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Laxative (Definition)

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Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Not occassionally: But harsh laxatives like exlax , dulcolax, magnesium citrate, correctol can cause severe problems. Stay on a liquid diet, take mineral oil and/or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) until blockage is resolved. ...Read more

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Is hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) a common cause of pancreatitis type symptoms? 25 mg daily. Occasional upper mild stomach burning with food, mild cramps, mild constipation.

Is hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) a common cause of pancreatitis type symptoms? 25 mg daily. Occasional upper mild stomach burning with food, mild cramps, mild constipation.

Not pancreatitis: What you describe are not symptoms of pancreatitis. HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) can definitely cause abdominal discomfort and constipation. Talk to your doctor about the fact that you feel you are experiencing side effects from HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide). ...Read more

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Can laxative abuse or over use of laxative cause colitis.?

Can laxative abuse or over use of laxative cause colitis.?

Yes: Why laxatives have to be abused, first cause of the constipation is to be determined by your physician , by exam and tests including colonoscopy for malignancy , anorectal motility studies.Some laxatives that stimulate the colon like seneca etc by constant stimulation colonic mucosa will be damaged permanently and may result colitis. ...Read more

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Is chronic constipation (daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) frequent senna, glyc. Supp's aren't enough. Enemas needed often) in toddlers considered a Motility issue?

Is chronic constipation (daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) frequent senna, glyc. Supp's aren't enough. Enemas needed often) in 
toddlers considered a Motility issue?

Stool retention: This is more an accident than a motility issue. When/if the kid decides one day not to poop, and the next day has a hard painful stool, they may try to stop having them. Over time stool retention causes physical changes in the large bowel causing poor emptying. Parents try short treatments that fail & the problem continues. This often requires a developmental ped or pedi GI working for a year . ...Read more

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Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Better BM's: It would seem you dr is trying to help make your bowel movements less hard.I agree with this approach.Add fiber from foods like whole grain cereals and fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Does miralax (polyethylene glycol) work with medication constipation?

Dose-dependent: The more MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) you take the faster it works. As a once over-the-counter dosed laxative you may not see results for 3-4 days, but as a multi-dosed colonoscopy preparation (when used under doctor's advice) expect laxation within hours. As with any laxative however understand its mechanism of action, its risks, & treatment goals & make sure you are not missing obstruction, dysmotility, inflammation ...Read more

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Is Dulcolax compatible with fleet saline enema?

Is Dulcolax compatible with fleet saline enema?

Yes: They can be used together if the dulcolax is a tablet. If it is a suppository, you should wait to see if it works before using the enema, as it would obviously wash out an unused suppository. ...Read more

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Chronic impactions and constipation bc of long term opioid use, tried miralax, (polyethylene glycol) lactulose, no help. How's methylnaltrexone?

Chronic impactions and constipation bc of long term opioid use, tried miralax, (polyethylene glycol) lactulose, no help.  How's methylnaltrexone?

Get help: Methylnaltrexone is part of the answer. You'll also need medical support and counselling to successfully and permanently come off the opiates. ...Read more

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6yo. Mild diarrhea, bluish/green poop, mild tummy pain normal appetite ?

6yo. Mild diarrhea, bluish/green poop, mild tummy pain normal appetite ?

Food?: Did she happen by chance to eat something that was bluish/green in color?? Sometimes our bowel movements or diarrhea can be the same color as what we ate or what is making us sick in the first place. Or it could just be the nature of the virus or bacteria she caught that's causing the diarrhea. If she's eating normally and taking fluids well, I wouldn't worry too much. Just keep her hydrated well. ...Read more

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Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Work differently,: However, i how found sodium picosulfate to be stronger. This can be used for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy prep. Lactulose is an osmotic laxative and tends to cause more bloating and is not quite as effective as evacuating the colon. ...Read more

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Severe constipation after gastroenteritis, help?

Severe constipation after gastroenteritis, help?

Constipation: Start over the counter stool softeners. If it's getting worse and not getting better you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Excrutiating pain during bowel movement with hemorrhoid.. Any advice? Enema? Laxative?

Excrutiating pain during bowel movement with hemorrhoid.. Any advice? Enema? Laxative?

Fissure: Could be an anal fissure. Soft stools without straining. There is topical medication that may help so call your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 4 month old who hasn't passed a stool in 5 days. I have tried everything including a mild laxative. what should I do next?

I have a 4 month old who hasn't passed a stool in 5 days. I have tried everything including a mild laxative. what should I do next?

Constpation: Hard to answer without more information as to all you have tried. How about two ounces of water and two ounces of prune juice once a day ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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?

Is use of laxative habit-forming?

They can be: Laxatives can be habit forming. They should only be used when absolutely necessary. It is better to use natural laxatives like prune juice, foods with high fiber content such as beans or leafy green vegetables, or just avoid them altogether. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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