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How effective are over-the-counter constipation medications? I have constipation and want to save money on treatment. How safe and effective are over-the-counter laxatives? .

Hello. : Hello. They can be quite effective. Drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water and try to eat 5 servings of vegetable and four servings to fruit per day to help avoid constipation. Move about every day - walking is fine. Try to avoid junk food. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

What is the best over-the-counter meds or way to cleanse your system? Want to cleanse my system because have never done it other than a laxative.

Not necessary: Intestinal tract normally cleans itself. Many people require laxatives or stool softners if bowels can not be regulated by diet alone. Various so called spa treatments, bowel "cleansing treatments" & high colonics etc. Vary from unnecessary to somewhat fraudulent. They only truly benefit those receiving payment. Don't ask the provider about benefits, they are biased & have mortgage payments. ...Read more

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Is there any useful over-the-counter medicine for uti? Do the various cranberry products work, or only the 100% cranberry juice?

Is there any useful over-the-counter medicine for uti? Do the various cranberry products work, or only the 100% cranberry juice?

See a doctor: Go to a doctor and have your urine checked. There are no otc treatments (including cranberries) known to work. A UTI that is left untreated can move to the kidneys, the blood, and can even kill you. If you have symptoms, see someone. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy( they harder the stool) doesnt keep tou regular, then it's much better to take a daily laxative than to strain or not go for days. More importantly, if you haven't had a recent colonoscopies exam, you should have one to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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I had a back surgery and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?

I had a back surgery  and was prescribed pain pills that have cause some constipation. What is a good and fast acting over-the-counter laxative ?

Constipation: There are several options. I usually tell my pts to take a bottle of magnesium citrate to help initially. Then start a daily regimen of Miralax. Also increase your fluids and fiber in your diet. If you drink the magnesium citrate and don't have a bowel movement you need to follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Over-the-counter gingivitis cures? Do any of the various mouth wash and toothpastes that say they will cure gingivitis actually do that? Is regular blushing, flossing and visits to the dentist enough, or do I really need to get any of these special produc

Over-the-counter gingivitis cures? Do any of the various mouth wash and toothpastes that say they will cure gingivitis actually do that? Is regular blushing, flossing and visits to the dentist enough, or do I really need to get any of these special produc

OTC remedies do work: Home care using mouthwash, toothpaste, brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentists are all ways to reverse gingivitis. However, if gingivitis becomes more advanced, ie. Involves destruction of bone supporting the roots of teeth, then advance gum therapies, only available by your dentist is indicated. ...Read more

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I can't poop if I go to my primary doctor what will they do tried fiber and over the counter by mouth laxatives?

I can't poop if I go to my primary doctor what will they do tried fiber and over the counter by mouth laxatives?

Constipation: Fiber, fluids & exercise are great 1st line attempts to prevent and/or treat constipation. If over-the-counter stool softeners don't work, try laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia or Polyethylene Glycol which we used to prescribe as bowel prep so you know it's got to be effective. There are several new meds to treat constipation but need to get checked out 1st by ur Family Doc for hypothyroidism etc ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

What is the best over-the-counter stool softener for nursing mothers?

Docusate: Docusate (Colace) ia a safe OTC stool softener and may be used while nursing. I have attached a Mayo Clinic Website for additional information on breastfeeding and medication use. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-and-medications/art-20043975 ...Read more

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