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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant.

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Whats the best laxative for men?

Whats the best laxative for men?

Various: Otc meds such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is a good laxative which retains fluid within stool. Best to find why constipation occurs, either functional i.E lack of fiber/water in diet or pathological.

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What brand of laxatives work best?

What brand of laxatives work best?

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Which brand of laxatives work best?

Which brand of laxatives work best?

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What are the best laxatives (strong) that I can purchase in canada? Thx.

What are the best laxatives (strong) that I can purchase in canada?  Thx.

Laxatives: Frequent use of (strong) laxatives is not advisable. Increasing dietary fiber (fruits, veggies, supplements) with plenty of water should normalize bowel movements. Using laxatives too much creates need for more & more use or stronger ones to get same effect. Stool softeners can also help the problem.

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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.

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Which is the best laxative without side effects?

Which is the best laxative without side effects?

What's your concern?: Are you seeking a short term fix for constipation, or a product that can be taken safely for a long time period (; for what indication)? What side effects concern you (there is no laxative that is without some)? What is the underlying cause of your bowel problem--i recommend that be addressed first (before you resort to self medication) so the correct approach or treatment can be started.

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What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

Not necessary: Intestinal tract normally cleans itself. Many people require laxatives or stool softners if bowels can not be regulated by diet alone. Various so called spa treatments, bowel "cleansing treatments" & high colonics etc. Vary from unnecessary to somewhat fraudulent. They only truly benefit those receiving payment. Don't ask the provider about benefits, they are biased & have mortgage payments.

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Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Constipation: Best initial therapy is fiber, (metamucil, konsyl, citrucel, benefiber), drinking more water (at least 1 liter per day) and exercise. If this does not work, see a physician.

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What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

Fluids: Drinking 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated non alcoholic fluid daily will correct most chronic constipation issues in 2-3 weeks, but you have to continue the regimen from that point on.

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What happens if an adult were to ingest children's laxatives would it make their poops smaller?

No: No. Children's laxatives are just laxatives at a smaller dose. It is still just a laxative. Probably have to take more of it to exert effect.

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What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

It's complicated!: Impaction has many causes; functional, anatomic, medication or diet-induced, so get checked first. Your doc may recommend fiber, gentle laxatives, even enemas after ruling out more severe problems but a thorough exam is necessary first!

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My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

No laxative: There is a huge difference between laxatives and stool softeners. First, increase the fiber in child's diet and how much water child drinks daily. If you have tried this and stool still hard, then stool softeners such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can be helpful. Steer clear of actual laxatives - these can cause more problems than they solve.

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Constipation on sertraline (4yrs) what is best laxative to take to elevate please?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): However, a thorough GI work up is indicated to rule out other causes of constipation, including other medications and over the counter preparations, especially antihistamines which can be very constipating and are present in many over the counter sleeping aids. In my experience i can't recall any patients with chronic constipation from sertraline. Irritable bowel, constipating type comes to mind.

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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).

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Do laxatives work against acne? Which is the best facewash gel and medicine for persistent acne?

Do laxatives work against acne? Which is the best facewash  gel and medicine for persistent acne?

Laxatives do not hel: I do not think there is a"best"acne wash for medicine. It varies from person to person which is best for them. Sometimes you have to try more than one till you find one that works for you. You need to see a dermatologist and start with one or two and see how it works out. Remember all acne medicine are meant to prevent pimples. They all take several weeks for maximum effectiveness.Good luck !

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I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

Things don't sit: Stuff doesn't sit around in the colon. If constipated, one needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too.