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Is it okay not to have a regular bowel habit? been taking laxative because I cant poop without it.Should I go to dr or is it okay to take laxative otc

Is it okay not to have a regular bowel habit? been taking laxative because I cant poop without it.Should I go to dr or is it okay to take laxative otc

Can't be OK but see: This can be OK but you need to see your physician and get it clarified. We need to know a lot more about your health status and what's your gastroenterology evaluation is and what evaluation has been done ...Read more

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I can go days w/o pooping cause of constipation&ive tried lots of laxatives too. Someone told me I might have intestine problems. What do I do?

I can go days w/o pooping cause of constipation&ive tried lots of laxatives too. Someone told me I might have intestine problems. What do I do?

Ask your Dr!: So many causes of altered bowel habits cannot even be broached here.Please find a dr and explore what may be going on with your bowel movements.
It goes from nothing to horrible! ...Read more

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My girlfriend has extreme constipation, can't poop with laxatives(senna) can go thru a week w/o pooping. She was 160lbs then now she's 120lbs?

My girlfriend has extreme constipation, can't poop with laxatives(senna) can go thru a week w/o pooping. She was 160lbs then now she's 120lbs?

Not normal: The weight loss is extreme- would need to know her height to determine expected "normal" weight. In addition, was she trying to loose weight? Are their other symptoms such as vomiting? A couple of conditions that could explain both problems include low thyroid hormone levela and celiac disease. ...Read more

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I purge by vomiting. I took a laxative for constipation I then had a poop completely liquid there was bright red blood in the liquid. Is this bad?

I purge by vomiting. I took a laxative for constipation I then had a poop completely liquid there was bright red blood in the liquid. Is this bad?

Yes. Bulemia kills.: You"ve got an eating disorder. The blood in your stool is the smaller consideration here. Please consider getting help. Especially ay your age, you can do permanent and severe damage to your body with laxatives, purgatives and with binge and purge eating habits. Please consider a treatment program for bulemia and eating disorders. Your doctor can refer you, or better yet, go to emergency dept. ...Read more

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White Mucous not much real stool. Where is the stool if not passing. Is it piling up like constipation.? Should I take laxative?

White Mucous not much real stool. Where is the stool if not passing. Is it piling up like constipation.? Should I take laxative?

You may: Also increase your intake of fiber and water.
You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase your intake of fiber foods. Consult this site for fiber foods.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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I am suffering from constipation with blood after the stool. I had used laxatives and i recovered but when i stoped , the constipation turned back !

Fiber Diet: The blood in the stools could be due to 'hemorroids/piles' due to your chronic constipation, because you constantly strain at the stools. Eat lot of fiber (fruits), if that doesn't help, evaluation by your physician is needed. Chronic laxative use is not good for the bowels as they get trained. ...Read more

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Do laxatives (used carefully of course) help with the pre-existing stool and constipation, or only provide relief for stool formed thereafter?

Do laxatives (used carefully of course) help with the pre-existing stool and constipation, or only provide relief for stool formed thereafter?

Both: More fiber-containing foods is largely preventive. Safest bulking agents, i.e. psyllium may help add water to stool & works in 12-72 hours. Lubricants/mineral oil makes the stool more slippery & works in 6-8 hrs. Hydrating agents (MOM, epsom salts) concentrate more water within stool & works in 30 min-6 hrs. Glycerin supps/lactulose take 30 min-3 hrs. Use stimulants/cascara,senna with caution. ...Read more

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Can daily constipation cleared by laxative in toddlet cause mucus in stool?

Can daily constipation cleared by laxative  in toddlet cause mucus in stool?

Mucous in stool: It is normal to have some mucus in stools, but if it is very noticeable for an extended time, you need to discuss this with your toddler's pediatrician. One thing, if your toddler is constipated on a daily basis, the mucus could be due to that. Mucus in the stool can be due also to infection (due to antibiotic usage?), irritable bowel or an obstruction. See the pediatrician to be sure. ...Read more

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Can laxative for 2 days for constipation in toddler cause mucus in stool?

Can laxative for 2 days for constipation in toddler cause mucus in stool?

Unlikely: Laxatives typically do not cause mucus in stool. It could be from another cause. ...Read more

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I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

I took a stool softener (max 3 pills/24 hours) and waited 12 hours, can I take a laxative (1-2 pills)? the stool softener didn't relieve constipation.

Yes: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit.ly/1uzOegm ...Read more

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Passed out dark brown stool with light brown spots after taking laxatives. I have been having constipation for a long time. Anus pain when I sit down.

Passed out dark brown stool with light brown spots after taking laxatives. I have been having constipation for a long time. Anus pain when I sit down.

Hydration fibers: you need to keep yourself hydrated water,juices,geterade
you need to change your eating habit ear more fruits and vegetables
you need to exercise simple walking will do it does stimulate the intestines
the pain in the anus is from the pressure the hard stool create by sitting there too long
take extra fiber supplement and stool softer if you have too
do not let a day passed without BM
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I have very lazy bowel movement and constipation for 7 months , dependent on laxatives. Taking Crohn's medic. for three months but didn't help? Advice

I have very lazy bowel movement and constipation for 7 months , dependent on laxatives. Taking Crohn's medic. for three months but didn't help? Advice

Need more info: I assume you are consulting with a gastroenterologist. Crohn's is sometimes difficult to treat I would advise to see him/her or see another gastroenterologist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives . Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more

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I used laxative to relieve constipation. When can I expect my next bowel movement?

Which one did U use?: Be careful! Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & cannot 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 appropriate work-up and elucidation of your cause of constipation. ...Read more

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I've always had trouble with constipation and i used laxatives for over a month and now i can't have a bowel movement at all. Please, i need help?

I've always had trouble with constipation and i used laxatives for over a month and now i can't have a bowel movement at all.  Please, i need help?

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. ...Read more

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Brother facing acute constipation.He is advised to take laxatives & stool softeners along with increase fiber & fluids.Any med or anything he can do!

Brother facing acute constipation.He is advised to take laxatives & stool softeners along with increase fiber & fluids.Any med or anything he can do!

Constipation: Fiber, fluids, stool softeners & laxatives are good standard recommendations. Don't forget exercise - seriously! Try to avoid medications if possible b/c no such thing as free lunch eg no side effects. PEG or Miralax appears safe enough after yrs of bowel prep to be available OTC. Amitiza (lubiprostone) & Linzess are 2 new meds. Make sure to find cause: hypothyroidism, colon cancer, narcotics, anticholinergics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Is it safe to take the recommended amount of stimulant and stool softening laxatives consistently to relieve constipation caused by psychotropic meds?

Use fiber: The ideal would be to eat your fiber in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, as well as to increase your intake of water to help with constipation. Then using stool softeners daily is fine( must drink water with those). Try not to take laxatives but those that simply add fiber and bulk are ok, such as miralax, metamucil, fibercon, citrucel, etc. Also ok is amitiza, (lubiprostone) by rx. ...Read more

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Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories  oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Doctor: I do not see anything to cause someone to go to the doctor's office or the er. But, if you want to have a physician examine a female recovered from constipation then that is definitely not a reason to go to the er. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

No: However, fecal elastase is famously neither sensitive nor specific for anything. It is helpful but only as one small part of a workup along with other indicators to determine whether to treat. ...Read more

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I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

I've seen different types of OTC  laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?

If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more

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Anal pain,stool leakage after defecation &severe constipation that doesn't respond to anything even laxatives.dr said no piles or fissure.plz help me?

Anal pain,stool leakage after defecation &severe constipation that doesn't respond to anything even laxatives.dr said no piles or fissure.plz help me?

Intestinal Disorder: Without much history, it is hard to pin it down. Prior illness? How long? Mucus? Blood in stool? Fever? Abdominal pain? If symptoms like this have been going on for more then a week, consult a Gastroenterologist! ...Read more

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My mother suffers from constipation. She can 't defecate w/o a laxative. She tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

My mother suffers from constipation. She can 't defecate w/o a laxative. She tried fiber, mucilax, and stool softeners but to no avail.?

See below.: Needs evaluation by her primary care doc to make sure there is no underlying anatomic or physiologic defect. The whole key to constipation is prevention and consistency. Not, as i often see, a continual juggling of meds with last minute enemas for relief. She may require a daily combination of several agents at small or moderate dose in order to stay regular and comfortable. ...Read more

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I'm very constipated. Went to DR. and he told me to take laxatives. I took two maximum strength laxatives and still can't poop...what could be wrong?

Your diet: the problem is your diet, life long of junk food will not be treated by a couple of laxatives.you need a lot of hydration 8-10 bottle of water,and natural juices, you need to avoid sodas ,and energy drinks.you need to eat fruits and vegetables,and a lots of fibers.for now take four tablets of dulcolax, then mix half bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gaterade ,and drink it,repeat it once if needed. ...Read more

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Hello, I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. i took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

Hello,
I've been constipated for about 3.5 days took a stimulant laxative today about 7 hours ago and it had made me feel like I have to poop, but I caNt go because my stool is to hard. i took stoll softener 1 hour ago. Should I go to a doctor?

Osmotic laxative: I suggest Miralax powder: this is an osmotic laxative ( draws water into your bowel ) to achieve a normal, smooth bowel movement. Most other laxatives sold over the counter are irritative or increase colon spasm ( peristalsis ). Increase your fluid intake to 8-10 glasses of electrolyte rich fluids: Powerade, G-, Vitamin water, sports drinks and fiber ( cereals, bran, shredded wheat, fresh produce ...Read more

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Went 2 dr for gas pain but cant pass much gas & bloody mucus w/no stool. Said it is constipation but I'm still worried. Could it be something worse?

Went 2 dr for gas pain but cant pass much gas & bloody mucus w/no stool. Said it is constipation but I'm still worried. Could it be something worse?

Gastroenterologist: Since you're experiencing abdominal distress, passing bloody mucus, but are unable to have a bowel movement your symptoms are concerning and a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate you. Possibilities include mucus colitis with predominant constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, incomplete intestinal obstruction or proctitis. Abdominal distension or vomiting would be very serious signs ...Read more

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