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do you think i should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fiber: Laxative r a stimulant & u will b come dependent on them where as fiber is a natural way 2 ur colon 2 absorb more h2o & that softens ur stool. Also remain well hydrated. Urinating seldom during the day & dark urine means u need more h2o. More often & almost clear color means good hydration. Stay away from stimulants.
Answered on Aug 21, 2013

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