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Fast Acting Laxative Over The Counter
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 (polyethylene glycol). 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
Magnesium Citrate: This over-the-counter medicine works fairly quickly and is fairly safe to take. ...Read more
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
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
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) doesn't 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
WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT KINDS OF OVER THE COUNTER SAFE MILD LAXATIVES I CAN TAKE WHILE IM PREGNANT? (17 WEEKS) IS MILK OF MAGNESIUM OR CITRATE OK?
Talk to your OB MD: When you are being treated by a OB MD, you should channel all of your questions regarding your health, medications and intake to them for continuity of your care. ...Read more
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? .
I can't poop if I go to my primary doctor what will they do tried fiber and over the counter by mouth laxatives?
Constipation: Fiber, fluids & exercise are great 1st line attempts to prevent and/or treat constipation. If over-the-counter stool softeners don't work, try laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or Polyethylene Glycol which we used to prescribe as bowel prep so you know it's got to be effective. There are several new meds to treat constipation but need to get checked out 1st by ur Family Doc for hypothyroidism etc ...Read more
Ok to use: It is ok to use this medication with birth control pills ...Read more
It depends on the: laxative I guess, but the answer lies in what you are doing with Azo to start with. Azo should not be taken for more than 2-3 days, as the acute infection improves. If you take Azo for more than that, like any other numbing agents, it does not work quite as well. No numbing or pain countering agents work 100% if you take it longer than you should, even if you still have pain. ...Read more
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 (tizanidine): 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?
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
I am on amplodipine and levothroxin I am wanting to take fertilaid is any herbs in this going to counter act with my medicines?
My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?
Very unlikely: Ursodiol gets it name from urso meaning bear. This is just another form of bile and allergic reactions are extremely unlikely. Ursodiol is mainly used to treat bile sludge and primary biliary cirrhosis. There is urso-forte alarger dose version of ursodiol. But there are no substitutes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer