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What is the best fast acting laxative?

What is the best fast acting laxative?

Laxatives: We do not endorse products here on health tap. Most over the counter medications for constipation, laxatives, are actually the same chemically or close to it. ...Read more

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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 ?

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

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

heme test stool
daily
dietary changes
3x day
stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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What are the best fast acting treatments for constipation (natural or otc)?

What are the best fast acting treatments for constipation (natural or otc)?

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

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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?

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?

Lubricant: COLACE is a lubricant that does that and is not likely to be habit forming (the stool and bowel motility do not get much worse than before after you stop it). ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

see your docotor
once
have colonoscopy and upper endoscpy
once
do not ignore blood in stool
daily
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I am in need of a relatively fast acting, strong laxative. What would you recommend?

Magnesium Citrate: This over-the-counter medicine works fairly quickly and is fairly safe to take. ...Read more

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Which is better to take, time released or fast acting pain medication?

Which is better to take, time released or fast acting pain medication?

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

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

See your doctor for a proper physical examination
once
A small amount of blood in your stool is not an emergency
daily
If older than 50 years, have some form of colon cancer screening
once
If dealing with hemorrhoids, increase the amount of water/fiber intake
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How long will it take to feel the effects of strattera? Is it fast acting?

How long will it take to feel the effects of strattera?  Is it fast acting?

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 more

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