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Why Do People Loose Wait By Using Laxatives
Does using laxitives really help you lose weight? I know people who take laxatives right after or during eating, but i don't know if it helps you...
Myths: Nope. Not in any way. Not only is this myth a false belief, but it is very dangerous to health. ...Read more
What to do if my loose bowel movements do not stop even after taking lots of medicines for 3 months.?
I have to take dulcolax bi-weekly to get BMs. Am I addicted? What are some things I can do to lose the dulcolax dependency?
Dulcolax Dependency: I understand your concern about constipation I admire you for recognizing Dulcolax dependency Drink water in the morning when you get up, and also during the day time, then walk Have Diet rich in Fiber, juices and soups, vegetables and fruits Use Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation Music Decrease Dulcolax to once a week See a Physician for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
I am on dialysis. I cannot stand those fiber drinks. Can i take 2 colaces (docusate sodium) a day ? I know the gastrointerologist does not like using laxatives.
Ask Doctor: Colace can have added sodium (docusate sodium) in it, and your nephrologist may not want you taking things that can upset your electrolytes, even if it's such a small dose through your stool softener. So, consult with him/her first, and then you'll have peace of mind. Instead of the laxative drink, you maybe could do it naturally eating organic greens/vegetables instead. ...Read more
I abused laxatives for many years and now don't want to use them,have tried fiber and probiotics,and feel the need to go but can't,How do I get regula?
Cathartic colon: With "cathartic colon" you may have anal or rectal trauma, a large hemorrhoid or fissure causing hesitancy, pelvic floor dysfunction with altered rectal function, colonic inertia with slow transit, irritable bowel syndrome, procto-colitis (infectious, inflammatory, ischemic), extrinsic impression against gut, lots more. Your doctor has treatment options to help. ...Read more
I've been taking laxatives to maintain bowel movements. Want to stop but it seems like when i stop i get backed up. Can i safely stop or no? Explain
Do laxitive pills contain dairy wheat or sugar? I haven't been using the bathroom in weeks idk what to do
More info: Please let us know the specific product you are referring to - so that contents can be checked. Re-ask. Thanks. ...Read more
I have stumic pain that leads to diarrah my stool softeners are not working .Do i need to drink more water or stay away from soda please help ?
You need: Dietary advice big time. Try to get rid of "junk" and eat "god made" food. ...Read more
Does genetic testing actually help people with weight loss? If so who should use it? Should I use it since I'm morbidly obese?
Obesity: Please see your Primary doctor and get a referral to a nurse who will get you started on weight loss. Don't overdo it! ...Read more
What to do if I am using peractin 4mg to gain weight how should I use it to gain weight . like how many pills before bed etc?
Discuss With Your MD: Peri actin does help some people to gain weight, but you need to monitor side effects closely. Determining the optimal does range should be worked out individually with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
How long after stopping iron pills will your stools not be black anymore? I get too constipated with them
It can vary: But there are different forms of iron, many which do not constipate. Ask your doctor about switching to a different form of iron. Also, you might want to investigate why you are anemic and need iron. There can be many reasons for the anemia but just taking iron without determining the cause can pose a problem for you. Get it properly evaluated. ...Read more
What to do if I have never used supplements before but now i intend on doing so, however i'm worried that they may secretly contain steroids ?
Glad you're worried!: 'Health shakes' prepared at gyms have been known to be spiked with anabolic steroids. For bodybuilding / fitness, your best supplement is creatine which you can buy from a reputable company. Other stuff marketed to bodybuilders is less likely to help you gain mass or anything else. No other supplement really enhances hard work and smart eating. Best wishes. ...Read more
Do diuretics have lasting effect? I would think they would cause someone to become thirsty, drink more, and regain the water weight almost immediately
Diuretic: A brilliant observation! it depends on the reason for prescription. In hypertension management the effectiveness is dependent on changes in cellular electromechanics rather than via a hydraulic action of water removal, which as you have observed would be rapidly restored due to thirst. In volume overloaded states removal of the water excess and does not stimulate thirst to a similar extent. ...Read more
Does slim fast work to help lose weight? I always see before and after photos of people who use them in TV commercials. Are those fake results?
Often regain wt.: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you reverse the effects of laxatives? I took 2 stimulant laxatives and didn't realize I didn't need them till after i took them.
Time: One does not "reverse" the effects of laxatives, because they only work for a few hours or at most a day, and because they cause no permanent problem (just a few extra bathroom visits, perhaps crampy ones). That means their effects are short-lived, so no worries. ...Read more
Laxatives: Yes, laxatives will likely cause a great deal of urine and feces that lowers your weight but that will also lower your energy. Laxatives are OK if you are constipated but not a smart move to lose weight. Go on-line to "NuVal" and learn what food stuffs are both enjoyable and likely to limit both weight loss and energy but you will feel much better and maintain your good looks. ...Read more
How much Miralax should I take to "clean" myself out? I'm severely constipated & the regular dose isn't working.
Try enema: If laxative has not worked, you may try Fleet's enema. The medication is available over the counter at drug stores. Drink enough water so that your urine is mostly colorless and increase your intake of fiber by taking Metamucil or fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more
Are fleet glycerin suppositories safe? I am having trouble going. Too big to pass and have hemorrhoids. Extra fiber and water is not helping. Do I use
Yes, but: I don't thing they would help much. Your best bet is to buy a few enemas.Follow the directions on the bottle. Try to hold the contents inside for as long as possible (1-0-15 min would be good) and then try to empty as much as possible. You may need to try again in a day or so. Consult your doc if this isn't helping. ...Read more
I'm 5'3" and 78lbs. Am I anorexic? I eat >200 calories a day. But I often binge and purge... Then take laxatives to make sure it's all out. I'm so fat
Eating disorder: You are describing symptoms of an eating disorder. The first thing to do is seek the counsel of a trusted adult who will listen to your concerns and get you some help. Your question suggests you have insight into the problem, and are ready to address it head on. ...Read more
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