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Best Fast Acting Laxative
I had a back surgery and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?
Constipation: There are several options. I usually tell my pts to take a bottle of magnesium citrate to help initially. Then start a daily regimen of Miralax. Also increase your fluids and fiber in your diet. If you drink the magnesium citrate and don't have a bowel movement you need to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
Lot;, what's "best"?: Lots of laxatives work fast. What do you mean by "best"?Safe? Active? Occasional or more often use? Why are you constipated? Diet? Inactivity? Lack fluids? Meds? Disease? Stimulants, e.G senna, cascara, bisacodyl, aloe-work fast, crampy. Minerals/saline-magnesium in various forms, phosphate-work fast, can screw up chemistries enemas: (no soap suds) nonabsorbables e.g. Miralax, slower. ...Read more
What is the best fast laxative to soften your stool that you don't have to struggle to expel? Making it very soft but not too watery?
Magnesium Citrate: This over-the-counter medicine works fairly quickly and is fairly safe to take. ...Read more
Short acting or long: This really depends on whether you have acute or chronic pain. In general short acting meds are used for acute short duration pain that not long lasting. Long acting meds in general are used for long term longstanding pain. ...Read more
Not a stimulant: Strattera definitely not fast acting, often taking several weeks to affects adhd symptoms. It must be taken daily, and the dose may need to be raised slowly to minimize se. However, when it does work, it provides 24-hour coverage of adhd symptoms and benefits can continue to build for 6 weeks or longer. Sadly, it does not work as often as stimulants; but, when it does, it can be a real boon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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