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A member asked:

I eat 2-3 fruits and a big bowl of salad everyday but still have constipation most of the times. i have about 2-3 bowel movements each week. sometimes i use over-the-counter stool softener pills and they can be helpful after maybe 2 days. do you have any

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Question unclear but: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber plus water, Miralax (polyethylene glycol), Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds as needed.
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