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Do Fiber Gummies Work
I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?
Change meds: I believe that constipation is a common side effect of medications. When simple methods to manage these complications fail, altermative treatments should be sought. I would not recommend stronger laxatives as they may alter your colonic function, unless, of course, you have no alternative. ...Read more
You may.: It won't hurt you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more
Possibly: Each state differs some in what they allow food stamps to be used for. Fiber supplements and vitamins are likely to be allowable since they can improve and maintain overall health. Protein shakes offer benefit only in a select group of people, so unless you have documentation from a health care provider that they are indicated, food stamps may not be honored for them. ...Read more
Constipated. Fiber makes me bloated & gassy - no bowel movement. Take laxatives but doesn't work always. N e thing stronger? N e other way? I eat well
Hydration & Exercise: There are many reasons for relative constipation. Have your md review your current medications for constipation as side effect. Fiber (with enough water) very helpful, and you need to titrate up to full doses or you will get gassy. A healthy, fiber filled diet always good, and don't forget to drink more water. Regular exercise also excellent for getting those bowels moving. ...Read more
Sounds fine. : That combination sounds fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do not waste your $: Do not waste your time with "weight loss supplements". Green coffee beans, raspberry ketones, hoodia.. Are just the latest in a long line of overhyped fads. If you want to achieve weight loss, reduce your carbs to a bare minimum, drink only water, eat lots of low starch veggies and increase your activity levels. ...Read more
In moderation: The best way to get your proper vitamins and minerals is to eat a well balanced diet loaded with raw fruits and veggies. I know this is not always easy to do but i would use man made vitamins only if necessary. A diet rich in fish also gives you the necessary vitamin d and omega 3 that our bodies need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't drink much water,nor eat much fiber.My meals for most part are healthy-I have some veggies/fruit too but take Docusate Sodium daily w/IBS. Bad?
IBS: IF that is working for you with you IBS, then I say , yay. Go for it. ...Read more
Dandelion root tea or miralax (polyethylene glycol) every night for constipation? Do they both work effectively?
For constipation: try Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortable bowel movement (BM) the next day, take 4 tablets the next night. You can continue to increase the dose by 2 tablets every night until it works (up to 16). It is safe and effective to continue taking the dose that works for you every night. ...Read more
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