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Apart from laxative effect,is sugar alcohol (erithritol) better substitute to sugar & artificial sweetener?OR is there any other disadvantage to them?

Apart from laxative effect,is sugar alcohol (erithritol) better substitute to sugar & artificial sweetener?OR is there any other disadvantage to them?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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Sugar Substitute (Definition)

Sugar subsitites are chemicals that taste like sugar but have no calories and do not change blood sugar when consumed, they include: saccharine, aspartame (equal) sucralose (splenda), and stevia only the ...Read more


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I'm now consuming pure marine collagen and heard people been talking about the side effects. Is there any research on side effects of this?

I'm now consuming pure marine collagen and heard people been talking about the side effects. Is there any research on side effects of  this?

Probably not: "pure marine collagen" is not an fda approved medication, which means there is probably not any good research on the product itself. It is even less likely that there is any research on "side effects" of the product. ...Read more

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Are there any longterm side effects resulting from consuming energy drinks?

Are there any longterm side effects resulting from consuming energy drinks?

Yes there are...: Energy drinks result in brain stimulation by providing excess caffeine and/or Amino Acids that the brain turns into stimulating neurotransmitters. Therefore you can develop the same physical and cognitive side effects as someone using cocaine. So buyer beware! ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of artificial sweetners.?

Are there any side effects of artificial sweetners.?

I believe not: Other healthtap practitioners will want to share their own thinking. The enormous internet campaign against aspartame began with one pseudonymous individual offering preposterous, obviously malicious claims. Any time the public is told something is harmful, there will be anecdotes, support groups, and militants. If you must drink pop, i'd rather you avoid the sugar & obesity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could diet pills have severe side effects when mixed with alcohol?

Could diet pills have severe side effects when mixed with alcohol?

Diet pills: It depends on the type of diet pills. Some are in the category of stimulants, which suppress one's appetite. Therefore, one may be able to drink more alcohol without feeling sleepy, for example. This may lead to a dangerous situation, like trying to drive while under the influence. As such, i would be very careful. A single glass of wine or one beer is okay, but i would stop there. Good luck. ...Read more

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Good medication to relieve symtpoms of small fiber neuropathy with few side effects? Gabapentin caused too many side effects.

Good medication to relieve symtpoms of small fiber neuropathy with few side effects? Gabapentin caused too many side effects.

Other options includ: You could try some other options. Two that I have used successfully include Lyrica (pregabalin) which is similar to gabapentin, but is a newer generation. Older drugs such as amitryptyline ; nortriptyline may also help. ...Read more

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Can the diet supplement hoodia really suppress appetite? Normal to have migraines or severe side effects from this?

Can the diet supplement hoodia really suppress appetite? Normal to have migraines or severe side effects from this?

CAREFUL: Some diet pills are dangerous. Best is portion control and little exercise, or carbs only for breakfast and not for lunch and dinner, wt watcher good. ...Read more

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I switched from equal to truvia and started having neck/shoulder pain. Googled "truvia side effects" and many people have same symptoms. Connection?

I switched from equal to truvia and started having neck/shoulder pain. Googled "truvia side effects" and many people have same symptoms. Connection?

Do not know: I really do not know but the easiest way to find out is to stop the truvia and see if the symptoms go away. If they do and you start eating the truvia again and the symptoms come back, this will answer the question for you. ...Read more

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What are adderal XR 15 mg uses side effects and risks also what complications could arise from long term use in treating adhd?

What are adderal XR 15 mg uses side effects and risks also what complications could arise from long term use in treating adhd?

Little 4 - Big 2: Side effects. 4: headache, stomache, insomnia, poor appetite, 2: bad mood swings or tics, motor nervous twitches. If the 4 occur they usually mild, and get better over time. Most patients dont have side effects. If you see anything you don't like be sure and talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are the heart related side effects or rebound effects of blood pressure meds permanent?

Are the heart related side effects or rebound effects of blood pressure meds permanent?

BP Meds: 1/ side effects of blood pressure meds (BPM) are usually transient and non-lasting. They will disappear upon discontinuation. 2/bpm do control and not cure high blood pressure... So when you discontinue pbm, blood pressure will return to previous levels. ...Read more

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What are some medications or treatments w/o life threatening side effects that can help someone stop smoking? Other than the e-cig and nicotine gum.

What are some medications or treatments w/o life threatening side effects that can help someone stop smoking? Other than the e-cig and nicotine gum.

Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy can break tobacco habits. It can make the use of the tobacco product aversive - even disgusting. That can cause social problems if those near you smoke, but it can work without that extreme an effect too. Here's a hint: the breathing pattern of smokers is actually good to continue - without the cigarette. It is good for you and stopping that is part for what makes it feel so bad. Best. ...Read more

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Are there side effects from stevia?

Are there side effects from stevia?

No problem: The artificial sweeteners are all pretty much interchangable from a medical standpoint. Pick which ever one tastes best to you. Some cannot be used in cooking. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Does taking prednisone eye drops have the same side effects like po prednisone? (Weight gain, blood sugar increase, insomnia, and irritability.)

Does taking prednisone eye drops have the same side effects like po prednisone? (Weight gain, blood sugar increase, insomnia, and irritability.)

Not likely: Normal eyedrop doses would result in vanishingly small doses of prednisone absorbed into the blood stream. They are not the source of the side effects you describe. ...Read more

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Could drinking beer be making my side effects from antibiotic worse?

Could drinking beer be making my side effects from antibiotic worse?

Probably: Some antibiotics interfere with metabolism of alcohol and cause side effects from that. ...Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners (Definition)

Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute that is suitable for diabetics. Some sweeteners contain aspartame, which some ...Read more