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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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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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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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How quickly does breastmilk act as a laxative to a newborn of nearly 4 weeks? or did me rubbing his belly help him excrete stools?

How quickly does breastmilk act as a laxative to a newborn of nearly 4 weeks? or did me rubbing his belly help him excrete stools?

Neither: breast feeding acts as a reflex enterogastric that stimulates bowel and intestinal motility breast milk has lactose and a smaller granule of casein so the stools are lose and seedy ...Read more

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Is Paxil (paroxetine) fast acting?

Is Paxil (paroxetine) fast acting?

Not especially: All antidepressants including Paxil (paroxetine) need 4-6 weeks' consistent dosing for therapeutic effect. You may see some benefit before then, but it would not yet be a full trial. ...Read more

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Are there any fast acting home remedies for a uti?

Are there any fast acting home remedies for a uti?

+/-: You can try cranberry juice (but not if on warfarin). Because people have variable responses to cranberry juice - i recommend that you receive antibiotics through your doctor. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Anxiety Meds: Fast acting are benzodiazepines ativan, klonopin, xanax.Long acting are ssri prozac, zoloft, celexa, Lexapro Buspar (buspirone) and new gen Cymbalta etc.Best is to have a baseline stable meds and not just use as needed meds. Get a consultation with a psychiatrist to get better recommendations and treatment and don't live with a disabling anxiety. ...Read more