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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. Jerome Zacks
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What is the mildest laxative?

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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Is schizandra a laxative?

No: According to what I have read it does the opposite because it fda approved and you don't know if they will interact with any medications you take and if the may aggravate another medical condition. ...Read more

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Can laxatives cause gastritis?

Can laxatives cause gastritis?

May or may not: What laxative do you take, there are many laxatives. Also, gastritis is a very specific medical term, which means gastric inflammation. ...Read more

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Black coffee a natural laxative?

Black coffee a natural laxative?

Yes: Coffee is indeed a natural laxative as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulator of smooth muscle, which is found throughout the intestines. ...Read more

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Is bakingsoda safe as a laxative?

Is bakingsoda safe as a laxative?

People used it: For that with apparent good results. But, if you talk to gastroenterologist they don't recommend using it for that. Basically it's an antacid but in excess can change the blood ph dangerously. In my humble medical opinion I won't recommend the use as laxative. ...Read more

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Can laxative cause gastritis pain?

Not normally: Gastritis pain is pain associated with the lining of the stomach. Laxatives are not normally active in this section of the GI system and normally work more in the intestines. They may give you gas and bloating, some cramping, but most likely will not cause gastritis specific pain. Speak with you physician about any suspicion of gastritis. ...Read more

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Is docusate safer than a laxative?

Yes: Docusate is safer because it really only softens the stool allowing it to transit through your system more easily. It is not actually absorbed by your body. Laxatives, while more effective in the short term, can potentially rob your body of needed electrolytes. Use with caution. ...Read more

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Can laxatives bring on migraines?

Headaches: Laxatives can cause generalized headaches if they cause you to be dehydrated, but they should not cause migraines specifically. ...Read more

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Common after effects of laxatives?

Constipation: The more you come to depend on laxitives, the more you will feel the need for laxitives. ...Read more

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Can laxatives help you lose weight?

Can laxatives help you lose weight?

No: The effect on weight of laxatives is only an illusion. You soon gain the little weight lost as soon as your bowels are full again & you regain the body water lost. The best way to lose weight is diet and exercise. Try eliminating snacks or one meal a day or reduce meal portions by 1/4 - 1/3. Add aerobic exercises (30min - 1hr) 3-5 days a week and you will lose weight. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is coffee such a good laxative?

Coffee as laxative: Not in everyone!
the warm liquid filling the stomach helps
the caffeine helps
and if you are eating with coffee in the morning it may be the food as well
coffee is also a diuretic and will make you urinate as well. ...Read more

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Could laxatives make me lose weight?

Could laxatives make me lose weight?

Laxatives are NOT a: Weight loss answer. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. ...Read more

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I am shy to buy laxatives what to do?

No one cares: But, if you need to tell yourself something, try that you're buying it for another person. Or, pay someone to be a purchasing agent - or order it online. There is nothing wrong with anyone needing a bit of an aid in helping their body work better. It's okay! ...Read more

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What laxative can I take for colitis?

What laxative can I take for colitis?

Get checked out: If u r looking for powerful laxatives, I assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider & check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! If constipation is new, has significantly worsened, is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain, esp. If "colitis" (inflamed colon) is present, see doctor. ...Read more

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When can laxatives start causing harm?

When we abuse it: There a lot of harm whenwe abuse laxatives.
The side efects from laxitives are.
Weight loss, dehydration. Electrolyte imbalance, laxative dependence.
Bulk-forming laxatives can cause bloating and flatulence (wind) stimulant laxatives can cause abdominal (tummy) pain; using them for long periods of time can result in a weakened or 'lazy' bowel, stool softener laxatives can cause abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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What is the best fast acting laxative?

Laxatives: We do not endorse products here on health tap. Most over the counter medications for constipation, laxatives, are actually the same chemically or close to it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take laxatives everyday?

Is it safe to take laxatives everyday?

Depends on laxative: There are a few classes of laxatives out there and each have their own side effects. If you're using laxatives every day for weight loss, then we worry about serious health effects. I've seen people on certain laxatives for years, just because that's what their medical condition required. So really depends on type of laxative and what you're using it for. ...Read more

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Can laxatives help you to lose weight?

Can laxatives help you to lose weight?

Laxatives: Using laxatives to loose weight does not work and is dangerous. Your body can become dependent on them and you may shift into an eating disorder. Please see your doctor and ask about a low carb higher protein food plan. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do you know if you abuse laxatives?

Laxative abusers: Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. ...Read more

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Losing weight short term with laxatives?

Losing weight short term with laxatives?

Bad idea: This is not an ideal way to lose weight, in fact, it can be dangerous. It can cause electrolyte and mineral imbalances, dehydration and colon problems, particularly when used in the long run. Please reconsider this idea and focus on more long term goals with a focus on healthy eating and physical activity. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am abusing laxatives?

Laxative: Misuse, when continue using without physical need to justify use. ...Read more

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Could laxatives really make you lose weight?

Could laxatives really make you lose weight?

Laxatives: The answer is a clear and reliable no. Laxatives cannot in any way help you lose weight. Many people find that at first as their bowels clear out more rapidly that there seems to be a short term loss of weight and then they begin to obsess about this rapid transit of their stools thinking this leads to less absorption of calories. But, in reality this is myth and not true. ...Read more

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Is it ever safe to lose weight via laxatives?

Not safe: Also dangerous as laxatives can disrupt body electrolytes. ...Read more

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