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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Cascara (Definition)

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician. ...Read more

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What are senna laxatives?

What are senna laxatives?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. ...Read more

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Does senokot (senna) work?

What are you asking?: The short answer is "yes", but really what are you asking? What is your intended indication for the product--improved stooling, weight reduction, reduced distension, etc? Also, remember, no medication is without some side effects. Best to check with your doctor who knows you best with regard to any medical limitation you may have or if any drug may be contraindicated in your particular case. ...Read more

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Could i take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and an herbal laxative?

What kind of herbal?: There are so many herbal products in the market, which are not fda approved. It is not very clear about the drug interaction that may happen. You may take fibers supplement, plenty of fluid as part of your daily diet. Prune juice may works for some. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...Read more

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Is magnesium stearate a laxative?

No: Magnesium stearate is an additive to meds/supplements used to ease/make cheaper their production (actually makes the supplement less effective b/c it decreases absorption of the nutrient in your intestines. Magnesium citrate is a laxative. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Yes: But any meds you may want to take , you should ask your OB as your OB may want you to use something else. ...Read more

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Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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