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Does Potassium Cause Constipation
I have chronically low potassium, i was perscribed miralax (polyethylene glycol) for chronic constipation. Will muralax cause electrolyte imblances?
Should be safe: Movicol contains some potassium but if you are constipated and they start to work monitor how much stools you are passing. If you have marked increase in diarrhea then you should be checked. You can take potassium rich foods but usually at your age one or two laxatives will not cause low potassium if you are on a good diet. If weakness, cramps, etc then check with your provider ...Read more
Is it safe to the 250mg each of magnesium and potassium while pregnant? I use it to relieve constipation versus Colace (docusate sodium) which is a Cat C drug.
Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.
Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe for long term use? I have chronic constipation and doc wants me to take miralax (polyethylene glycol) everyday. I also have chronically low potassium
Yes per your Doctor: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) increases the amount of water in your stool , making bowel movements easier/frequent.Use only as prescribe by your doctor.Max 34g/day. Pour the powder into the cap up to the marked line (the dose is about 1 heaping tablespoon (17gm) dissolve in 4-8 ounces water/ juice/coffee/tea/soda and drink. Common side effects gas, nausea. Report breathing problems/diarrhea/severe bloating/stomach pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone with chronically low potassium take stimulant laxatives occasionally for constipation? Should they drink orange juice with the lax?
Constipation/narcotics for mouth surgery. Low potassium 2.5/2.8. Diarrhea smell foul &on/off. Gas/ache in belly button sometimes, hernia?
I suffer from chronic headaches , constipation ,bloating and muscle cramps that often disturb my sleep. My serum sodium /pottasium is 133.3/3.38. ?
Low sodium: Your symptoms are nonspecific. Sodium level is borderline low. If a repeat test shows definite hyponatremia,it could explain some symptoms. The potassium level is normal, but recurrent muscle cramps may be caused by calcium and magnesium deficiencies as well as low sodium. I recommend an evaluation by an endocrinologist for diagnosis and,if needed, further testing and treatment. ...Read more
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