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Wheat Dextrin Medication
I am a 62 yr old male w/ OIC (on/ off for 2 weeks) after starting oxycodone 15mg /day. Is it OK to combine Senna-S, wheat dextrin, and Miralax?
Generally, yes: But I usually recommend doing things stepwise rather than all at once. Wheat dextrin is basically a bulk agent, and those are NOT recommended in OIC. Miralax alone should work, just need to escalate dose. Start with one ounce three times daily, and double it until there are results. The newer agents that specifically antagonize opioids gut action, usually without systemic effects, also help. ...Read more
Was tested and found to be allergic to wheat. I don't have celiac, but have eosinophilic esophagitis. Should I avoid wheat dextrin in supplements?
Wheat issues: Wheat is a complex composition of various proteins and some starches. Like the roof of your house, its different parts have different features. However, if you have a wheat allergy yo should avoid it in any form. That means you read lots of labels and avoid the product if it has any mention of wheat. They cannot completely separate the components from wheat to make it truly safe. ...Read more
Hi I was wondering if I may have an allergy to rye (i'm allergic to rye grass) or gluten (not allergic to wheat or corn though) or dextrin or food coloring dyes that are artificial , since I was eating cheez-its and starburst last night and noticed my thr
Beware that allergy: is simply a label for behavioral response. Pretense is that someone else (Doc, etc.) really understands what is happening when actually just repeating the clients complaints//descriptions of behavior(s), using different words/diagnostic-labels, while promoting theories to justify low-level theories aimed at justifying what is being promoted/sold. Best don't miss bigger issues & internal controls. ...Read more
I'm taking verapamil and am constipated. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) & costco optifiber (wheat dextrin) don't seem to work. What fiber supplement would you recommend?
Change meds: I believe that constipation is a common side effect of medications. When simple methods to manage these complications fail, altermative treatments should be sought. I would not recommend stronger laxatives as they may alter your colonic function, unless, of course, you have no alternative. ...Read more
Wife has serve dry eyes and has plugs, today she took dextrin powder and states her eyes are dryer and as uncomfortable as ever. Could dextrin be caus?
Maybe: Dextrin could worsen dry eyes by keeping water in the gut with the passage of high-fiber stools. However, sounds like the primary eye problem has not bee sufficiently addressed for her to be sensitive this. Are artificial tears an option for her? Are other medications (like antihistamines) used that are drying? Is there inflammation of the eyelid? Eye doctor should be able to help ...Read more
Wheat Thins not best: It's all relative. Wheat thins are high-carb foods rich in gluten, which is pro-inflammatory & stimulates appetite. They contain soybean oil & high fructose corn syrup which are likely from gmo sources & thus best avoided! hummus is a fairly healthy food choice. I would keep the hummus & choose healthier crackers-i like mary's gone crackers which are organic, gluten-free with seeds & healthy fats. ...Read more
Not a bacteria : Wheat germ is a part of the wheat kernel. The germ is only a very small part of the kernel, approximately 2 ½ percent in total. The word germ does not have anything to do with bacteria; it simply refers to germination. The germ is the reproductive part that germinates and forms the wheat grass. Wheat germ is very high in protein. In fact, wheat germ contains 23 nutrients. ...Read more
Unprocessed: Whole wheat contains the starchy endosperm, the protein laden germ, and the husk which contains mostly insoluble fiber. Processed wheat as in white bread or regular pasta is made from wheat without the germ and husk. In general, whole grains are more complete from a nutritional point of view; offer advantages re: blood sugar, satiety, bowel function, vitamin/mineral intake. ...Read more
Can or should ?: You can take poison, but I wouldn't advise it. Anytime someone with celiac disease consumes wheat, their body generates NEW antibodies to various wheat proteins that attack their gut tissue causing injury. This starts out as spotty injury and gets worse with time and any new exposures. Avoid wheat (gluten) and the antibody level declines so the body can heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
New antibodies: For whatever reason a celiac will develop antibodies to some of the many proteins in wheat & these attack their digestive tissues as if they were wheat. If they stay away from wheat for long enough, the tissues heal & symptoms improve. Any new exposure to wheat can generate a new & large burst of antibodies that starts the injury/symptoms all over again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wheat was the last: food product introduced into the human diet when we discovered how to farm it. Thus, it is hard for many folks to metabolize it because we have not all evolved to the point where that is easily possible. I don't think it ages us but can give bad GI symptoms to some. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gluten: Gluten is in wheat, barley, and rye. Therefore, it is in any foods or drinks that use these as ingredients. Some foods are pretty obvious like typical breads, pizza, pasta, cakes, and cookies. You need to be aware that gluten is in most beers, soy sauce, and many sauces. Anything breaded typically has gluten. ...Read more
Whole wheat pancakes: Pancakes themselves are just simple sugars (even "whole wheat" pancakes are not complex carbohydrates truthfully) with liquid sugar (syrup) and fat (butter) added. So pancakes are a bad nutritional choice made worse. And we can't rescue any health value by adding things like blueberries or cranberries. If you make them with psyllium husk added, you can at least get some fiber in there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer