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Best Otc Laxative
I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?
If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more
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
Possibly: Laxatives will not cause a miscarriage directly but the ongoing malnutrition that can follow can put the futus in danger of loss or malformation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer