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A 60-year-old male asked:

I have had chronic lazy bowel syndrome for the past year and need to use non prescription laxatives in order to have bowel movements. any suggestions?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Chronic constipation: Increased fiber, plenty of vegetables and water and exercise will help.Small and mor frequent meals.Avoid very dry and hard foods . Gi doctor will be helpful.
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Depends on: The laxative . Some are safe for long term use while others are harmful. You already take metamucil and a stool softener. Those are good and safe. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good safe laxative you can titrate to response . Another really good one is natural calm, magnesium based(the plain flavor is horrible) but it is harder to find. It can be ordered off internet. It also is titrated to response..
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Provided original answer
Titrated means start slow and advance to the dose you need, not necessarily bottle directions. Back down when needed.
Aug 30, 2013
Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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