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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) side affects?

Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, cramping, gas, rash. High doses particularly in elderly can cause excessive diarrhea/ stool frequency which may result in dehydration. Stop use if fecal urgency/incontinence occurs. Do not use for more than 2 weeks except directed by physician. ...Read more

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Laxative Abuse (Definition)

Laxatives come in various types. Stimulant laxatives are potentially the most "dangerous" in that there is the potential to cause a weak or "cathartic" colon. In this condition, the colon becomes sluggish and ultimately unresponsive to laxatives. Laxative abuse is most common in young women trying to ...Read more


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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...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 colace (docusate sodium) a laxative?

Is colace (docusate sodium) a laxative?

No,: it is a stool softener. It does not increase motility as a function of most laxatives. ...Read more

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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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Will bisacodyl laxatives react badly with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Will bisacodyl laxatives react badly with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

No: Bisacodyl laxatives work by increasing the fluid content of the stool to treat constipation. There should not be an interacton with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax balance better?

Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax balance better?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You should use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to be balance as it is not a stimulant laxative and works just as a stool softener. It is gentle on the stomach and is quite easy to use. Minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more

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Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax, which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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What is better Dulcolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Yes: Companies sell these products and make money at it. It is safe to assume someone has used these products for their intended purpose. ...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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Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Stool softener= docusate sodium or docusate calcium?

Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant. ...Read more

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Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Is docusate sodium a laxative?

Docusate: Technically, colace (docusate sodium) is a stool softener. Docusate has been shown to be minimally effective. There are much better choices for maintaining an effective bowel regimen. ...Read more

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Does taking stimulant laxatives (like dulcolax pills) when not needed cause less calorie absorption from what you eat since it passes thru faster?

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 more

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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

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Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Coffee = irritant: In susceptible individuals, coffee can produce laxative effects within 4 minutes of drinking it. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee do the same thing. It's actually an irritant, stimulating hypersecretion of gastric acids; it also speeds up gastric emptying so that acidic gastric contents get dumped into the intestine too soon. Using coffee as laxative exposes you to all this and more. ...Read more

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I'm having lower back pain on the left side quite often. Could it be due to my constant stimulant laxative use?

Why do you use lax?: Do you use laxatives because of back pain? You may need to modify your diet to minimize constipation. Increase fiber and water, minimize cheese and processed food. Definitely need to see a healthcare professional if things don't get better. ...Read more

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If i take a stimulant laxative at bedtime, will it interfere with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR in the morning?

If i take a stimulant laxative at bedtime, will it interfere with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR in the morning?

No.: Laxatives affect the large intestine (colon). Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a salt that gets absorbed mostly in the stomach and small intestine. Use of laxatives should have no effect at all on absorption of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or on its effects once absorbed. ...Read more

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Should my 3 year old still be having bowel movements 3 days after taking a stimulant laxative?

Should my 3 year old still be having bowel movements 3 days after taking a stimulant laxative?

Possibly: The problem with someone so you using bowel stimulants is that you never know what you're going to get. Toddler guys are not just little adult guts. Meds made for adults can have very different effects on kids, including prolonged effects. If child is having constipation issues, you really need to be using stool softener agents like Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) NOT a bowel stimulant. ...Read more

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Hello, I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. i took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

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I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. i took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

Osmotic laxative: I suggest Miralax powder: this is an osmotic laxative ( draws water into your bowel ) to achieve a normal, smooth bowel movement. Most other laxatives sold over the counter are irritative or increase colon spasm ( peristalsis ). Increase your fluid intake to 8-10 glasses of electrolyte rich fluids: Powerade, G-, Vitamin water, sports drinks and fiber ( cereals, bran, shredded wheat, fresh produce ...Read more

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Deep pain when hungry, started after i got a fever and after had taken two tablets of Dulcolax or laxative?

Deep pain when hungry, started after i got a fever and after had taken two tablets of Dulcolax or laxative?

DIVERTICULITIS?: Is ur 74, this may b a DX 2 have looked into. I would not take any more dulco. Or lax. I would get in 2 b cn buy ur pcp. Fever can b a sign of a pocket being infected, best 2 get eval now. If it is diver tic it can rupture and b an emergrncy, & if surgery is needed a colostomy would b needed along with a colon sesection. Ostomy closed after healed. Have surg electively and no ostomy. ...Read more

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What should someone do after having cramps due the bisacodyl(laxative)?

What should someone do after having cramps due the bisacodyl(laxative)?

Stop: The laxatives cause the intestinal tract to move your stools and you may be experiencing spasms. Allow time for the meds to wear off. If the pain gets worse you should have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I wanted to have some beers but i just took a laxative. Bisacodyl. Can i drink?

No: When taking Bisacodyl for constipation it is recommended that you avoid alcohol as it is known to inhibits digestion. Although not an absolute contraindication, alcohol does causes dehydration by increasing loss of fluid through urination. I would recommend avoiding it. For best effect take on empty stomach with full glass of water and at least 1 hour before dairy or antacid. ...Read more

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Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Hunger: ^'ed appetite/ food craving is not listed as a side effect on Drugs.Com. Use of this type of laxative could lead to' nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness' as well as 'Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion' ...Read more

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Bisacodyl (Definition)

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Dulcolax (Definition)

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