U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 33-year-old member asked:

what causes constipation and how can i treat this?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A member asked:

How can I alleviate my 10-month-old's constipation?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Fluids and fiber: The best way to prevent constipation is by including plenty of water, fruits, and high fiber foods in your infants diet. If your baby is constipated, try giving prunes, prune juice or pear juice. You can also call your doctor, he/she may recommend other over-the-counter stool softeners.
A member asked:

What is the treatment for constipation?

7 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Most of the time...: ...High-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 26 years experience
Miralax is also good but agree, proper diet is best
Aug 2, 2013
Great Britain
A 74-year-old male asked:

How do I treat constipation caused by combodart?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 40 years experience
Laxatives: Drink plenty of fluids, mild laxative-preferably fiber laxatives will help.
Wilmington, North Carolina
A 53-year-old male asked:

Is it better to treat a symptom of an illness or the cause! constipation for example.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Go for the cure!: 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?
A 18-year-old male asked:

How do you treat constipation caused by SIBO? I every time i go the bathroom, but i feel unfinished, and this is accompanied with bloating.

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Change in bowel?: How do you define "constipation?" A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days).There are many excellent answers on Healthtap that will assist you in improving your ease of defecation while reducing your sense of bloating & gassiness. Why do think it's SIBO anyway?

Related questions

A 29-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A 29-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 46-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 18-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Jun 2, 2015

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.