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Americans are notorious for spending outrageous amounts on laxatives and other remedies in their battle against chronic constipation. Product producers estimated that at least $725 million is expended yearly on the problem that plagues so many people. Women are two to three times more likely than men to encounter more problems with constipation because we have a slower transit time through our digestive system. Our intestinal tract is also longer. And there seems to be a hormonal correlation because women who are pregnant or post-menopausal report more problems than others. Apparently, estrogen helps with regulation, but this is not scientifically verified. Regardless of what's been tried, the most effective answers lie in behavioral strategies - activity and foods. Let's just review the foods that work and the ones that remain largely unproven.
The most important answer is to build a higher percentage of one's daily intake of food from plant foods...
The FDA announced today that it is permitting the restricted use of Zelnorm (tegaserod maleate) under a treatment investigational new drug (IND) protocol to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in women younger than 55 who meet strict criteria and have no known or pre-existing heart problems and are in critical need of this drug. Sometimes when no comparable or satisfactory alternative drug or therapy is available, the FDA will allow patients with a serious or life-threatening disease or condition to be treated with an unapproved drug under very strict guidelines. Both doctor and patient must evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the risks. In the case of Zelnorm, patients will be required to sign consent materials to ensure they are fully informed of the potential risks and benefits. Zelnorm History In 2002, the FDA approved Zelnorm for the short-term treatment of women with IBS-C. Then on March 30, 2007, the drug wa...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Mucinex Severe Congest-Cough Oral Precautions
Before taking this combination medication, tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of the ingredients; or if you
have any other allergies. Also tell your doctor if you have had a bad reaction
to decongestants (such as ephedrine, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine). This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
breathing problems (such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis,
asthma, smoker's cough)
cough with blood or large amounts of mucus
high blood pressure
heart disease (such as chest pain, heart failure, heart
a certain eye problem (glaucoma)
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