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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean answered
42 years experience in Anti-Aging Medicine
There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the co ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
40 years experience in 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience in Radiology
Helsp your: Boowels to move if you are constipated.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience in Radiology
Not very: They can cause cramping and diarrhea - if so - then stop.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
No,: it is a stool softener. It does not increase motility as a function of most laxatives.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience in General Surgery
Stool Softener: Benefiber is considered a stool softener.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Yes!: Laxatives should only be taken under doctor supervision. Some directly irritate your colon to contract to remove stool and can lead to depending on th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience in Family Medicine
Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimula ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Shafi
35 years experience in Gastroenterology
Constipation: Need more information about your symptoms.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience in Wound care
Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for mainta ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Miralax is for constipation as laxative.It is polyethylene glycol to soften the stool without causing electrolyte imbalance..
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience in Clinical Psychology
A Chinese medicine: Practitioner might provide you with a formula (small pills) called cholinex (niu huang jie du). The main ingredient is rhubarb and many report that i ... Read More
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A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Grace Akoh-Arrey
15 years experience in Pharmacology
Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloa ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience in Pharmacology
Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lub ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alain Ades
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Laxatives.: As infrequently as possible.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: To be expected.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you e ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Neither: Colon cleansing serves no medical purpose.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can becom ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not very effective: For most people, although it works for some. Amount of liquid or coconut pult to be effective varies considerably. Doesn't work at all for some & may ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
A laxative based on: It is a laxative based on high fiber, which you could get by eating a healthy died - and it's cheaper.
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, b ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter stool softener which can be mixed with water or juice. Follow the dilution directions on the bot ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: An enema stimulates the rectum because of its volume. Softeners make the stool absorb more water thus making them softer. Sn enema may make the stool ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
24 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Take care: I am a big fan of herbal medicines, but use during pregnancy is complicated by lack of safety data and lack of control over the product. I actually fa ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Magnesium: Both are laxatives, but magnesium citrate will also provide additional magnesium, which is highly beneficial. More info: http://drfairchild.blogspot.c ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience in Radiology
A plant based: Drug causes your bowels to expel their contents.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Laxative dependency : Your colon may be hooked on laxatives .Ur doc can help u wake your colon back up.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Work Differently: Each work differently & are sometimes used together for colonoscopy preps. S. Picosulphate is a stimulant that irritates your colon to contract to rem ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Duphalac: Or Lactulose is an osmotic laxative used as second line for constipation and also in chronic liver disease.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Wouldn't chance it!: Uncertain--i can find no exact references in pubmed re: ingestion of baby oil. Nevertheless, there are well characterized syndromes associated with a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
No, but must dx & rx: Whipples disease is a very rare condition, often found in middle age men, that is also called lipodystrophy. It a bacterial-caused disease that leads ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Metamucil: Metamucil in my opinion.It is natural, contains fiber, can be taken daily, also help bring your cholesterol level down.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Beach
39 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: These are common side effects of laxatives. If this does not resolve over the next day or two you will need to see your doctor.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
SideEffects of abuse: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap ... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not necessary: Intestinal tract normally cleans itself. Many people require laxatives or stool softners if bowels can not be regulated by diet alone. Various so call ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Stephenson M D
43 years experience in Neurology
Less than 24 hrs: Should be a short lived side effect.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Irving Harper
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Further review: You stated your symptoms have been going on for only three months. Have you changed your diet or eating habits considerably? If not, need to evaluate ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Warren
8 years experience in Family Medicine
Within 24 hours: Usually a laxative works within a few hours it depends on the laxative and the type Most are out of the system within 24 hours and some within a few ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes: The 2 should not interact.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Austina Cho
25 years experience in Psychiatry
May cause GI symptom: Garcinia is a fruit extract marketed as a weight loss supplement. High doses of garcinia may act as a laxative. Be careful of excess nausea, vomiting ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Constipation is : Common side effect of narcotic analgesics like percocet. There is no listed interaction between those 2 meds. Make certain thyroid function levels r c ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience in Geriatrics
Possibly: Laxatives will not cause a miscarriage directly but the ongoing malnutrition that can follow can put the futus in danger of loss or malformation.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Generally I am: Not in favor of chronic laxative use. A hi fiber diet along with 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day usually corrects the problem. Y ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Med tx: If you have overdosed on any medication, including laxatives, seek medical attention.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: It will give you severe diarrhea and abdominal cramping. You will need to keep well hydrated. If symptoms are severs and you are getting dehydrated go ... Read More
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