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WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT KINDS OF OVER THE COUNTER SAFE MILD LAXATIVES I CAN TAKE WHILE IM PREGNANT? (17 WEEKS) IS MILK OF MAGNESIUM OR CITRATE OK?

WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENT KINDS OF OVER THE COUNTER SAFE MILD LAXATIVES I CAN TAKE WHILE IM PREGNANT? (17 WEEKS) IS MILK OF MAGNESIUM OR CITRATE OK?

Talk to your OB MD: When you are being treated by a OB MD, you should channel all of your questions regarding your health, medications and intake to them for continuity of your care. ...Read more

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I had an appendectomy 7days i have not had a bowel movement for 10 days I'm on an all liquid diet as requested by gp/taken mild laxatives not helping?

I had an appendectomy 7days i have not had a bowel movement for 10 days I'm on an all liquid diet as requested by gp/taken mild laxatives not helping?

Post Op Complication: You are having a post operative complication. It is inappropriate to be seeking care for the complication from any physician other than the surgeon. Surgeon's must be informed of complications so that they can correct the problem before complications worsen. Please contact your surgeon. You were given written and verbal instructions to take home after surgery on how to do this. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old .I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year .I have constipation and I use laxative .How i treat that ?What drug prescript?

I am 23 years old .I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year .I have constipation and I use laxative .How i treat that ?What drug prescript?

Avoid constipation: Hemorrhoids are exacerbated by constipation and the "pushing" necessary. Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to keep stools soft. Most fissures will heal with a topical cream./ if not, surgery can help. See a doc. ...Read more

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I'm not eating much and taking laxatives. I did ketone urine test. I think its between mild and moderate. I'm not diabetic. Is this result ok?

I'm not eating much and taking laxatives. I did ketone urine test. I think its between mild and moderate. I'm not diabetic. Is this result ok?

Not: The problem to me is why you are not eating much & why you are regularly taking laxatives. You should seriously see a clinician who can evaluate this. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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For someone with mild milk intolerance, after drinking milk for years causing laxative effect, would it become habit-forming? What about lactulose?

For someone with mild milk intolerance, after drinking milk for years causing laxative effect, would it become habit-forming? What about lactulose?

Lactose intolerance: You do not have the enzyme (lactase) to break down the lactose sugar in milk and thereby the bacteria in your gut have a field day fermenting the sugar and producing the gas and diarrhea. Try lactaid milk or take a couple of lactase tab before drinking milk. Yogurt and cheese however have very little lactose in general. ...Read more

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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more

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Chillies work as laxatives?

Some chillies,maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only possible answer is maybe. ...Read more

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What is the mildest laxative?

Laxative: I would argue that the mildest laxative is either drinking plenty of water or eating plenty of fresh fruits. Daily use of laxatives is not recommended without the oversight of a physician. Fiber supplements and low-dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder are two other "mild" alternatives. ...Read more

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How often can I use laxatives?

Not recommended: If you have to use laxatives on a regular basis you should see your doctor for alternative treatments as your colon can become laxative dependant. ...Read more

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Are laxative bad for the body?

Can be: Used occasionally, laxative are not a problem. If you use them regularly, you can damage your colon. ...Read more

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Can i take laxatives at age 16?

I certainly would: Not encourage it if the purpose was desired weight loss. Occasional laxative use for constipation that is not responding to hydration, dietary fiber, exercise and healthy nutrition may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Whats the best laxative for men?

Whats the best laxative for men?

Various: Otc meds such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is a good laxative which retains fluid within stool. Best to find why constipation occurs, either functional i.E lack of fiber/water in diet or pathological. ...Read more

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Is taking laxatives bad for you?

Laxatives: Laxatives, like all medications are very useful if taken as directed. Laxatives are generally intended for short term use unless you have some chronic GI condition. It should be noted that it is possible to develop a psychological habituation to laxatives. ...Read more

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Is use of laxative habit-forming?

Yes: It is. In the sense laxatives may reduce the bowel's normal activity. This can result in worsening constipation. ...Read more