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Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.

Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.

Yes: No harm in using it once a week or even more often if needed. IF you have renal disease be careful because magnesium can accumulate and causes magnesium intoxication. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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I'm having lower back pain on the left side quite often. Could it be due to my constant stimulant laxative use?

Why do you use lax?: Do you use laxatives because of back pain? You may need to modify your diet to minimize constipation. Increase fiber and water, minimize cheese and processed food. Definitely need to see a healthcare professional if things don't get better. ...Read more

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If I take a stimulant laxative at bedtime, will it interfere with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR in the morning?

If I take a stimulant laxative at bedtime, will it interfere with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR in the morning?

No.: Laxatives affect the large intestine (colon). Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a salt that gets absorbed mostly in the stomach and small intestine. Use of laxatives should have no effect at all on absorption of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or on its effects once absorbed. ...Read more

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Should my 3 year old still be having bowel movements 3 days after taking a stimulant laxative?

Should my 3 year old still be having bowel movements 3 days after taking a stimulant laxative?

Possibly: The problem with someone so you using bowel stimulants is that you never know what you're going to get. Toddler guys are not just little adult guts. Meds made for adults can have very different effects on kids, including prolonged effects. If child is having constipation issues, you really need to be using stool softener agents like Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) NOT a bowel stimulant. ...Read more

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Hello, I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. I took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

Hello, I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. I took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

Osmotic laxative: I suggest Miralax powder: this is an osmotic laxative (draws water into your bowel) to achieve a normal, smooth bowel movement. Most other laxatives sold over the counter are irritative or increase colon spasm (peristalsis). Increase your fluid intake to 8-10 glasses of electrolyte rich fluids: Powerade, G-, Vitamin water, sports drinks and fiber (cereals, bran, shredded wheat, fresh produce ...Read more

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Is stimulant laxatives bad for you?

Stimulant Laxatives: If used occasionally, as recommended by a doctor, and only as needed, should be ok. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take stimulant laxatives everyday?

No.: Generally, it is not good to use stimulant laxatives daily. Your body can become dependent on them to have a bowel movement and your colon may lose the ability to have spontaneous contractions in order to expel stool. ...Read more

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How do you reverse the effects of laxatives? I took 2 stimulant laxatives and didn't realize I didn't need them till after I took them.

How do you reverse the effects of laxatives? I took 2 stimulant laxatives and didn't realize I didn't need them till after I took them.

Time: One does not "reverse" the effects of laxatives, because they only work for a few hours or at most a day, and because they cause no permanent problem (just a few extra bathroom visits, perhaps crampy ones). That means their effects are short-lived, so no worries. ...Read more

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Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is over-the-counter and safe for long-term use for constipation. Make sure that the underlying cause of your constipation has however been evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Can frequent and excessive use of stimulant laxatives in a short time cause GI motility disorders?

Can frequent and excessive use of stimulant laxatives in a short time cause GI motility disorders?

Laxatives: Short answer is possibly as limited use should not cause severe problems. But if the underlying reason you are using stimulant laxative is a GI motility problem, then it might worsen that situation. Best to avoid frequent use and address underlying reasons for use. If it is related to an eating disorder, please get that addressed. ...Read more

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I know stimulant laxatives even laxatives in general have cautions against chronic use. Is it okay to take Senokot (senna) one day each week? If not, 1d/2wk?

Use with caution!: If you frequently use laxatives for weeks or months, they can decrease your colon's ability to contract and actually worsen constipation. You can use it 1/2 weeks, however, it is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use stimulant laxatives every day for a month for constipation?

Laxative Abuse: Nope. Absolutely not. This addiction is a common problem. The obsession is nearly debilitating in this addiction and one must get some control and healing so that they do not damage their gut, liver, or any other internal organ. ...Read more

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Can taking stimulant laxatives for constipation cause the the pylorus or the pylorus sphincter to spasam abnormally

Can taking stimulant laxatives for constipation cause the the pylorus or the pylorus sphincter to spasam abnormally

It's always possible: But hard to prove. It's likely to cause spasm of the fundus/ body of the stomach more than the sphincter. ...Read more

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Can using a lot of stimulant laxatives in short time for a short time due to IBS cause permanent motility problems working with my dr.

Not if used: For a short time and very infrequenty! Long term use will lead to much worse constipation. Try eating consistent amounts at consistent times each day and be sure to drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Eat a reasonable amount of fiber daily. This will usually resolve all of your "ibs" symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi, I have abused laxatives. (stimulant type). Will my doc know from a colonoscopy? Does this abuse cause Crohn's disease or result in stoma.

Hi, I have abused laxatives. (stimulant type). Will my doc know from a colonoscopy? Does this abuse cause Crohn's disease or result in stoma.

Usually not: By a colonoscopy we usually can't tell if you take too much laxatives, however in some people the colon becomes "black" from longterm laxative use (melanosis), but this is benign without clinical significance.
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My stomach is really sore. Is that common with stimulant laxatives?

Yes, pain is common: Why are you taking stimulant laxatives when there are so many good ways to maintain regularity. Did your doc recommend this for a particular problem? If not, I would speak to your doc about what you are using, how frequently, and why. ...Read more

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Does taking stimulant laxatives (like dulcolax pills) when not needed cause less calorie absorption from what you eat since it passes thru faster?

Does taking stimulant laxatives (like dulcolax pills) when not needed cause less calorie absorption from what you eat since it passes thru faster?

OMG!: I'm sorry, but you're mistaken/misguided. If you're often using stimulant laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated, are attempting weight loss, or are looking to "cleanse." Please reconsider & check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers & irritant laxatives, particularly when used casually & frequently. Save your health, and stop please! ...Read more

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I'm 16, addicted to stimulant laxatives. I take 20 a night, my parents don't know. How do I stop secretly without gaining weight or bloating? I'm scared

Dangerous 4 Health: I don't want to scare you off, but this is very dangerous for your health! This can cause imbalance with your electrolytes or "blood salts", heart, neurological problems, among other things. I am scared for you also! I want you to drum up the courage today to tell your family what is going on and ask them for help. This is urgent and something that can't wait. Otherwise, see a doc asap! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Use fiber: The ideal would be to eat your fiber in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, as well as to increase your intake of water to help with constipation. Then using stool softeners daily is fine (must drink water with those). Try not to take laxatives but those that simply add fiber and bulk are ok, such as miralax, metamucil, fibercon, citrucel, etc. Also ok is amitiza, (lubiprostone) by rx. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

AvoidSurgery, likely: End up with more problems: http://goo. Gl/Blh6rW. Physical activity & avoiding delays in evacuation (when slightest urge) typically most effective strategies. Agents which bind water, best above ground veggies (trial & error for which & how much daily required) next best. Mental issues (infancy on) always relevant though hidden except via symptoms. Trial of linaclotide might help for symptoms. ...Read more

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I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

If occasional: It doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Bayles
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