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A 19-year-old female asked:

im drinking a lot of water everyday.and still im constipated. sometimes i need to drink laxative to digest. can you help me doc?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue?

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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