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what is xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol?

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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
Bariatrics 57 years experience
Sugars: Yes they are.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between d-glucose and sorbitol?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Completely different: Glucose is a basic sugar with calories to provide energy. Sorbitol is a non-absorbable sugar alcohol which is used to sweeten foods which are often labeled, sugar free. It causes bloating and diarrhea in some. Sugar free foods are not calorie free and often contain more fat to make them taste better.
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Why is a person with increased intracranial pressure given the diuretic mannitol?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Mannitol: Mannitol works to reduce intracranial pressure through its diuretic properties. It is usually used in the acute setting (after head trauma).
A 44-year-old member asked:

How could you tell if a bacterium fermented either: mannitol, sorbitol, adonitol or arabinose?

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 26 years experience
Need special tests: This is a rather sophisticated question. One that i can only answer in a very simplistic way. Basically, mannitol, sorbitol, adonitol, and arabinose are sugar alcohols. Not all bacteria can process these reduced sugars. The only way to tell is to have special media, each containing only one sugar alcohol with an indicator. Hen the media would be inoculated individually with the bacterium.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me why iron sorbital is contraindicated in kidney diseased people?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Iron sorbital: Iron sorbital is not contraindicated in patient with kidney disease. Go to this link: http://www.thedrugmonitor.com/iron.html for more information.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Sorbitol from lidoderm patch, can this reach the gastrointestinal system and cause discomfort from the absorption through the skin?

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
No: Sorbitol acts as a laxative only when given by mouth. Gastrointestinal side effects are not listed as a possible adverse effect from Lidoderm.

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