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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 (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

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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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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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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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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) 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

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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

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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? .

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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I can't poop if I go to my primary doctor what will they do tried fiber and over the counter by mouth 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

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So the laxative won't counter react with the Azo pill and not make it not work right?

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

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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 (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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Does Forskolin Extract act as a laxative?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...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 (escitalopram) side effects?

Can you tell me how to counter act my Lexapro (escitalopram) 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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I'm in estradot 25 ug. Can I take aspirin? Or it will just counter act its effect?

I'm in estradot 25 ug. Can I take aspirin? Or it will just counter act its effect?

Aspirin OK: There are no significant interactions between these medications. Aspirin will not reduce the effectiveness of the birth control. ...Read more

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My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

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 more

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