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If under the care of a doctor is taking a laxative daily okay?

If under the care of a doctor is taking a laxative daily okay?

Yes, know the drug.: Polyethylene glycol is absolutely safe to take indefinitely with supervision. Other laxatives, such as stimulants are not recommended for prolonged use as they can lead to dependence. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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How do doctors treat laxative and enema dependency?

How do doctors treat laxative and enema dependency?

Depends on cause: Laxative dependency develops for lots of reasons: 1) desire for rapid weight loss/ eating disorders; 2) reduction of GI symptoms of bloating/fullness; 3) in the setting of colon & rectal dysfunction (e.g. Colonic inertia, rectal dyssynergia, spinal cord injuries); 4) a misguided sense that "cleansing" in good for you; 5) more... First, fix/ address the underlying problem. 2nd, stop otc laxatives. ...Read more

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I was told by doctors on here to stop taking laxatives. And now my poop is incomplete. It feels like i need to push more out, but it wont come out?

I was told by doctors on here to stop taking laxatives. And now my poop is incomplete. It feels like i need to push more out, but it wont come out?

Fiber: It's not a good idea to take most laxatives on a regular basis. However, psyllium-containing fiber supplements (e.g. Metamucil, citrucel, fibercon) are safe to take on a regular basis. If increasing the fiber content of your diet doesn't help, you could try one of those. ...Read more

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For constipation, Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

For constipation, 
Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

Common things...: I often recommend a daily regimen of a fiber laxative such as Benefiber (R) taken twice daily with a cathartic such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (R) taken at bedtime on the days that the person hasn't had a bowel movement. This has to be started AFTER doing a bowel cleanse such as might be done prior to a colonoscopy. If constipation is a chronic issue, despite the above, then a colonoscopy might be appropriate. ...Read more

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What can be used as enemas, and when would a doctor prefer an enema over the usual laxatives?

What can be used as enemas, and when would a doctor prefer an enema over the usual laxatives?

Almost any liquid: In fact, you can fed fed via enemas; this was common before we invented IV nutrition (parenteral nutrition). Enemas are very useful when the constipation is so bad it is making you vomit; laxatives just don't reach the colon when it's that bad. ...Read more

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How do you consume epsom salts for a laxative? I hate going to the doctor can someone recommend a home cure?

How about : Something even simpler like eating prunes or drinking prune juice. Hydrate well. Go for at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Stay physically active. Avoid junk carbs and go for whole grains. Go easy on dairy. Strive for 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day. ...Read more

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Ive taken 2 laxative tablets, 3 shots of laxalose and citrafleet and nothing yet, 6 days since last BMI, should i call my doc?

Ive taken 2 laxative tablets, 3 shots of laxalose and citrafleet and nothing yet, 6 days since last BMI, should i call my doc?

Time for a call: Your judgement is good. At this point a phone call makes sense. But stay close to a toilet as the dam could break at any moment! ...Read more

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Can I prep for a colonoscopy with a salt water flush instead of the doctor recommended laxatives?

Can I prep for a colonoscopy with a salt water flush instead of the doctor recommended laxatives?

Standard prep: Study is only as good as preparation. It's important the colon be as clean as possible so as not to hide small lesions or vascular malformations. Each endoscopist has his favored prep. Saline enema would be inadequate. ...Read more

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