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How do you increase bm frequency? i have a bm maybe twice a week with colace (docusate sodium). how do i make sure i am more regular?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Dietary fiber: In your situation, the best solution first is to try to increase dietary fiber. In addition to eating more fiber, you might want to consider a fiber supplements such as psyllium. If you do, you should increase your fluid intake also. Good luck.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Several things: Make sure that you have reasonable intake of fiber which means a diet that includes roughage like in the case of green leafy vegetables. You also want to make sure you stay well hydrated. Additionally you want to remain active, as activity does stimulate normal gastrointestinal motility. This is a reasonable place to start.

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