A 50-year-old member asked:
I'm afraid to take laxative for constipation, what to do?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Do not take: Drink plenty of water, exercise, eat lots of fruit. Do not forget about screening colonoscopy.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Could it be okay to take a laxative for constipation?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes, but don't make: It a habit. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. Take care.
4.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 38-year-old member asked:
Can you explain if it's safe to take a laxative for constipation?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids.
4.3k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated May 17, 2014
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