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I am on buttons and vicoprofin and need to combat the constipation. i have been taking 3 col ace and 2 pericolace together is that ok?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten ; soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe ; available for anyone over 2, ; assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Opiate-induced constipation may need bigger guns, like linzess, relistor (methylnaltrexone). Can you cut down on narcotics?

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