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Is use of laxative habit-forming?

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

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Whats the use of senna pods?

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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Can I use enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for colonoscpy?

Can I use enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for colonoscpy?

Not really: Colyte (polyethylene glycol) or any of the other accepted preps for colonoscopy clean the entire colon from above. Enemas don not adequately clean the entire colon. A clean colon is mandatory for a thorough colonoscopy. ...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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What if you use 16 oz of water with miralax (polyethylene glycol) instead of 8?

OK: That should be fine. You just want enough water to get the powder dissolved. ...Read more

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What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

What are some side-effects of extended use of laxatives such as ex-lax?

Dependence: Depends on the amount. Small amounts may just lead to dependence, but prolonged and excessive use can cause change in bowel bacteria leading to other infections, electrolyte disturbances which can lead to fatigue, cardiac irregularity and possible death. ...Read more

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I ve problem of incomplete defacation, inspite use of plenty of fluid and fibre, & have to use glycerine suppositories daily , is there any treatment?

I ve problem of incomplete defacation, inspite use of plenty of fluid and fibre, & have to use glycerine suppositories daily , is there any treatment?

Yes, but...: Yes, but one has to work closely with her doctor for a while, until it is certain that there is no dangerous problem (like colon cancer), and a program of various medications are figured out. There are laxatives over-the-counter that one can use; and one can alternate among several that work for her. There are prescription medicines like Amitiza (lubiprostone) (expensive) that maintain more water in the stool. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a glycerin suppository?

What are the effects of a glycerin suppository?

None: It's an inert substance that makes your stools come out. However, if you use it in excess, like anything else in life, you will develop problems. ...Read more

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Which remedy for chronic constipation is safer, Linzess or regular use of Milk of magnesia or are they equally safe.

Which remedy for chronic constipation is safer, Linzess or regular use of  Milk of magnesia or are they equally safe.

Linzess: is the treatment of choice for IBS-D and IBS is a diagnosis of EXCLUSION In other words you need to have your colon/Rectum examined to exclude other reasons. The chronic us of MOM is NOT a good idea! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) daily?

Can I use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) daily?

Not for long term: Side effects include hypermagnesemia which could cause heart rhythm trouble. Hypermagnesemia occurs specially in persons with slow kidneys. Would suggest alternating it with other cathartics if you have constipation. Several options exist i.e. Senna preparations, plymerizedethylene glycol preparations called MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or its generic form, flaxseed oil, and prune juice. May check with pharmacist too. ...Read more

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What is the medicinal use of magnesium?

What is the medicinal use of magnesium?

Several ways: A low magnesium can cause arrythmias such as svt/vt etc. In pts taking diueretics magnesuim and potassium can be depleted.You need to replace these to avoid tripping off an irregular heart rythm. ...Read more

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What is the use of colonic irrigation?

What is the use of colonic irrigation?

Nothing!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question.There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse". ...Read more

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Can u cut glycerin suppositories in half and only use half? Their otc

Can u cut glycerin suppositories in half and only use half? Their otc

Yes: That is not a problem. If you are needing these frequently for relief than i recommend follow-up with your pcp to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.

Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.

?: If you diet is good why do you need all these laxatives and softeners? No you cannot use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) long term. Try water and exercise. Drink apple or prune juice. Get your system working on its own or you will be dependent on these softeners for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Dulcolax (Definition)

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