its generic counterparts contain a compound of the highly toxic chemicals ethylene glycol (EG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), ingredients found in automotive antifreeze and brake fluid. In June 2014, FDA sent a brief to researchers announcing the results of a study which found both EG and DEG in 8 batches of MiraLax. While small amounts of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol are legally permitted in some certain medications, it is unknown whether these chemicals may pose a risk to children, especially those take the laxative regularly.
MiraLax Side Effects
- Kidney Damage
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Kidney Failure (End-Stage Renal Disease or “ESRD”)
- Oxalate Nephropathy
- Acidic blood
- Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
- Neuropsychiatric Events
- Mood Swings
- And more
Empire State Consumer Project (ESCP)
The non-profit organization Empire State Consumer Project (ESCP) has filed an FDA Citizens Petition to study the effects of MiraLax and other PEG 3350 laxatives in children. This petition was granted in 2014 with a study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of the research is to determine whether PEG 3350 breaks down into the toxic chemicals ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol in the body, increasing the risk for adverse psychiatric events in children.
ESCP has also asked the FDA to test for nutrient depletion, changes in gut biology that affect the brain, and metabolic acidosis caused by laxative use, which may also be contributing to neuropsychiatric events in children.
Can I Participate in a Class Action Lawsuit?
No class action lawsuit has been filed to date in the MiraLax litigation, and it is unlikely that such an action will be entered anytime in the near future. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you or a loved one has been injured. Our lawyers are currently accepting potential individual lawsuits on behalf of people who were harmed by MiraLax side effects. If we determine that you have a valid claim against Bayer, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Do I Have a MiraLax Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in MiraLax lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by MiraLax side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.