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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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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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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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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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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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Iam getting withdrawal from the medication zenaflex is there's a medicine to counter act the withdrawl symptoms ? It's extremely painful and my goal is to get off of this med completely

Iam getting withdrawal from the medication zenaflex is there's a medicine to counter act the withdrawl symptoms ? It's extremely painful and my goal is to get off of this med completely

Zanaflex: if you have been on high doses of this medication abrupt withdrawal may cause side effects. You need to taper off of the medication. I suggest you return to your prescribing physician and describe what symptoms you are having. Work with him/her to mitigate the symptoms you are having as you reduce and eventually stop this medication. ...Read more

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Would blocking out certain sentences and words, even PUNTUACTION, that are "annoying" to others help me to counter-act an active thought disorder?

Would blocking out certain sentences and words, even PUNTUACTION, that are "annoying" to others help me to counter-act an active thought disorder?

A thought disorder:: A disturbance in one’s ability to generate a logical sequence of ideas, as indicated by disordered speech and/or writing. It may reflect a mental disorder which would require evaluation. If others are annoyed by your speech ask someone you trust to clarify what is annoying and then consider adjusting. If you are disturbed by your thoughts, seek evaluation. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to counter act my Lexapro side effects?

Can you tell me how to counter act my Lexapro side effects?

Can't: The nausea and headahces early on in treatment the first few days to a week should go away on their own, but vivid dreaming, sexual side effects, and increased appetite may not go away. You can exercise and be mindful of your eating to decrease the likelihood of weight gain. ...Read more

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