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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Laxative (Definition)

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Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Coffee = irritant: In susceptible individuals, coffee can produce laxative effects within 4 minutes of drinking it. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee do the same thing. It's actually an irritant, stimulating hypersecretion of gastric acids; it also speeds up gastric emptying so that acidic gastric contents get dumped into the intestine too soon. Using coffee as laxative exposes you to all this and more. ...Read more

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Why is coffee such a good laxative?

Why is coffee such a good laxative?

Coffee as laxative: Not in everyone! the warm liquid filling the stomach helps the caffeine helps and if you are eating with coffee in the morning it may be the food as well coffee is also a diuretic and will make you urinate as well. ...Read more

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Is caffeine intake unhealthy for a fetus?

Is caffeine intake unhealthy for a fetus?

See below: Essentially anything the mother takes in the baby will be exposed to. Caffeine in moderation, as with all things, should be okay. Talk to your OB doctor if you need more information. ...Read more

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Is pepermint a diuretic?

Is pepermint a diuretic?

No.: Peppermint oil via enteric-coated preparations is used in irritable bowel syndrome. A formula containing menthol ; terpenes helps dissolve gallstones. Menthol ; peppermint oil applied on the upper chest during rest eases breathing during colds. Peppermint tea contains polyphenols with antiviral activity. Menthol cream/ ointment can be used in inflammatory conditions of the musculo-skeletal system. ...Read more

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Is curcumin a stimulant?

Is curcumin a stimulant?

Yes.: Curcumin is the basic ingredient in turmeric which is a spice used in curries. Some studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties. However, it can be a mild stimulant and cause premature contractions in pregnant women at high doses. ...Read more

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Is heroin a stimulant or a depressant?

Is heroin a stimulant or a depressant?

Depressant: While all opioids (drugs like opiates - heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Methadone etc) are depressants, in people who are dependent on them, they are also often energizing. People in withdrawal are often very tired and lethargic, and getting more opioid may make them more stimulated and awake. Long-term withdrawal from heroin is often marked with severe low energy, fatigue and depression. ...Read more

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Is orlistat a stimulant?

no : Orlistat helps with losing weight by blocking the absorption of some fats. This can cause diarrhea and weight loss, since you are absorbing less of what you eat. ...Read more

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Is sugar-free gum (with laxative affects when overused) considered a laxative?

Is sugar-free gum (with laxative affects when overused) considered a laxative?

Yes: Sugar free gum with sorbitol can have a laxative effect. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol which is poorly absorbed and in sufficient does has a laxative effect. It can be prescribed as a laxative.**Diabetic patients should avoid sorbitol because elevated sorbitol levels, which occur with hyperglycemia, are implicated as a factor causing diabetic vascular disease, including kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is drinking tea harmful for a patient of pcos as it contains caffeine?

Is drinking tea harmful for a patient of  pcos as it contains caffeine?

No: The studies of caffeine and pregnancy have not been conclusive of effect. We recommend to limit caffeine intake to 1-2 drinks per day. Besides coffee and tea you have to be mindful of the caffeine in sodas as well as energy drinks and chocolate. ...Read more

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Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can become very ill and confused --even obtunded -- when these waste products build up. ...Read more

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Why is codeine a stimulant?

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Why is codeine a stimulant?

No: Codeine is a narcotic and is used for moderate to severe pain. It is not a stimulant. ...Read more

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Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Constipated. Stool the size of a cigarette. Is it safe to use a laxative such as Dulcolsx?

Laxatives: It is preferable to avoid laxatives and instead increase daily fluid intake, increase your daily intake of fiber(you could also take metamucil). If you still have hard stools, take a daily stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). If still sluggish take something like senokot(has softener and gentle stimulant) daily. Reserve dulcolax only if you have no urge at all to move your bowels, but avoid daily laxatives ...Read more

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Is meth a stimulant?

Yes: Methamphetamine is a stimulant, it is thought to block the reuptake and increase the release of norepinephrine and Dopamine into the extraneuronal space. ...Read more

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Is heroin a depressant or stimulant?

Is heroin a depressant or stimulant?

Depressant: Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. It slows down brain function and respiratory activity. Body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure drop. Heart rate can become irregular. The person may lapse into a coma or die in overdose. ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...Read more

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What is a stimulant?

Drug?: Stimulants temporarily increase mental/physical functions. Most are addictive and can do damage to various organs if used long-term or in excess. Here's a lot of info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimulant Be careful. They warning that "Speed Kills" was based on facts. ...Read more