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Sorbitol

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

Sorbitol is a drug that is mostly used as a laxative. It helps to treat problems of constipation and other related problems that make the process of relieving bowels uncomfortable and painful. It may be administered rectally or taken orally. Prolonged usage may cause complete dependency on laxatives therefore the use of this medicine should gradually be stopped when the problems of constipation starts improving. Sorbitol is able to produce a laxative effect because of its ability to draw water into the large intestine which stimulates bowel movement

Sorbitol is contraindicated in patients who have suffered or are suffering from stomach or intestine blockage, intestinal and stomach bleeding, decreased blood volume, ruptures in the stomach or intestinal walls, hypersensitivity or allergy to sorbitol. The drug can react with other drugs like lamivudine, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, etc. to cause severe side effects. Therefore prior to using the drug you should consult a doctor to find the correct dosage as per your medical condition and health. Side effects that can result fro the use of sorbitol are excessive bowel activity, nausea, diarrhea, edema, dehydration, hyperglycemia, lactic acidosis, xerostomia. While these side effects are possible their occurrence is not so common.

In addition to its intended effect, Sorbitol may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Soreness
Dryness
Tingling sensation
Burning sensation.
Is It safe with alcohol?
No interaction found
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Nosikind p 2% w/v/0.05% w/v nasal drops may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect liver function?
There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Sorbitol as ingredient
Embiotic Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Choliv L Syrup
Caplet India Pvt Ltd
Alkasol P 1000Mg/125Mg/50Mg Liquid
Stadmed Pvt Ltd
Alde Medi Impex Ltd
Unimarck Healthcare Ltd
Meridian Medicare Ltd
Estragen Pharma
Jupiter Pharmaceutical Ltd
Claris Lifesciences Ltd
Centaur Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Mankind Pharma Ltd
Diovol La Forte Suspension
Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Makers Laboratories Ltd
Mankind Pharma Ltd
Fitwel Pharmaceuticals Private Limited
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Centaur Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
What are you using Sorbitol for?
Other
constipation
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Poor
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within 2 days
Within a day
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
Four times A Day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Dryness
Tingling sensation
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Popular Questions & Answers

Greetings, Im suffering from severe constipation from the last 4 months. I have used all sugar alcohols like sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol monohydrate, milk of magnesia but nothing works. I'm taking 30-35 grams of fiber and 2-3 liters of water bit only thing I get is bloating and uncomfort. The only thing that works is dulcolax or bisacotydl tablets but it's habit forming so I don't take it regularly but have to take it in 2-3 days interval to clean my intestine. I feel frustrated. Please I would appreciate some help and as a side note I have diabetes so I would like some sugar free recommendation. Tablets rather than syrup is highly appreciated or any other tips that will work. Thank you doc in advance. Have a good day.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Program in Diabetology
General Physician, Delhi
Greetings,
Im suffering from severe constipation from the last 4 months. I have used all sugar alcohols like sorbitol...
lybrate-user your problem needs attention The constipation could be related with diabetes So Get Your blood sugars under control At least one opinion of surgeon is required to rule out an ano rectal pathology as a cause of constipation The surgeon may advise you a colonoscopy In the meantime you increase fiber in diet increase fluid intake regular exercise and dulcolax suppository to be inserted in the rectum occasionally.
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Is it safe running when my stomach is filled with some gas? I am healthy. Please advise

MBBS
Gastroenterologist, Gurgaon
Is it safe running when my stomach is filled with some gas? I am healthy. Please advise
Hello Sir, Avoid sorbitol, a sugar alcohol found in sugar-free foods and candies that can have a laxative effect pre-run liquid meals. Thanks.
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I am farting one hour after lunch and goes on till 9 pm. Sometimes it is stinking bad. Sometimes it lasts for 10 to 15 seconds. I am a vegetarian and manage a good nutritionally balanced diet. I mean my food palette has all colours possible. Practically all Vegetables and fruits I can gather in Hyderabad. India. I drink couple of pegs a day. I walk 10 miles a day. Recently quit smoking after 30 years of habit. Ensure my food contains soluble fibre. I have no constipation. Suggest how to stop farting.

MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Delhi
I am farting one hour after lunch and goes on till 9 pm. Sometimes it is stinking bad. Sometimes it lasts for 10 to 1...
1) Eat slowly and chew your food well. Gulping down your food leads to swallowing larger amounts of air, which may leave you feeling gassy later. 2) Smoking and excessive chewing of gum or sweets also cause you to swallow more air than you should be. 3) An obvious tip -- avoid fizzy drinks. 4) Exercise regularly. This is a solution to most minor physical ailments. A regular exercise regime conditions all the organs of the body, keeping them working as they should. Yoga is also a great way to improve the functioning of your digestive system. 5) Changing your diet to reduce foods like beans, cabbage and onions might help. However, before you decide to quit or reduce certain foods, keep track of your diet for a week or two to make sure you've got the right culprit. 6) Avoid sweeteners or health products containing sorbitol, which is used in sugar-free sweets and some medicines. Consult if it persist or prolong to investigate it further.

I am suffering from loose motion since 1 month. SGPT is around 100 and using sorbitol syrup. Stomach ache regularly. Ultrasound report was normal. But it isn't curing. Nothing seems to be working.

BSc
Ayurveda, Ujjain
You take kutjaristha syrup 3spoon add 3 spoon lukewarm water take after breakfast end lunch and dinner take stil it stops near about 15 days. Take simple home made food. Avoid spacy fast end junk food. Take ORS.

Popular Health Tips

Diabetes - How It Affects The Nervous System?

Dip.Diab, Fellowship Diabetology (Gold Medallist), MBBS
Diabetologist, Thane
Diabetes - How It Affects The Nervous System?

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes. The high blood sugar from diabetes affects the nerves and over time increases a person's risk for nerve damage. Keeping blood sugar levels within the target range recommended by your doctor helps prevent diabetic neuropathy.

Types of Diabetic Neuropathy-
Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as Peripheral, Autonomic, Proximal, or Focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways...

Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, and hands.

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that control involuntary body functions such as digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.

Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, arms, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs and hands, resulting in difficulty in walking, standing, picking up objects, buttoning your clothes, etc.

Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected.

How Diabetes Causes Damage to the Nervous System?
There are several factors that are likely to contribute to nerve damage through diabetes...

  • high blood glucose, a condition associated with diabetes, causes chemical changes in nerves. These changes impair the nerves' ability to transmit signals. 
  • high glucose levels affect many metabolic pathways in the nerves, leading to an accumulation of a sugar called sorbitol and depletion of a substance called myoinositol. These changes are the mechanism that causes nerve damage. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels. In a person with diabetes, low levels of nitric oxide may lead to constriction of blood vessels supplying the nerve, contributing to nerve damage.
  • presence of mechanical injury like carpal tunnel syndrome in a diabetic patient worsens its symptoms and prognosis
  • inherited traits increase susceptibility to nerve disease
  • lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol use

Symptoms:

  1. Numbness, burning sensations, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
  2. Either hypersensitivity to touch or insensitivity, even to hot and cold temperatures
  3. Weakness in muscles and loss of reflexes
  4. Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
  5. Diarrhea or constipation
  6. Dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure after standing or sitting up
  7. Problems with urination
  8. Changes in gait and balance
  9. Injuries that are taking longer to heal and are more prone to infections

Prevent Diabetic Nerve Damage-
Keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range, set with your doctor, may help prevent nerve damage from ever developing. The best way to do this is by checking your blood sugar and adjusting your treatment. It is also important to get to and stay at a healthy weight by exercising and eating healthy foods. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

4536 people found this helpful

Foods You Should Not Eat When You're Sick

Masters In Nutritional Therapy
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hooghly
Foods You Should Not Eat When You're Sick

Food probably isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind when you are battling flu or an infection. But eventually, you have to fuel the tank, and it does matter what you choose to eat when you are sick. There are some foods and drinks which can make you feel even worse. Therefore, it is always beneficial to know which foods to avoid during severe health conditions. By eliminating these foods and consuming more of immunity-boosting foods, you can recover quickly and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Read on to know what you should avoid eating when you are sick-

  1. If you have got the runs: When you have diarrhea, avoid candies and gums made of artificial sweeteners as they contain sorbitol which isn’t digestible and can instigate diarrhea. Also, avoid foods that can trigger bloating and gas, such as apple, onion, broccoli, beans and cabbage. Dairy, caffeine and alcohol can also provoke diarrhea.
  2. If you are constipated: Constipation can occur when you are not eating enough fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, and veggies, which stimulate digestion. Avoid consuming dairy products, chocolates, pain medication and iron supplements if you are constipated.
  3. If you are feeling nauseous: Feeling queasy makes all foods unappealing, but avoiding greasy, spicy, oily foods, alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks can help calm stomach acids.
  4. If you have sore throat: Hot fluids are by far the most beneficial. Not only do they help soothe your sore throat, but they're also known to loosen mucus, which may help relieve other symptoms such as congestion and stuffiness. So consider having soup or drinking hot water to alleviate the pain, and avoid scratchy, hard foods such as granola, potato chips and nuts as they aggravate the pain. Acidic juices made from vegetables and fruits, such as grape juice or orange juice, can also aggravate a sore throat.
  5. If you have body ache: When your body aches, don’t grab that cup of espresso or that glass of whiskey, since both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, thereby worsening the pain.
  6. If you have a headache: Stay away from artificial sweeteners, aged cheese, MSG (monosodium glutamate which is found in soy sauce), chocolate, red wine and processed meat. MSG has been linked to high blood pressure which can cause headache.
  7. If you have an earache: Stay away from dairy products, processed and packaged foods, as they increase inflammation and lengthen the recovery process.
  8. If you have an allergy: Avoid consuming milk, wheat, soy, berries, eggs, tomatoes, fish, nuts, chocolates and nuts as these foods commonly cause itching and can trigger rashes.
  9. If you have runny nose: A hot broth or hot tea will give you comfort, but you should avoid spicy foods and alcohol. Spicy foods actually aggravate a runny nose. 

Take Home Message

Getting proper nutrition, drinking healthy fluids, and taking proper rest are some of the most important things you can do to feel better when sick. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Nervous System - Can Diabetes Affect It Negatively?

DFID(Fellowship in Diabetes), MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS, PG Dip In Endocrinology, Endocrinology and Diabetes-SCE
Diabetologist, Delhi
Nervous System - Can Diabetes Affect It Negatively?

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes. The high blood sugar from diabetes affects the nerves and over time increases a person's risk for nerve damage. Keeping blood sugar levels within the target range recommended by your doctor helps prevent diabetic neuropathy.

Types of Diabetic Neuropathy:
Diabetic neuropathy can be classified as Peripheral, Autonomic, Proximal, or Focal. Each affects different parts of the body in various ways...

Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, and hands.

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that control involuntary body functions such as digestion, bowel and bladder function, sexual response, and perspiration. It can also affect the nerves that serve the heart and control blood pressure, as well as nerves in the lungs and eyes. Autonomic neuropathy can also cause hypoglycemia unawareness, a condition in which people no longer experience the warning symptoms of low blood glucose levels.

Proximal neuropathy causes pain in the thighs, hips, arms, or buttocks and leads to weakness in the legs and hands, resulting in difficulty in walking, standing, picking up objects, buttoning your clothes, etc.

Focal neuropathy results in the sudden weakness of one nerve or a group of nerves, causing muscle weakness or pain. Any nerve in the body can be affected.

How Diabetes Causes Damage to the Nervous System?
There are several factors that are likely to contribute to nerve damage through diabetes...

  • High blood glucose, a condition associated with diabetes, causes chemical changes in nerves. These changes impair the nerves' ability to transmit signals. 
  • High glucose levels affect many metabolic pathways in the nerves, leading to an accumulation of a sugar called sorbitol and depletion of a substance called myoinositol. These changes are the mechanism that causes nerve damage. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels. In a person with diabetes, low levels of nitric oxide may lead to constriction of blood vessels supplying the nerve, contributing to nerve damage.
  • Presence of mechanical injury like carpal tunnel syndrome in a diabetic patient worsens its symptoms and prognosis
  • inherited traits increase susceptibility to nerve disease
  • lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol use

Symptoms:

  1. Numbness, burning sensations, tingling, or pain in the toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, and fingers
  2. Either hypersensitivity to touch or insensitivity, even to hot and cold temperatures
  3. Weakness in muscles and loss of reflexes
  4. indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
  5. diarrhea or constipation
  6. dizziness or faintness due to a drop in blood pressure after standing or sitting up
  7. problems with urination
  8. Changes in gait and balance
  9. Injuries that are taking longer to heal and are more prone to infections

Prevent Diabetic Nerve Damage:
Keeping your blood sugar levels in your target range, set with your doctor, may help prevent nerve damage from ever developing. The best way to do this is by checking your blood sugar and adjusting your treatment. It is also important to get to and stay at a healthy weight by exercising and eating healthy foods.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

2510 people found this helpful

Digestive Health - 10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Digestion Problems!

MBBS, MD - Medicine, DNB - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Pune
Digestive Health - 10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Digestion Problems!

Taking a balanced diet not only helps in maintaining overall health but also in curing indigestion problems. The right mix of carbohydrate, protein, water, fat, vitamin, salt and fibre is essential for the body to function well. However, when you are having indigestion, which results in symptoms like bloating and nausea, there are foods which should be avoided at any cost. Below given are foods which you should avoid while having tummy troubles-

  1. Dairy Products: Dairy Products contain a protein called the casein. This protein can be highly allergic and inflammatory. Its strong insulin response can hold up fat and makes someone look fatter than his usual self. Lactose, the carbohydrate found in milk is extremely difficult to digest. If you are lactose intolerant, you should make it a point to stay away from dairy products such as kefir and yogurt to ensure smooth digestion.
  2. Gluten: This protein molecule is found in barley and wheat. Gluten is extremely difficult to break and has the capability to create a lot of damage. The unbroken molecules of gluten cause inflammation and bloating. People, who have GI issues, should definitely eschew gluten to ensure food digestion.
  3. Sugar: Patients suffering from indigestion should stay away from sugar related products such as candy, cake and crackers. Intake of sugar product increases the rate of inflammation, feeds harmful bacteria and suppresses the immune system. 
  4. Fatty Foods: Fatty foods can either worsen constipation or speed up movement, leading to diarrhea. When you are experiencing a bout of indigestion, avoid high-fat culprits, like butter, ice cream, red meat, and cheese.
  5. Fried Foods: Like fatty foods, fried foods can also move, undigested, through the body very quickly, leading to diarrhea. The end result is that you stay in your digestive tract for too long, making you feel bloated. 
  6. Gums: Guar and xanthan gum are proved to be responsible for causing colitis. People with bowel disease are strongly suggested to stay away from gums and thickeners in order to avoid indigestion.
  7. Soy: Soy possesses protein inhibitors. It is an enzyme that restricts digestion. The carbohydrate content of the soy does not get recognized by the GI system. This leads to bloating, cramps and gas.
  8. Nightshade vegetables: Vegetables such as potato, bell pepper and tomatoes contain a compound called solanine. The latter is known to be responsible for indigestion. People with a compromised GI should not consume these vegetables at all.
  9. Red Dye: Many fast food items contain a red dye which is known to decrease the production of energy, disturb nerve signaling and is an inflammatory agent.
  10. Artificial  Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners, associated with digestive problems, is sorbitol. It is a hard-to-digest sugar used to sweeten gum and diet foods. Once this sugar reaches the large intestine, it often creates gas, bloating, and diarrhea. 
  11. Legumes and beans: Legumes and beans contain compounds called saponins and lectins respectively. They are a major cause of a leaky gut and inflammation.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

BHMS, MD(AM)
Homeopath, Kota
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Natural home remedies for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)

You may know about many remedies for ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), but you might be confused with them. You might be still struggling with finding the best remedies for treating ibs that really work. Here below you can know that home remedies that really work in the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, shortly called as ibs, is nowadays a common abdominal concern. It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder with no organic underlying cause. It affects the colon and large intestine.

Symptoms of ibs

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by following six main symptoms.

Home remedies to treat irritable bowel syndrome

From eating fiber-filled foods to exercising more, making some simple changes can help ease irritable bowel syndrome. Although your body might not respond immediately to these changes, your goal is to find long-term, not temporary, solutions:

1. Experiment with fiber

When you have irritable bowel syndrome, fiber can be a mixed blessing. Although it helps reduce constipation, it can also make gas and cramping worse. The best approach is to slowly increase the amount of fiber in your diet over a period of weeks. Examples of few foods that contain fiber are whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans. If your signs and symptoms remain the same or worse, tell your doctor. You might also want to talk to a dietitian.

Some people will follow better limiting dietary fiber and instead take a fiber supplement that causes less gas and bloating. If you take a fiber supplement, such as metamucil or citrucel, be sure to introduce it slowly and drink plenty of water every day to reduce gas, bloating and constipation. If you find that taking fiber helps your ibs, use it on a regular basis for best results.

2. Avoid problem foods

If certain foods make your signs and symptoms worse, don’t eat them. These might include alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated beverages such as coffee and sodas, medications that contain caffeine, dairy products and sugar-free sweeteners such as sorbitol or mannitol.

If gas is a severe problem for you, foods that might make the ibs symptoms worse include beans, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Fatty foods also might be a problem for some people. Chewing gum or drinking through a straw can lead to swallowing air, causing more gas.

3. Eat at regular times

Don’t skip meals, and try to eat about the same time each day to help regulate bowel function. If you have diarrhea, you might find that eating small, frequent meals makes you feel better. But if you’re constipated, eating larger amounts of high-fiber foods might help you to move food through your intestines.

4. Take care with dairy products

If you are lactose intolerant, try substituting yogurt for milk. Or use an enzyme product to help break down lactose. Consuming small amounts of milk products or combining them with other foods also might help. In some cases, though, you might need to stop eating few of the dairy foods completely. If so, be sure to get enough protein, calcium and b vitamins from other sources.

5. Drink plenty of liquids

Try to drink plenty of fluids every day. Water is one of the best fluids. Alcohol and also few beverages that contain caffeine that also stimulate your intestines and can make diarrhea worse and carbonated drinks can produce gas.

6. Exercise regularly

Exercise helps relieve depression and stress, stimulates normal contractions of your intestines, and can help you feel better about yourself. If you have been inactive, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you exercise. If you have other medical problems, consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Apart from these remedies whenever possible, get at least 30-40 minutes of noncompetitive exercises such as walking. Exercise generally helps relieve stress, releases the natural painkilling endorphins, and keeps your body including your digestive system working smoothly.

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About Sorbitol
What are the side effects of Sorbitol?
Key highlights of Sorbitol
Medicines containing Sorbitol
What are the interactions for Sorbitol?