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What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives . Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What brand of laxatives work best?

What brand of laxatives work best?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What is the most effective women's laxative?

Laxative: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What are good homemade laxatives that are all natural?

Fiber: Fiber is the all natural laxative, whether it be in frutis( apples and pears are high in pectin)
grains, or supplement. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Black coffee a natural laxative?

Black coffee a natural laxative?

Yes: Coffee is indeed a natural laxative as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulator of smooth muscle, which is found throughout the intestines. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an effective, pain-free female laxative besides correctol?

Few options: Osmotic laxatives are the safest to use on a regular basis if needed and they are available by rx - lactulose, or otc - mom (milk of magnesia), miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stool softners eg. Colace or fiber supplements eg. Metamucil, benefiber may also help. You should be trying to eat 30 grams of fiber per day along with drinking 64+ ounces of water per day. Good luck! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is coconut water a natural laxative?

No: Coconut water is an effective electrolyte replacement and should not cause a laxative affect. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more