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Laxatives Not Working
Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.
Careful evaluation: If antidepressants are not working the first thing to do is to make sure that you are not dealing with one of the kinds of depression that doesn't respond to antidepressants (for instance, paranoid depression, or bipolar depression, etcetera). Also you want to be absolutely sure that there is not a medical disease that is causing or worsening your symptoms. ...Read more
Generally not: Alcohol in the bloodstream will interfere with leukocyte function, but there are few negative interactions with antibiotics that will likely interfere with their antimicrobial activity. Azole containing drugs like Metronidazole may produce very significant severe side-effects if alcohol is present in the blood. ...Read more
20 weeks pregnant and just had gallbladder surgery. So constipated. Is it safe to take an enema? Been taking colace (docusate sodium) and drinking juice. It's not helping.
Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?
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?
Im taking anti fungul medication can working out make it worse? If so, should I stop working out?
Shouldn't: You should be fine; remember to dry off thoroughly in case the moist areas promote fungal growth. ...Read more
I've taken laxatives, fiber pills, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colon cleansers and even enema and still have not had bowel movement. Do i go to the emergency?
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
It depends on the: laxative I guess, but the answer lies in what you are doing with Azo to start with. Azo should not be taken for more than 2-3 days, as the acute infection improves. If you take Azo for more than that, like any other numbing agents, it does not work quite as well. No numbing or pain countering agents work 100% if you take it longer than you should, even if you still have pain. ...Read more
6 days without bowel movement due to medications. Laxatives & prune juice aren't working. What should I do? (I am working away so can't see GP)
Stop the meditations: That seems to be the obvious choice ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What harm if any, can be done by taking hydroxycut max, garcinia cambogia , laxatives and diuretics daily? How long would it take
You need guidence: You are doing it yourself.You need to see a physician , dietitian and guidance .The way you are mixing up the otc supplements will end up with unforeseen results complications .My advise is reduce calories, exercise get a baseline evaluation with a medical professional .Do it in a healthy way. ...Read more
I've read that if taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) longer than 3 months, may cause the bowel to stop working on their own when not taking the product anymore..True?
Get evaluated: There are many causes for sleep problems but medical causes need to be ruled out, please see your pcp. Once that's cleared, sleep hygiene; sleep on the same time and get up at the same time, no caffeine or exercise or food two to three hours before sleep. One needs to think about anxiety or mood disorders evaluation too. Start with your pcp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: They are a scam and simply make money for unscrupulous practitioners. At least they are safer than the crazy schemes in which you eat/drink something awful that can land you in intensive care. Your liver cleans itself and doesn't need help. If you really care about your liver, drink alcohol only on special occasions if at all, and get back into a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more
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