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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can i use a laxative for my constipation?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Ask oyur doc: Don't know you, your history, etc. There are lots of causes for con, and others. See your doctor to find out.Stipation; they range from not enough fiber, fluid, activity, to drug effects, to metabolic abnormalities, to anatomic abnormalities.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Start with mild laxative such as miralax (polyethylene glycol).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some laxative foods for constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle!
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Generally I am: Not in favor of chronic laxative use. A hi fiber diet along with 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day usually corrects the problem. You are approaching the age for colon screening and if the above doesn't work for you after trying for 2 weeks minimum, you may be a candidate for a colonoscopy even at age 46 or at least an evaluation. Tlk with a colon and rectal surgeon or GI doctor.
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