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how do vegetable laxatives work

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Veg oil: Vegetable oil will be at least partially absorbed. It may be totally absorbed. It will lubricate some stool. Better to use prunes, prune juice, Mirala ... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
No interaction: follow the directions that come with the laxatives
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
40 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Some chillies,maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only p ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Don't bother: Eating fruits and vegetables will not detoxify the body of build up toxins so don't do it for 30 days only. However, eating mostly a plant based diet ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
8 years experience Internal Medicine
In moderation: The best way to get your proper vitamins and minerals is to eat a well balanced diet loaded with raw fruits and veggies. I know this is not always eas ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
Fast: Within 1-2 hours faster if you drink it warm.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends on cause: Laxative dependency develops for lots of reasons: 1) desire for rapid weight loss/ eating disorders; 2) reduction of GI symptoms of bloating/fullness; ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Fresh veggies: Fresh veggies are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, with adequate fluid intake, you should not get constipated. It depends on the type of carb a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Try this link:: http://www.drugs.com/mtm/milk-of-magnesia.html
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
Short: Fix with many side effects. Excessive, whatcha caloric intake is a more effective permanent solution.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
42 years experience Preventive Medicine
14 grams/1000 Cal: Dietary guidelines for americans recommends that people eat 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories. So if you eat 2000 calories per day, you should ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
Easy on the gut: There are many herbal preparations in the health food stores that claim to do a good job, whatever you do, avoid preparations with laxatives, and unle ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Quickly: It is not like exlax, but it will start to work usually within 48-72 hours.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience Pharmacology
Fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate): In most people, fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) normally produce results within an hour.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Roughly 24: Hours. These are used in the maintenance treatment of constipation. They will be less effective at standard doses for a stool impaction.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Nally
38 years experience Family Medicine
Lipase Inibitor: Xenical inhibits (blocks) an enzyme called lipase that allows your intestines to absorb fatty acids (fat).
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
26 years experience Gastroenterology
No...: ...Only tincture of time will.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Bulimia: Bulimic people will often tell you that they don't want to gain weight, even though they binge eat large quantities of calorie-dense food. So, they ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not much : They can be helpful as part of a detoxification program. If you want to lose weight you need to focus on exercise and nutrition.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Best start: I'm glad you're interested in healthy eating. Truth is, Brian, that nobody loses weight by focusing on counting calories. It's a lifestyle change. Avo ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacte ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There are many: over the counter medications for constipation that work well.

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