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

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. You Sung Sang
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I am in need of a relatively fast acting, strong laxative. What would you recommend?

Magnesium Citrate: This over-the-counter medicine works fairly quickly and is fairly safe to take. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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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 ?

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

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?

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?

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
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Is clear insulin fast-acting? How long until its effects kick in?

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
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What is a fast acting anxiety medication that is not a benzo?

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. Harry Aronowitz
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Fast acting OTC pain meds for toothache?

Fast acting OTC pain meds for toothache?

OK, but: it will only give you some comfort until you can get to a dentist ...Read more

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