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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
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Have chronic constipation will go 7-9 days or until I take laxative, but I do take opiates daily, how could u tell withmeds, if IBS , momhad spatstic co?

Have chronic constipation will go 7-9 days or until I take laxative, but I do take opiates daily, how could u tell withmeds, if IBS , momhad spatstic co?

Not IBS: The problem is due to the pain medication. You need to increase your water intake and take a stool softener daily. 64 oz of water may not be enough for you. Usually a good stool softener like senekot-s is a good start or colace taken regularly. Exercise such as walking is good. Also increase your intake of fiber by eating oatmeal. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

Fluids: Drinking 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated non alcoholic fluid daily will correct most chronic constipation issues in 2-3 weeks, but you have to continue the regimen from that point on. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
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What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

It's complicated!: Impaction has many causes; functional, anatomic, medication or diet-induced, so get checked first. Your doc may recommend fiber, gentle laxatives, even enemas after ruling out more severe problems but a thorough exam is necessary first! ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Katz
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Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Constipation: Best initial therapy is fiber, (metamucil, konsyl, citrucel, benefiber), drinking more water (at least 1 liter per day) and exercise. If this does not work, see a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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What is the best laxative while taking norco to help with constipation?

What is the best laxative while taking norco to help with constipation?

COLACE: I recommend to my patients colace (docusate) one every 12 hours. It's a stool softener that helps draw water into your colon to flush things along. If that doesn't help, then two every twelve hours. If that doesn't help, then MiraLAX - one capful daily. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush things along. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Constipation on sertraline (4yrs) what is best laxative to take to elevate please?

Miralax: However, a thorough GI work up is indicated to rule out other causes of constipation, including other medications and over the counter preparations, especially antihistamines which can be very constipating and are present in many over the counter sleeping aids. In my experience i can't recall any patients with chronic constipation from sertraline. Irritable bowel, constipating type comes to mind. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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?

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 is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Anuj Sonawala
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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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Dr. Donald Colantino
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Is warm liquid better than cold for constipation? What is the best stool softener after hernia surgery?

Is warm liquid better than cold for constipation? What is the best stool softener after hernia surgery?

Warm probably better: Senokot is effective as it combines a stool softener with a gentle laxative and is best used temporarily after surgery and then switching to simply a stool softener would be advisable. ...Read more

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