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Can i take cascara sagrada while pregnant?

No: Avoid taking this during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you need something for constipation, you can drink more water and increase your fiber intake. Increase your activity level. Sit on the toilet twice a day, preferably one hour after eating to stimulate your bowels. If that doesn't work, docusate is recommended for constipation in pregnancy. It's over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Can I take cascara with metformin?

Can I take cascara with metformin?

Sure: If metformin doesn't upset your stomach, cascara can, but is useful for a very irritating cathartic. ...Read more

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Cascara sagrada bark or miramax: which is better to take for a short period of time to get regular bm?

Cascara sagrada bark or miramax: which is better to take for a short period of time to get regular bm?

Quote from FDA: "This rule is effective November 5, 2002.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule stating that the stimulant laxative ingredients...cascara sagrada (including casanthranol, cascara fluid extract aromatic, cascara sagrada bark, cascara sagrada extract, and cascara sagrada fluidextract) in over-the-counter (OTC) drug products are not generally recognized as safe and effective." ...Read more

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I have constipated for 5+ yrs. Dr tell me IBS or eat more fiber. Eat plenty of fruits veg. I have been taking senna cascara for over a yr is ths bad?

I have constipated for 5+ yrs. Dr tell me IBS or eat more fiber.  Eat plenty of fruits veg. I have been taking senna cascara for over a yr is ths bad?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! senna cascara ios not good long term and causes melanosis coli which stains. ...Read more

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Birth control (ortho tri-cyclen lo) and cascara sagrada, which is a supplementof these have any dangerous side effects if I drink tomorrow night?

Birth control (ortho tri-cyclen lo) and cascara sagrada, which is a supplementof these have any dangerous side effects if I drink tomorrow night?

Diarrhea: Cascara sagrada is an herb that has laxative effects. Taking this with alcohol is likely to cause significant diarrhea. I dont think it will interfere with birth control pills unless you took it at the same time and your bowels flushed the pill through your system so fast that it couldnt get absorbed. Best not to take the cascara. ...Read more

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Chillies work as laxatives?

Chillies work as laxatives?

Some chillies,maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only possible answer is maybe. ...Read more

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