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Are Taking Laxatives Bad For You
Laxatives: Laxatives, like all medications are very useful if taken as directed. Laxatives are generally intended for short term use unless you have some chronic GI condition. It should be noted that it is possible to develop a psychological habituation to laxatives. ...Read more
What medical issues should I be concerned about if i am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?
Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Does taking to many vitamins cause constipation? I have been exercising more and stopped taking as many vitamins an always been constipated
What are the dangers of taking lansoprazole long term i've been taking for 3+ years and really want to stop taking tablets, I have reactive gastritis?
Gastritis: Like most ppi one of the problems of taking them for a long time is the interference in the absorption of magnesium and the development of atrophic gastritis or thinning of the lining with lack of cells. Talk to your doctor as you may be able to take alternative medicine or stop it. ...Read more
Are there any safe natural alternatives to ativan (lorazepam)? I have been taking 3 mg a day for two years and would really like to stop taking it.
Not really: I do not know about anything that could replace it but you might want to try to decrease the dose you are taking very gradually. ...Read more
Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?
Work-up appropriate: Before you contemplate longterm laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
I am constipated and probably need to take a laxative but am worried about side effects. Do laxatives give you diarrhea
Laxatives: This is a loaded question. Start by defining exactly what you mean by constipation, and keeping a journal of what happens daily. Laxatives may or may not be appropriate and should be used regularly only under medical supervision. To address constipation on your own, first eat 3 regular meals per day, drink two liters of water per day, cut out caffeine and alcohol, and add fiber to each meal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have ibs. What are some OTC meds that aid in alleviating constipation? I already take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and benefiber, but am looking for immediate relief.
Fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) : If you haven't tried it. Lots of fluids and fibers, fruits and veges. ...Read more
Are all diet pills bad for you? If not which ones are good for you to take to lose x amount of lbs..?
Are heartburn syrups harmful if you take them too much, and what should I do if i get frequent digestion problems?
Heartburn: If you are having this frequently you should be evaluated by a GI doctor to be sure that you do not have gastroesophageal acid reflux with or without a hiatus hernia, and if excess acid whether you may be infected with helicobacter pylori. The latter should and can be successfully eliminated. If not, there are easier meds to take for chronic "heartburn". Good luck. ...Read more
Fruit is Sugar: We grew up with a myth that all vegetables and fruits are healthy. But this is not so in a world of obesity and diabetes. If one has a weight problem or a tendency to develop diabetes then every form of sugar or carbohydrate is to be questioned and limited. It is a myth that fruits are healthy. If one is overweight sugars are the enemy first and foremost. ...Read more
Can you get sick from probiotics. Are they safe to take. Any risks taking them. What's a recommended brand?
No: You can't get sick from probiotics. They are safe to take. They are the type of medication that either works or doesn't work , but has little in terms of side effects. There isn't a recommended brand, best is to go to your local health food store and ask for recommendation of brands carried. I don't know of any risks of taking them. ...Read more
Antibiotics are making me sick what should I take for some relief or what should I do stop taking them. Please help?
See below: Usually the nausia from antibiotics can be improved by taking them after eating on a full stomach. This can decrease the absorption of some antibiotics but that's better than having to stop due to nausia. Also, usually when you continue to take the antibiotic your body gets used to it and the nausia improves. Good luck. ...Read more
Hi, so taking too many tums for heartburn is not good but also taking otc zantac (ranitidine) for periods longer than 14 days is not good. What other meds are safe?
The PPIs.: OTC medications like Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) are stronger than what you have been taking. But the fact remains that if your symptoms are not relieved after a week or two of medication you need to see a doctor to confirm your diagnosis and see if any formal investigative testing may be needed. ...Read more
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