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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

Dr. James Dukelow
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Does Forskolin Extract act as a laxative?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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How quickly does breastmilk act as a laxative to a newborn of nearly 4 weeks? Or did me rubbing his belly help him excrete stools?

How quickly does breastmilk act as a laxative to a newborn of nearly 4 weeks? Or did me rubbing his belly help him excrete stools?

Neither: Breast feeding acts as a reflex enterogastric that stimulates bowel and intestinal motility
breast milk has lactose and a smaller granule of casein so the stools are lose and seedy ...Read more

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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, (polyethylene glycol) slower. ...Read more

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Best alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) for treating depression/anxiety/OCD? I'm currently on 15 mg (have been off and on for a while) and want something more fast acting? Would love to propose something new to my psychiatrist.

Best alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) for treating depression/anxiety/OCD? I'm currently on 15 mg (have been off and on for a while) and want something more fast acting? Would love to propose something new to my psychiatrist.

Let shrink propose: I appreciate your proactive interest in your therapy but you should discuss how you are doing and let your psychiatrist propose alterations in your medications. The SSRIs take 4-6 weeks to reach effectiveness. Sometimes the dosages have to be adjusted. There are also alternative types of medications ...Read more

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Is Paxil (paroxetine) fast acting?

Is Paxil (paroxetine) fast acting?

Not especially: All antidepressants including Paxil (paroxetine) need 4-6 weeks' consistent dosing for therapeutic effect. You may see some benefit before then, but it would not yet be a full trial. ...Read more

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Fast acting OTC pain meds for toothache?

Fast acting OTC pain meds for toothache?

OK, but: It will only give you some comfort until you can get to a dentist ...Read more

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Are there any fast acting home remedies for a uti?

Are there any fast acting home remedies for a uti?

+/-: You can try cranberry juice (but not if on warfarin). Because people have variable responses to cranberry juice - I recommend that you receive antibiotics through your doctor. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Anxiety Meds: Fast acting are benzodiazepines ativan, klonopin, xanax.Long acting are ssri prozac, zoloft, celexa, Lexapro Buspar (buspirone) and new gen Cymbalta etc. Best is to have a baseline stable meds and not just use as needed meds. Get a consultation with a psychiatrist to get better recommendations and treatment and don't live with a disabling anxiety. ...Read more

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Are OTC asthma pills fast acting and effective? How long does it take to kick in?

Are OTC asthma pills fast acting and effective? How long does it take to kick in?

No effective OTC med: Asthma is a disease of airway inflammation. There are no otc medications that treat airway inflammation. Some otc meds for asthma are actually dangerous because it would mask underlying serious problems. You should see an allergist or pulmonilogist for proper care if you have wheezes or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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

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

Not a stimulant: Strattera (atomoxetine) 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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What is a fast acting anxiety medication that is not a benzo?

What is a fast acting anxiety medication that is not a benzo?

Buspirone: Buspar (buspirone) is a non- benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication and would be a good alternative for a fast acting anti-anxiety med outside of the benzo class. ...Read more

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Is clear insulin fast-acting? How long until its effects kick in?

Is clear insulin fast-acting? How long until its effects kick in?

Fast acting: I would need much more information before I could answer. Happy to help with more info but your doctor should be able to answer your question over the phone. ...Read more

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What is a fast-acting cough medicine?

What is a fast-acting cough medicine?

Remedy: A good remedy for coughing is honey (buckwheat is good choice) with lemon juice added to Chamomile tea or ginger tea. For an uncooperative coughBenzonatate can be effective. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic back pain, need some fast-acting relief methods?

Help! I've been having chronic back pain, need some fast-acting relief methods?

Find cause: Back pain can be due to many causes, and treatment is far more efficient if underlying mechanism is understood. Generically, many back conditions respond to stretching and exercise programs, and a physical therapies can teach. NSAID's have classically helped many back pain sufferers. ...Read more

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Can I mix seroquel (quetiapine) extended realese with the fast acting seroquel (quetiapine)??

Can I mix seroquel (quetiapine) extended realese with the fast acting seroquel (quetiapine)??

Yes.: Yes, but talk to your doctor first. I'm not sure what your rationale for combining regular with the extended release, but I could think of a few reasons that might make sense for some patients (taking advantage of different half-lives at different times allowing for varying duration of effects depending on time of day etc). ...Read more

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I Suffer From Panic Disorder. Is Their Other Fast Acting Alternatives Besides Benzos? I Need Help And I'm Very Sensitive To Medication.

I Suffer From Panic Disorder. Is Their Other Fast Acting Alternatives Besides Benzos? I Need Help And I'm Very Sensitive To Medication.

Panic attack: Hi, the best way is to see a psychiatrist and discuss your options including medical & CBT (cognitive behavioral treatment). You might need adjustment of your Zoloft (sertraline) to decrease the frequency of the panic attack. ...Read more

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MY KID SUFFERING FROM CONSTIPATION, NORMALLY HE FOLLOWS REGULAR PATTERN BPLZ. SUGGEST FAST ACTING REMEDY, SO MINIMIZE MY KIDS DISCOMFORT?

MY KID SUFFERING FROM CONSTIPATION, NORMALLY HE FOLLOWS REGULAR PATTERN BPLZ. SUGGEST FAST ACTING REMEDY, SO MINIMIZE MY KIDS DISCOMFORT?

Dietary Changes: Child's age unknown which makes it difficult to be specific. Constipation occurs from inadequate dietary fiber & water, also toddlers & children delay defecation (too busy playing etc.). For age 2 yrs & older should increase fresh fruit/vegetables, beans, whole grains. Daily fiber intake = child's age in yrs plus 5 gms/day. Offer minimum 32 oz water daily. See your doctor if child under age 2 yrs. ...Read more

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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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Can I crush the fast acting add/adhd tablet if my child won't swallow it?

Can I crush the fast acting add/adhd tablet if my child won't swallow it?

It Depends: The answer absolutely depends upon the preparation and which medication. Some meds are able to be sprinkled. Some cannot. Some can not be crushed. This can not be answered except by your doctor or pharmacist for your specific medication. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take slow release and fast acting morphine with gabapentin.

If prescribed.: Yes, it is, as long as it has been prescribed. You may feel extra sedated with the combination so be careful waking and do not operate any dangerous machinery or drive until your doctor has given you clearance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my testiculs, which is red hot and sometimes itchy. Can I suggest any fast acting creams.

I have a rash on my testiculs, which is red hot and sometimes itchy. Can I suggest any fast acting creams.

Red and Itching rash: Any anti-fungal product available at the drug store should be fine for this. If you do not get relief that way then please see your family doctor. ...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 (docusate sodium) 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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I have hyperpigmention around my mouth and on the side of my far for 10 years now I'm 18 and I need a fast acting product to make this go awat HELP?

I have hyperpigmention around my mouth and on the side of my far for 10 years now I'm 18 and I need a fast acting product to make this go awat HELP?

No quick fix: You must consult a dermatologist for evaluation and to rule out underlying medical or skin issues- there is no quick fix. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are fast-acting inhalers that are safe for people with high blood pressure?

Can you tell me if there are fast-acting inhalers that are safe for people with high blood pressure?

Xopenex (levalbuterol): Xopenex (levalbuterol) is a type of inhaler which was designed to stimulate the heart less than with standard albuterol which can make the heart rate increase. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are the fast acting home remedy I need to use to cure this horrible tooth pain I'm having?

Till U get 2 dentist: If you don't have swelling and are otherwise in generally good health, you can take 600 mg (3x200mg) Ibuprofen (motrin/advil) and 2x500mg of tylenol, (acetaminophen) together. You can take up to four doses as needed for pain. However, you should plan to see your dentist asap as I would not recommend for you to be taking this medication for a long time if you have swelling or fever, you need to take an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) fast acting then citalopram? Would Prozac (fluoxetine) cause less side effects then the citalopram?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) fast acting then citalopram? Would Prozac (fluoxetine) cause less side effects then the citalopram?

NO: Prozac (fluoxetine) is not faster or slower acting than any other antidepressant. They all take about the same amount of time. There is no quick fix. ...Read more