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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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Stool Softener (Definition)

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What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

Not necessary: Intestinal tract normally cleans itself. Many people require laxatives or stool softners if bowels can not be regulated by diet alone. Various so called spa treatments, bowel "cleansing treatments" & high colonics etc. Vary from unnecessary to somewhat fraudulent. They only truly benefit those receiving payment. Don't ask the provider about benefits, they are biased & have mortgage payments. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

heme test stool
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dietary changes
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stool softener
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See your doctor
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Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy( they harder the stool) doesnt keep tou regular, then it's much better to take a daily laxative than to strain or not go for days. More importantly, if you haven't had a recent colonoscopies exam, you should have one to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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How effective are over-the-counter constipation medications? I have constipation and want to save money on treatment. How safe and effective are over-the-counter laxatives? .

Hello. : Hello. They can be quite effective. Drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water and try to eat 5 servings of vegetable and four servings to fruit per day to help avoid constipation. Move about every day - walking is fine. Try to avoid junk food. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

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have colonoscopy and upper endoscpy
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Are there any over-the-counter meds that act as a muscle relaxer?

Are there any over-the-counter meds that act as a muscle relaxer?

Tonic Water: Try drinking 2-3oz of schwepps tonic water and it will help with your cramps. You can find it at any grocery or liquor store. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

Docusate: Docusate (Colace) ia a safe OTC stool softener and may be used while nursing. I have attached a Mayo Clinic Website for additional information on breastfeeding and medication use. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-and-medications/art-20043975 ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

See your doctor for a proper physical examination
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A small amount of blood in your stool is not an emergency
daily
If older than 50 years, have some form of colon cancer screening
once
If dealing with hemorrhoids, increase the amount of water/fiber intake
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How much will my triglycerides drop if I quit drinking? Been socially over drinking for years. I am on tricor now. Will drinking once counter act all?

How much will my triglycerides drop if I quit drinking? Been socially over drinking for years. I am on tricor now. Will drinking once counter act all?

Hard to say: If your triglycerides are high enough that you have been prescribed medication, it would be better if you avoided alcohol entirely. One drink won't blow up your levels, but keep it to just 1. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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