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Is Laxido A Stimulant Laxative
Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.
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
I took a stimulant laxative past 2 days. I take an anti depressant. Will the laxative effect the way my anti depressant works?
It should not: Assuming the antidepressant did not pass right through and had time to be absorbed (it should have) ...Read more
I'm having lower back pain on the left side quite often. Could it be due to my constant stimulant laxative use?
Have chronic constipation. Dr wants me to try Linzess but I would prefer Phillips non stimulant laxative twice a week. Is it safe to use regularly?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
Senna leaf: It is an herb which can taken as a tea. ...Read more
Can stimulant laxatives be taken once a week without causing dependence? Yes, I eat plenty of fiber, exercise, drink water, etc.
Laxatives: Occasional use as needed is ok.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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