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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

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

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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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Can overdosing on OTC laxatives make you miscarry?

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

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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 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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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. Neigatha Graney
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