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Dr. Derek Skinner
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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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. You Sung Sang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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
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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. George Klauber
Board Certified, Pediatric Urology
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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.

Dr. George Klauber
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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.

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

Dr. Robert Cloud
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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? .

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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I can't poop if I go to my primary doctor what will they do tried fiber and over the counter by mouth laxatives?

Dr. Alvin Lin
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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 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

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Dr. Gregory Hines
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Are there any over-the-counter meds that act as a muscle relaxer?

Dr. Gregory Hines
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Laura Yauch
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What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

Dr. Laura Yauch
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Faiz Shakir
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10 years in practice
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