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Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Safety and side effects of mixing certain perscription drugs with guanfacine?

Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more

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Senokot (Definition)

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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read more

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I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

I was wondering did risperdal's manufacturer provide insufficient warning labels regarding its adverse effects?

They did provide: Medication side effects are supposed to be revealed by the drug developer. However, it may take several years of use in real life settings before certain side effects are fully appreciated, evaluated and understood. ...Read more

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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

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Black box warning Zoloft (sertraline) effects to wear off?

Zoloft (sertraline): Warning exists while taking the medication.

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Taking a prenatal pill twice a day (recommended dose) that has polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol - are those ingredients safe for pregnancy?

Taking a prenatal pill twice a day (recommended dose) that has polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol - are those ingredients safe for pregnancy?

PRESERVATIVES: Polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene glycol are preservatives that are included in many products and have proven safe in most instances. We really can't be totally sure of safety in pregnancy, since it simply is not possible to test them in pregnant women. However they have been included in many products often used by pregnant women over many years. The amounts included are very minimal. ...Read more

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I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?

I'm in toprol (metoprolol) xr, synthroid, vitamin d and miralax daily. Are their any interactions between these?

Not realy: Orthostatic hypotension, limb discomfort, dysarthria. In about 3 people from a group of 80 patients study especially female above the age of 50 years old. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking vitafusion multivites (gummies for adults)..? I'm also eating healthy&drinking plenty of water+exercising more

Are there any side effects to taking vitafusion multivites (gummies for adults)..?  I'm also eating healthy&drinking plenty of water+exercising more

No need: If you are eating a healthy balanced diet, there is no need for extra vitamins. Most of these extra vitamins get excreted in your stool and urine. As far as side effects, the most common would be upset stomach. Overall, these vitamins are not going to hurt you, but you also don't need to take them. ...Read more

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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more

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Would taking applied nutrition's greentea fat burner for several months be harmful? Their label warns of birth defects and reproductive harm.

Would taking applied nutrition's greentea fat burner for several months be harmful? Their label warns of birth defects and reproductive harm.

May be harmful in : More ways than one. In addition to the listed risks , it may have other harmful side effects. Equally importantly, it will not do you any good other than lightening your wallet. ...Read more

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Do any herbal supplements have dangerous side effects if taken with glipizide and metphormin?

Do any herbal supplements have dangerous side effects if taken with glipizide and metphormin?

It depends: Please see the label. All the mechanism of herbal medications are not known but some of them are notorious to cause side effects due to interaction. ...Read more

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Are there any medicinal effects to buying morning glory seeds?

Are there any medicinal effects to buying morning glory seeds?

Please don't: Morning glory seeds contain a psychedelic indole related to lsd. Effects include hallucinations, anxiety, mood changes, depersonalization, and drowsiness. Acute clinical effects may also include mydriasis, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Morning glory seeds people buy in garden stores are often coated with pesticide, so there are also these other toxins to think about. Not tasty or healthy. ...Read more

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Bootea contains senna peppermint hawthorn leaves,liquorice burdock &valerian root,psyllium seeds. You have 1 every otha nyt is it safe to use ongoing?

BOOTEA CALL: May cause diarrhea due to the Senna, but q o d does not seem excessive but If you notice any adverse effects then cut back or quit. You be the judge ...Read more

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Can i take senokot (senna) with comundin and sotalol?

Can i take senokot (senna) with comundin and sotalol?

Senokot & Coumadin (warfarin): I would not recommend taking the senokot at the same time with either Coumadin (warfarin) or sotalol. Absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) is affected by a number of foods and other meds, so although not taken together you may separate them in time, so take the sotalol at breakfast and dinner, and the Coumadin (warfarin) before dinner, then take the senokot at bed time. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to taking the supplement NAC? Any noteworthy drug interactions? And can it be taken with Milk Thistle?

Are there any benefits to taking the supplement NAC?  Any noteworthy drug interactions?  And can it be taken with Milk Thistle?

N acetylcysteine: N-acetylcysteine is effective in tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, as a mucolytic agent in lung diseases associated with increased mucous, antiviral agent for influenza A, certain psychiatric illnesses, prevention of hemorrhagic cystitis in cancer chemotherapy, There is a high incidence of allergic reactions with skin rash, hypotension and wheezing. No other beneficial effects are reported. Milk Thistle OK ...Read more

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Can i consume Hemp seeds as a dietary supplement while on Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg daily? Hemp seeds seem to contain negligible amounts of tryptophan

Can i consume Hemp seeds as a dietary supplement while on Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg daily? Hemp seeds seem to contain negligible amounts of tryptophan

No problem: Just about every protein food contains tryptophan, some more than others (such as dairy and turkey). There is absolutely no reason to avoid those foods while on Prozac (fluoxetine). There is a big difference between taking large amounts of Tryptophan as a supplement and having the amounts that occur in food. Hemp seeds is among the healthiest foods one can eat. ...Read more

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Any side effects of carboplatin use with maitake, ginger or ecgg?

Any side effects of carboplatin use with maitake, ginger or ecgg?

Unknown: The side effects of these herbal remedies have not been formally studied in combination with carboplatin. For this reason, i tell my patients not to take these products while receiving chemotherapy. Even though the maitake and ginger have been used for thousands of years, it is not clear that they actually help in the treatment of patients with cancer. Find more www.Cancer.Org all the best, ariel. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter medications for IBS c I have been taking probiotics metamusal and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

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Are there any good  over-the-counter medications for IBS c  I have been taking probiotics metamusal and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

IBS: I would recommend that you do a food dairy and see which foods you are allergic (ibs pts have allergies). The most common are dairy and gluten. You can try a to do a food elimination diet where you eliminate an entire food category for 1-2 weeks to see if you improve. I would recommend a high strength probiotic of 80 billion. For constipation i would recommend taking mag 500-1000 mg per night. ...Read more

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No BM for 3+ wks. Already tried triple dose miralax, magnesium citrate, prune juice, senna tea, high dose live probiotics... Enema is contradicted. What is the most effective “cocktail” to try now? What are early warning signs of bowel obstruction?

No BM for 3+ wks. Already tried triple dose miralax, magnesium citrate, prune juice, senna tea, high dose live probiotics... Enema is contradicted.  What is the most effective “cocktail” to try now? What are early warning signs of bowel obstruction?

Under supervision: If you truly haven't evacuated in 3 WEEKS you need to do so under supervision. Whether this is in a hospital or clinic setting, it should be done with personnel trained to assist and recognize any problems that may arise. A constant infusion of Miralax through a oro-gastric tube can be titrated up to the point it pushes a blockage out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does senokot (senna) work?

Does senokot (senna) work?

What are you asking?: The short answer is "yes", but really what are you asking? What is your intended indication for the product--improved stooling, weight reduction, reduced distension, etc? Also, remember, no medication is without some side effects. Best to check with your doctor who knows you best with regard to any medical limitation you may have or if any drug may be contraindicated in your particular case. ...Read more

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Whats the use of senna pods?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 species) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) safe for long term use?

Is senokot (senna) safe for long term use?

No: Long term laxative use can cause the large intestine motility to be impaired creating the need for more and more laxatives. ...Read more

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How long before senokot (senna) take effect?

See details: It is best to take at bedtime so it will usually work the next morning. ...Read more

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How long does it take for senokot (senna) to work?

How long does it take for senokot (senna) to work?

Senokot (senna): If you took 2 tablets and drank plenty of water, i would expect results within 12-36 hours. ...Read more

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Can i take senna once every 10 days without becoming dependent?

Can i take senna once every 10 days without becoming dependent?

Probably: Usually senna is not an addicting drug or one that can cause dependence. It is pretty safe. ...Read more

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I took 2 senna last night but it doesn't work this morning. Why?

Give it time: You may need to give it a little more time...try adding colace or miralax to it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to use senokot (senna) max strength before?

Can you tell me about it's like to use senokot (senna) max strength before?

I wouldn't recommend: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), &soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse. ...Read more

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But could you take Senokot (senna) one time every week or one time every two weeks on a long term basis?

Not the best way.: using Senkot infrequently on as needed basis is not a problem. However, a better approach would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, perhaps even supplemented with a fiber supplement. If Senokot (senna) is still needed after the increased fiber is consumed, then use it judiciously. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would 1/2 senna daily cause inconsistent BM? Like Firmer one day and looser another? Or is it something I am eating?

Senna: Senna is a pro-motility agent (helps move things along). If your BM has different consistencies I would recommend starting a food diary and examine which foods make things more firm or loose. ...Read more

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Is senna leaf tea safe?

Laxative Tea: Senna tea should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Any bad senna side effects?

Any bad senna side effects?

Chronic laxative use: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse. ...Read more

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Will I lose weight on senna?

Agree with Dr Hossai: Senna pods and leaves are used as a laxative. Laxatives are NEVER the route to healthy weight loss. ...Read more

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Can I have senna before a colonoscopy?

Can I have senna before a colonoscopy?

There may be better: Choices. See this site for suggestions for preparing for colonoscopy. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colonoscopy/my00621/dsection=how-you-prepare. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Definition)

Senna is a laxative which is a ...Read more