A 20-year-old female asked:
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my 20 yr old daughter is constipated will a laxative help her she has'nt had a movement in 2 days and is urinating frequently more than usual?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or feel full & bloated. Your daughter can certainly try a mild laxative, but have her seek evaluation if she has known colitis, ongoing symptoms, or signs of abdominal distension, tenderness, increasing pain, fever, blood in stool.
Answered on Sep 30, 2013

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