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Is it ok to use a laxative while on antibiotics

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Yes: Opiate-induced constipation is often better managed initially with a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak, holding laxatives like se... Read More

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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Antibiotics: Laxatives work at the level of the colon, by adding bulk, fluid, or increasing contraction. Antibiotic absorption is high up in the intestinal tract. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Yes you may: These will not interfere with each other. While taking amoxicillin, it is best also to take acidophilus with pectin - 3-6 per day.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Pharmacist: This would probably be ok as the amoxicillin will be absorbed before the laxative exerts its full effect. Your pharmacist can advise you on this matte... Read More
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Drug interactions: Great question to ask your pharmacist, family doc or prescribing physician! Always inform doc of all your meds before accepting a prescription. Stool ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes but are you gas: Yes but why haven't you had a bowel movement. Is this your usual pattern. Have you been passing gas. Do you have abdominal pain. These are the questio... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Uncertain: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes.: Unless there is an iodine allergy. Betadine works on the surface only.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on the : Antibiotic. Please check with your pharmacist about interaction between your prescription and metamucil.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Not recommended: As harmless as an antibiotic cream might seem, it is actually absorbed into the skin and the rest of the body. That means different germs 'see' this m... Read More
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Anaerobes/protozoa: Metronidazole is used to treat anaerobic and protozoal infections. These are generally infections of the pelvic and abdominal organs. It is also used... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not food grade: It's not food grade, so shouldn't be ingested. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter laxative that is a safer alternative.

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