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When it comes to getting and staying regular, AllegroMedical.com has what you need.   We have mineral based, saline based, fiber based pills, drinks, powders and suppositories.   Some work right away, some work over time.  Some work gently, some . . . not.  Choose the one that’s right for your situation and please consult your doctor if you’re not sure.

Allegros Most Popular Laxatives and Suppositories:

Magic Bullet Suppository – By far the most popular choice for bowel management programs, these water based (not oil based) suppositories work safely, within a few minutes of insertion.  Consider using finger cots to ensure proper hygiene.

Bisacodyl Suppository – A vegetable oil based stimulant laxative that produces an effect in about 30 minutes.  For complete evacuation, pre-surgery, for example, use along with Bisacodyl Laxative Tablets – Compares to Dulcolax.

 

Senna Plus – Pills.  Natural Vegetable Laxative with Stool Softener.  Gentle strength.  Compares to Senokot – S.  Take at bedtime and allow to work overnight.

See all Senna-based Products

 

Magic Cleanse – Pills.  Use by itself or along with the Magic Bullet for more complete bowel evacuation.  Effective in 10 to 12 hours.

 

 

Fleet Bisacodyl Enema – This ready-to-use enema is used in most hospitals.  Superb choice for immediate relief of occasional constipation or bowel cleansing before rectal examinations.  Latex-free with a pre-lubricated tip. 

See all Fleet Products

 

Docusate Calcium – Pills. Compares to Surfak.   A very effective stool softener that treats constipation in people with MS, hernias, hemorrhoids, rectal surgery, heart problems, high blood pressure and women who have just given birth. 

 

Diocto Liquid Laxative – Compares to Colace.  Not a stimulant, but a stool softener that allows water and fats to enter the stool, making defecation easier.  Also sold as Docusate Sodium 100mg tablets.

 

MiraLax Powder – Save and effective in treating occasional constipation, MiraLax is the first prescription laxative to be made available over the counter in 30 years.  Dissolves easily in water, juice, soda, coffee or tea (no grit). 

 

Natural Fiber Laxative – Powder, Orange Flavor.  Compares to Metamucil.   All natural bulk forming fiber that you mix with at least 8 oz of liquid.  Restores regularity.  Used to treat both diarrhea and constipation, see Citrucel with SmartFiber.   Another Orange mix to try is Sugar Free Citrucel.

 

Milk of Magnesia – Original, Liquid.  Old-school, but effective.  A saline laxative that is stimulant free and cramp free.  For gentle relief of constipation.

See all Laxatives

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Shop by Condition – Constipation

It’s hard to predict how the looming H1N1 Swine Flu Virus will impact your family, community or workplace, but what with all the hooplah it is best to be prepared.   

Allegro’s broad range of antimicrobial germ killers lets you order the same products used in hospitals and other health care facilities – for use in your own home, vehicle, office, school or social gathering places.  We suggest you order these hospital grade disinfectants and sanitizers today, as demand is expected to be high.

Why stock up on antimicrobials?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the H1N1 virus is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through the coughing or sneezing of infected people.  Droplets from a cough or sneeze move through the air and can transmit the flu to people close by.  Sometimes people may also become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

How to Protect Your Health

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.  Throw it in the trash afterwards… please.

 

 

 

  • To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces clean (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.  Allegro has many Surface Disinfectants to choose from,  including disinfectant towelettes, spray cleaners, sanitizing sprays, wipes, home care kits and foggers.

 

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way. 

 

  • Avoid contact with sick people.

 

  • If you’re sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities. 

 

See All Cold/Flu Season Products including diagnostic aids, pain relief, personal protection items and more.

See All Swine Flu Category Products including gloves, hand sanitizers, masks and surface disinfectants.

Stay current with CDC recommendations at the 2009 H1N1 Flu Website.

Do what you can to avoid getting sick.  Order today!

With 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments in each of your feet it’s no wonder that foot pain and injury is so common.  If your feet hurt, there’s probably something wrong.  Best not ignore it.

So pick up your fallen arches, trade in your heel spurs for real spurs and let’s take a look at what might fix you up.  

Most Popular Foot Pain Products

Tuli Classic Heel Cups– put these in your shoes to absorb shock and return impact energy just like the system found naturally in your feet.  For heel spurs, Plantar Fasciitis, severs, Achilles TMy thoughtendinitis, shin splints, knee pain and back pain.  We have lots and lots of heel cups to choose from.

See all Tuli Brand Foot Products

See all Heel Cups

 Superfeet Active Blue Insoles– These are our most popular insoles, probably because they are the most versatile Trim-to-Fit insole in the Superfeet line.  Works in any kind of footwear, these insoles absorb shock, improve comfort and help prevent blisters and hot spots .  The blue ones are designed for cleated athletic footwear (great for soccer) as well as casual and dress shoes.  Also ideal for running, mountain biking or tennis shoes and for flatter feet that may not tolerate the more supportive Performance Green Insoles.

See all Superfeet Insoles for women, men, athletic shoes, workboots, cowboy boots, winter shoes, ski boots, high heels … everything!

See all Insoles

Night Splint – For relief of symptoms of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, and perhaps even peroneal and tibial nerve entrapment.  Alleviates pain in the arch and heel area by gently stretching the plantar fascia ligament.  By increasing this flexibility, you reduce the likelihood of further strain or tearing, and enhance the healing process.  Wear it while you sleep!

See all Pro-Tec Athletics

See all Night Splints

Biomechanical Shoes – designed specifically to address the biomechanics of human walking, by limiting the stress at the areas of the foot most susceptible to pain.  Recognized as the #1 footware line for people suffering from diabetes, arthritis, metatarrsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma, hammertoes, bunions and other foot pain problems.  See all Aetrex Worldwide Shoes.

See all Athletic Shoes

See all Boots

See all Casual Shoes

See all Diabetic Shoes

See all Sandals

See all Socks

See all Therapeutic Shoes

If it is foot care you need, see our Foot Care Section for products to take care of bunions, callouses, fungus, hammertoes, etc.   

If you need foot or ankle support, see our full line of Ankle/Foot Orthotics.

Still in pain? Visit our brand new Shop By Condition: Foot Pain area of the AllegroMedical.com website.

Back-to-School is stressful for parents and kids alike. If you can identify with any of the 6 situations below, I guarantee you that these solutions will reduce your stress and make your kids’ lives a little easier too.

 

Don’t Jack the Back, Mac

What kid wants to be walking around with a messed up spine when they’re ten? As a parent, you’ll have one less thing to worry about if you get them an Airpack Ergonomic Back-Saving Backpack.  These things are amazing. They’re cool, trendy, ergonomic AND healthy. Plus they have compartments, zippers, hidey holes, bells and whistles galore.

Airpacks backpacks patented design redistributes weight from the shoulders to the hips and lower back, thereby lightening the effective weight of the pack by 50%. Stress on the body is reduced by a whopping 80% because the design promotes a more upright standing position. Airpacks come in small, medium, large and mesh and are sized to fit by height (or torso length). Great for students of all ages and yes, that means adult students too.

Even if you’ve already invested in a backpack, you may consider swapping it out for one with back saving technology. Did I mention that it makes you stand up straight? The bonuses never end.

 

Stop Missin’ the Bus, Gus

(school morning dialog without the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock):
Time to wake up! Sweetie, get up… Get up, please. C’mon now, up, up, up. You’re going to be late for school…. (5 minutes later) Don’t make me come in there. Get…up…NOW.

(school morning dialog WITH the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock):
Well, aren’t you on the ball today! Holy moley, you’re dressed already. What a great kid. (smiles, whistling, high fives ensue)

Having a hard time waking them up? Fear not. Blast ‘em out of bed with a Sonic Bomb alarm clock. There’s even a Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock to wake your sleeping beauty.

Really, they’re not as scary as they sound and we sell a ton of them so they must work. Allegro Medical product manager Mike Benge wakes up to the Sonic Bomb every morning.  He says, “It’s like a freight train coming at me. Lights are flashing, the bed is shaking, and the sound is like nothing you’ve ever heard.”

You can set these clocks to do all kinds of things – loud or not so much. I have the Portable Vibrating Travel Alarm that gently vibrates my pillow so I don’t wake up all freaked out. Ahhhhh. No noise – but I could add noise if I wanted.  And for all you do, Soccer Mom, you deserve a nice gradual awakening with the Sunrise Alarm Clock.  

Hate running to catch the bus?  How about chasing your alarm clock instead?  This one jumps from the nightstand and runs away.  Seriously!  It’s called the Chrome Clocky Mobile Alarm Clock.  Makes a great gift.

See all Sonic Alert products

See all Alarm Clocks

 

Quit Wettin’ the Bed, Fred

The start of a new school year is stressful for everyone, but even more so for families with bed wetters. Besides the lack of sleep and overall frustration you’re ALL feeling, your child is also likely dealing with significant emotional and social issues associated with bed wetting.

If you are tired of the stress (and mess), you should try the Nite Train’r Bedwetting Alarm as a training tool.

The Nite Train’r is a device that sets off an alarm to awaken the child when just a drop or two of urine hits the sensor pad, worn in the child’s undergarments. There’s a Nite Train’r for Males and a Nite Train’r for Females.

Crissy, an Allegro customer from Fullerton, CA says, “Our six year old son never had dry nights, even as a preschooler. He is a very sound sleeper, but after two nights he began waking up to the alarm…he has had three dry nights during the third week of use.”

Don’t wait until you’re at the end of your rope. Hopefully the Nite Train’r is the answer you’ve been looking for, and you can remove bedwetting from the list of stressors in the morning rush to school.

See all bedwetting products.

 

No more Starvin’, Marvin

It’s no secret that kids don’t always eat right. At least when they are home, you can do a better job of monitoring it. Once they’re off to school it’s anyone’s bet. If you know, or suspect, or have been told that little Suzy is not getting enough calories, there is a simple answer. Supplement their meals with balanced shakes, juice drinks or puddings. We have a complete selection of Child Nutrition products – our most popular being Pediasure, Nutren Junior, Resource Just for Kids and Boost Pudding.

These products cover picky eaters, skinny kids, special needs, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, reduced appetite, super-active, low-weight, chronic illnesses, short-term illnesses, mal-nutrition – pretty much everything. There’s no reason for you to worry every day about Junior getting enough to eat. Kids love this stuff.

 

 Be Ready, Mama Betty

School time means toting kids around. Sometimes toting other people’s kids around. Even if you’re not driving with kids, we all need to pay attention to this. Are you prepared for an emergency? Here is a checklist of things you need in your car in case you’re stranded or in an accident:

  • Emergency First Aid Auto Kit
  • Handybar 3 in 1 Car Aid
  • Jensen Emergency Kit
  • Emergency Rescue Blanket
  • Jug of water
  • A list of emergency phone numbers
  • Ensure
  • Power Bars
  • Cold Weather Mask
  • Don’t dilly dally. Order now. It’s easy.  I hope you never, ever have to use this emergency stuff, but it pays to be ready. And believe me, when you need a rescue blanket or a side window breaker, you’re not only glad you have it, but it could save your life.

     

    Don’t Sneeze Up the Goo, Drew

    Preparing for the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus – or just flu season in general?  Check our Swine Flu Category for available products (several are still back-ordered from the last break-out).  Meantime, make sure you have plenty of hand sanitizers to squirt on those little germy fingers, and surface disinfectants for your counters, bannisters, keyboards, etc.

    Have a nice day. Be safe. Eat your greens. And thanks for being an Allegro Medical customer. We appreciate your business.

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