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Laxative Overview

Laxatives (purgatives, aperients) are substances that loosen stools[1] and increase bowel movements. They are used to treat and prevent constipation. Laxatives vary based on how they work and the side effects they have. Certain stimulant, lubricant and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and bowel examinations, and may be supplemented by enemas under certain circumstances. Sufficiently high doses of laxatives may cause diarrhea. Some laxatives combine more than one acti...

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Has anyone used the new SUPREP kit before a colonoscopy? Would like any comments about taste, ease or side effects. Thanks! ## The Suprep kit contains sodium sulfate, magnesium sulfate and potassium sulfate, it is used for bowel preparation. It basically works as a laxative. I can't think that combo would taste very well, though I have never used it. The most common listed side effects are: cramping, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Does anyone else have anything to add? ## Sulfates have a bitter taste, hence the development of PEG bowel cleansing products without sulfate such as Nulytely or Trilyte. Having said that, Suprep contains both Sucralose and flavoring agents, so it may not taste as bad as has been suggested. It still involves the ingestion of 3 quarts of water, ...
Updated 10 hours ago in Suprep.
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I am looking for the name of a Laxative. They are hard deep red coloured round pills. Aprox 7mm across. It was a laxative but came off the shelves in the UK about 10-12 years ago. I heard they may have rebranded with a herbal version. They came in a foil blister pack. I think the outer packaging was green and the name began with a N although i cant be sure of this. ## Were they shaped like an american football? There is a medicine for stool softening agent, slightly gentler than a laxative, called colace that matches your description. it is sold over the counter in the USA, and you can research this to see if it matches what you seek.
Updated 1 day ago.
lizness 145 mg
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I just started taking liznes 3 days ago. I am major swelled in my colon from infectious diverticulitus and ibs and infectious colitis. Its not doing nothing but spurt here &thats there. Im so bloated i cant eat my colon is spasmimg. I look 6 months pregnant. Can I take 2excellent at a time or sennakot or anuthing else to help me go. Its making me sick. Please respond ## @KR, Sorry to hear about your condition. If you plan on taking an extra laxative medication along with Linzess, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor first just to play it safe with the dosing. However there are other home remedies such as Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salt that might make for good alternatives. Have you also considered taking any probiotics or digestive enzymes to help better metabolize cer...
Updated 2 days ago in Linzess.
shelcal 500 use in pregnancy
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shelcal 500mg as calcium suppliment in pregnancy ## Hello, Ponnu! How are you? It is just a calcium supplement, so it can be taken during pregnancy, as long as your doctor approves. The U.S. FDA lists its typical side effect as being constipation. Were you told to take it by your doctor?
Updated 3 days ago.
can i take MiraLax after the expiration date
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Can I take Miralax when it expired on 11-2015? If not, how do I dispose the of contents, down the sink or the toilet? ## Hello, Margie! How are you? Liquids can go bad, once expired and may make you ill, if you use them, as reported by the NIH, so it would be best to dispose of them. As to the method of disposal, you should leave it in the sealed container and dispose of it with your regular household trash. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 4 days ago in MiraLax.
Tiny round pink pill
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What is this pill?... Tiny round pink pill with DW on one side no score ## A round pink pill imprinted with DW is reported on to be a "Dulcolax Pink" (Bisacodyl) 5mg delayed release tablet. Bisacodyl is a type of laxative that works directly on the colon to promote bowel movements. For verification, the size of this particular pill is listed as 6.00 millimeters and it's manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. I hope this helps!
Updated 4 days ago in Dulcolax.
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Has anyone in the US used this yet for colonscopy and what did it cost? ## I've used this Prep and it was wonderful. It tasted like orange soda and was very small. I undergo routine colonoscopies and have now finally found my prep of choice because it taste great and is tiny. Suprep & Moviprep = YUK!!! ## Thanks, Johnny, was that in the US? and what did it cost? I really don't care if it is easy to use. I may need to convince my Gastro in some way. ## I used prepopik yesterday. It tastes like unsweetened lemonade with LOTS of artificial sweetener. Like lemon koolaid without sugar. Texture is good though, not thick or slimey. Mix with refridgerated cold water, not tap water and stir well. Drink with a straw. Brush your teeth and tongue after drinking to get rid of taste. You ...
Updated 4 days ago in Prepopik.
linzess weight gain
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I was just prescribed Linzess for my IBS. I am wondering if others on this medicine have experienced wieght gain? ## Actually, since it usually causes gastrointestinal side effects, including diarrhea, it's usually known to cause the opposite problem of weight loss. You should also be informed that some people develop serve, ongoing diarrhea, so you need to watch out for that and contact your doctor if it happens. Learn more Linzess details here. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I've gained 4 pounds in 3 days since I started taking Linzess. I am on weight watchers so I count points so I know it is not my food intake. I don't usually fluctuate in pounds so I think it's the new meds. I am still taking Miralax but it doesn't seem like either are working. I loo...
Updated 5 days ago in Linzess.
Linzess every two days?
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Great medicine, although I have only started. Can I skip two days before taking the next dosage? Also I am shocked at the cost. $400+ for a three month supply. Any ideas? ## How is it working for you? You should follow your doctor's prescribing instructions, skipping days may prevent it from working as well as it should. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, bloating and diarrhea. There is a savings program available from the manufacturer. You can find information on it via the Linzess website at click here. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 5 days ago in Linzess.
On Linzess 2 weeks with only 2 small bms
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I started on the lower dosage 2 weeks ago, and I didn't go the whole week. Doctor bumped me up to the 290 dosage and have only had 2 very small bms a little loose. That is it! I keep reading about how everyone is getting diahhrea several times a day. I take it every morning 30 minutes to one hour before I eat or take any other medicine. It's like everything has stopped working. Even hard to pass gas. My stomach is distended and I have rumbling, but nothing coming out. Do I just continue to take and wait for it to work? So far, not very impressed with Linzess! ## I'm sorry about the problem you're having. Are you making sure to take it a full glass of water? Unfortunately, this medication doesn't work for everyone that tries it. The FDA lists its typical side effects ...
Updated 5 days ago in Linzess.

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