A 59-year-old member asked:
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i am taking cholesterol meds and now i am always constipated. what can i do to become regular again?

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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get Regular: For regularity, drink lots of water. Lots. Also, increase fiber by eating vegetables and fibrous fruits like apples. In addition, magnesium citrate can help move your bowels as well. Start at 200 mg (can be purchased over the counter) and titrate up or down according to how your body responds. Also regular exercise, like walking, helps move the bowels too. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 2, 2019
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan commented
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
80 -100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily is all you really need. Drink an extra glass with each dose of the cholesterol med and an extra 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise.
Dec 30, 2013
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Fiber and water: You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
Answered on Mar 9, 2019

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