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Please advise if it's okay to take a laxative every other week?

Please advise if it's okay to take a laxative every other week?

Really not good idea: If you repeatedly take 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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I've taken over 50 laxatives the past two weeks, this is the third week (almost) and I was just wondering if it's going to do serious damage?

I've taken over 50 laxatives the past two weeks, this is the third week (almost) and I was just wondering if it's going to do serious damage?

See doctor: The amount of laxative use described is far more than would be considered proper. Please see your doctor to discuss why you would need laxatives and how to stop taking. ...Read more

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Is taking laxatives safe while only 1 week pregnant? I don't know for sure if I'm pregnant but there's a big possibility.

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Laxatives are safe for occasional use for constipation. ...Read more

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What will happen if I start giving my kids a laxative once a week ages 3-7 and weight is 46 lbs to 60 lbs they are not constipated but a family member?

What will happen if I start giving my kids a laxative once a week ages 3-7 and weight is 46 lbs to 60 lbs they are not constipated but a family member?

No to laxatives: Do not use a laxative if your children are not constipated. They have a normal stooling pattern if they are pooping every one to two days. Use of a laxative may result in loose stools if they are not constipated. Instead make sure they are eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and drink water. ...Read more

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I have an eating disorder iv been on laxatives for 6 weeks now how do I stop taking them?

I have an eating disorder iv been on laxatives for 6 weeks now how do I stop taking them?

Try tapering: Try taking it every other day for a week, then every 3rd for a week, then every 4th and so on until you just stop. This should limit any extra stress on your system as you get off them. ...Read more

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Bloated and constipated for a few weeks already. Laxatives no longer effective, what to do?

Bloated and constipated for a few weeks already. Laxatives no longer effective, what to do?

See your doctor.: If this has been going on for weeks and the over-the-counter remedies that you have tried have not been effective, your best bet is to see your doctor or a gastroenterologist. At age 51, if you have not had a colonoscopy yet, you should have that done anyway. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation (sometimes I go every 4 days to a week) I want to know what laxative is safe to take on a regular basis?

I have chronic constipation (sometimes I go every 4 days to a week) I want to know what laxative is safe to take on a regular basis?

That history of constipation: It is a serious indictment on your diet. Think seriously about fruit and vegetables as the major component. Maybe a regular dose of mineral oil would help. ...Read more

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Unable to have full bm, tried laxatives for a few days. Very gassy and bloated but still can't go. Almost been a week. What should I do.

Constipation: Try to hydrate yourself well. Suggest high fiber diet with fiber supplement (otc, either citrucel or fibercon). If the above is not adequate for your bowel movement, you can try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (otc, one tablespoon in 8 oz of water once to twice a day). If constipation is chronic/recurrent, you might want to work closely with a GI doctor to regulate your bm better. ...Read more

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My gma has been in bed&pain constipated for the last week. The dr gave laxatives which didn't help and x-ray showed she's constipated. What can we do?

My gma has been in bed&pain constipated for the last week. The dr gave laxatives which didn't help and x-ray showed she's constipated. What can we do?

See a GI doctor: Any change in bowel habits especially in an older person warrants closer examination.
If your grandma hasn't passes poop or gas in over 3 days she may be obstructed. Go to the er if tho is the case. ...Read more

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Was constipated over a week. After laxative I had two large bm's and then passed a brownish-pink, long string that had bubbles in it. What coul it be?

Was constipated over a week. After laxative I had two large bm's and then passed a brownish-pink, long string that had bubbles in it. What coul it be?

Constipated: No idea what that could be. Some general recommendations would be to make sure that you have had a recent evaluation of your colon (ie. Colonoscopy) as a change in bowel habits, constipation and a pink tinge could represent something else going on in your colon. ...Read more

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I have been using 5-HTP for six weeks, and I have developed terrible constipation. Without laxatives I am unable to do anything. How to treat it?

I have been using 5-HTP for six weeks, and I have developed terrible constipation. Without laxatives I am unable to do anything. How to treat it?

Diet: Any constipation can be treated in many ways. I typically recommend enacting dietary measures such as increasing dietary fiber and decreasing fat. For example, green leafy vegetables and beans are good sources of fiber that may permit stool to be passed. Increasing water and some light exercise is a treatment with little side effect. Exercise is a default therapy for almost any condition. ...Read more

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My husband been having fissure since week ago and it not getting better he is in constant pain he is using anusol cream, laxative all not helping???

My husband been having fissure since week ago and it not getting better he is in constant pain he is using anusol cream, laxative all not helping???

Anal fissure: This is painful. I would add some viscous lidocaine to the treatment and this will reduce the pain. Probably will need something surgical done if he is not getting better. ...Read more

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I gain 10 pounds in 2 weeks but was relesed after a laxative still not having regular bowl movements?

I gain 10 pounds in 2 weeks but was relesed after a laxative still not having regular bowl movements?

Constipation: I am not sure I understand you correctly? Do you mean to say you did not have BM for 2 WKS & ganed 10 LBS??!!
Anti constipation program
-Eat Fresh Fruit, Vegetables & grains
- Drink 64 OZ or more water daily
Prunes or prune juice daily.
-stop all STIMULANT LAXATIVES such as MOM
- Add fiber supplement of choice containing Psyllium -Sugar free
- can use bulk Laxative such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ...Read more

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I'm 20. I took laxative alot for months. I've stop for few weeks since now but no period for 4 months. Please help?

Related?: Not sure if these are related to each other. Any chance you could be pregnant? Have you lost a lot of weight? Stress? these can all cause loss of period. ...Read more

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Apparent colon blockage for the last 2 1/2 weeks. Er tried an enama & laxative last friday, didn't work. What now?

Apparent colon blockage for the last 2 1/2 weeks. Er tried an enama & laxative last friday, didn't work. What now?

Is there REAL block?: The key word is "apparent." the colon may not be squeezing normally, from: nearby inflammation, virus infection, poor nervous system communication from/to brain/gut, diabetes, low thyroid, lack of water and fiber, low roughage diet, lack of exercise. .. Etc. True blockages come from scarring, tumors, cancers, pressure from outside the colon, kinking. Colonoscopy by a good dr. Needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 15mon old daughter has been severely constipated for about 2 weeks. How much of littletummy's laxative can we give her?

Diet modification: You child may be eating too much diary products limit her milk to 16-20 ounces. Add fruits and vegetables to diet as well as high fiber cereals. Dosage of little tummies is usually on the box. ...Read more

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I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

Chronic constipation: For how long? Opioids / anticholinergics? Drink 2.5 -3 liters /day, combo of water /gatorade. Juice? Also 1-2 glassesf prune juice /day Consider Sitz study where they have you swallow markers and over 5 days see how many you release in stool, if few are released it means the bowel is moving too slow. Or may have congential absence of muscularis in some colon section. F/u w/ gastroenterology ...Read more

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I'm 20. previously for a few months I took laxatives. I took quite alot but have stopped for maybe a few weeks? But no period for four months pls help

See your doctor.: There are many potential reasons that you have missed your period for four months. First, you should be checked for pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, then you need a check up to help determine why you're not having periods. It is not likely that it is related to your laxative intake. I would not resume the laxatives, but I would see your doctor to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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For 1-2 weeks I haven't had a full BM. Sometimes I pass small/thin/soft stools. I'm nauseous, need to go but can't. What to do? Laxatives don't help.

For 1-2 weeks I haven't had a full BM. Sometimes I pass small/thin/soft stools. I'm nauseous, need to go but can't. What to do? Laxatives don't help.

See doctor: If laxative has not helped, it is time to consult your doctor to find out why. The nausea and change in stool size suggest that there may be something more serious than just constipation. ...Read more

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Felt worthless, have taken approx 200 laxatives in a week, feeling nauseous, really really cold and my body aches it's wrong to eat and I want to die?

Time: To seek immediate medical attention. Did you try to contact your doc? Your condition suggests major depression which by itself is a medical emergency plus a medical condition possibly overmedicated with laxatives. Please check in at the closest emergency department.. ...Read more

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Hi im 20. Previously I took alot of laxatives for months. I took 3 to 4 tablets every three days I stopped few weeks ago as I knew it was bad for me. I haven't had my period for 4cmonths. Please help?

Not sure.: Not sure I understand your question. It is possible to miss your period for 4 months related to stress, diet, sleep, exercise, or pregnancy. Probably not related to laxative use unless you were taking them to lose weight rather than for constipation. If that is the case your absent periods will return when you eat normally. If you have eating disorder please see someone for long term help ...Read more

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Can I take laxatives while taking meds for kidney stones? I haven't had a normal bm in over a week.

Can I take laxatives while taking meds for kidney stones? I haven't had a normal bm in over a week.

Yes: You can use MiraLAX or polyethylene glycol powder a capful in water or juice daily, a dose of sennokot or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or take a stool softener docusate all available over the counter without need for a prescription. Drink more water. ...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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I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

See a GI DR for a: Colonoscopy to check for pathology -? Polyps. Your narcotic medications may contribute to your constipation. Consider to stop or cut down. Take care! ...Read more

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I have not been able to use the bathroom in a week lI, Laxatives have not worked and I am in pain from gas can I take an anti-gas?

Obstipation: If you have a strong urge to have a bowel movement but can't and, especially if you're having cramps, don't take more laxatives but instead you have to work from below using glycerin rectal suppository, or dulcolax rectal suppository or a fleets enema. If these are not helpful, you may require manual disimpaction and evaluation in the hospital emergency room. Applying heat to the abdomen may help ...Read more