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Dr. Robert Killian
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What is the best fast acting laxative?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
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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

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. You Sung Sang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
26 years in practice
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I am in need of a relatively fast acting, strong laxative. What would you recommend?

Dr. You Sung Sang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
26 years in practice
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Magnesium Citrate: This over-the-counter medicine works fairly quickly and is fairly safe to take. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Derek Skinner
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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I had a back surgery and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?

Dr. Derek Skinner
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I had a back surgery  and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?

Constipation: There are several options. I usually tell my pts to take a bottle of magnesium citrate to help initially. Then start a daily regimen of Miralax. Also increase your fluids and fiber in your diet. If you drink the magnesium citrate and don't have a bowel movement you need to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Does Forskolin Extract act as a laxative?

Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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If i eat a lot of oranges could that act as a laxative? Or make constipation worse?

Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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If i eat a lot of oranges could that act as a laxative? Or make constipation worse?

Probably should: act as a laxative because of a lot of fiber in it. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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What are the best fast acting treatments for constipation (natural or otc)?

Dr. Arthur Heller
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What are the best fast acting treatments for constipation (natural or otc)?

Lot;, what's "best"?: Lots of laxatives work fast. What do you mean by "best"?Safe? Active? Occasional or more often use? Why are you constipated? Diet? Inactivity? Lack fluids? Meds? Disease? Stimulants, e.G senna, cascara, bisacodyl, aloe-work fast, crampy. Minerals/saline-magnesium in various forms, phosphate-work fast, can screw up chemistries enemas: (no soap suds) nonabsorbables e.g. Miralax, slower. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Which is better to take, time released or fast acting pain medication?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Board Certified, Pain Management
34 years in practice
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Which is better to take, time released or fast acting pain medication?

Short acting or long: This really depends on whether you have acute or chronic pain. In general short acting meds are used for acute short duration pain that not long lasting. Long acting meds in general are used for long term longstanding pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Glen Elliott
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How long will it take to feel the effects of strattera? Is it fast acting?

Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
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How long will it take to feel the effects of strattera?  Is it fast acting?

Not a stimulant: Strattera definitely not fast acting, often taking several weeks to affects adhd symptoms. It must be taken daily, and the dose may need to be raised slowly to minimize se. However, when it does work, it provides 24-hour coverage of adhd symptoms and benefits can continue to build for 6 weeks or longer. Sadly, it does not work as often as stimulants; but, when it does, it can be a real boon. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
Board Certified, Endocrinology
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Is clear insulin fast-acting? How long until its effects kick in?

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
Board Certified, Endocrinology
46 years in practice
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Is clear insulin fast-acting? How long until its effects kick in?

Fast acting: I would need much more information before I could answer. Happy to help with more info but your doctor should be able to answer your question over the phone. ...Read more

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Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Board Certified, Pharmacology
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What is a fast acting anxiety medication that is not a benzo?

Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Board Certified, Pharmacology
35 years in practice
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What is a fast acting anxiety medication that is not a benzo?

Buspirone: Buspar (buspirone) is a non- benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication and would be a good alternative for a fast acting anti-anxiety med outside of the benzo class. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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