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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 (docusate sodium) taken regularly. Exercise such as walking is good. Also increase your intake of fiber by eating oatmeal. ...Read more

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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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What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

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

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): 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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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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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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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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What is the best laxative while taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to help with constipation?

What is the best laxative while taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) to help with constipation?

COLACE (docusate sodium): 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 (polyethylene glycol) - one capful daily. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush things along. ...Read more

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How do I stop from being constipated from my prescription opiates? What can I do to help the constipation?

How do I stop from being constipated from my prescription opiates? What can I do to help the constipation?

Stool softeners: Prescription opiates frequently cause constipation. Fortunately, gentle over the counter laxatives such as milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) along with stool softener such as docusate (colace) will frequently resolve your constipation. You must remember to drink plenty of water each day as well. Try and get off of the opiates as soon as medically possible. ...Read more

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Can you get constipation due to opiates?

Can you get constipation due to opiates?

Yes: Slowing of the intestine with constipation is a side effect of all the opiate medications. You should increase your water and fiber intake while taking opiates. ...Read more

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Help with opiate constipation. Switch pills or take metamucil?

Help with opiate constipation. Switch pills or take metamucil?

Avoid narcotics: Avoid narcs to avoid constipation. Metamucil will only 'set like concrete' in a bowel slowed by narcotics. Relistor (methylnaltrexone) is a new drug that can help if the narcotics are unavoidable. ...Read more

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Assuming they would work, where can I put TENS electrodes to help with opiate-induced constipation? Which nerves stimulate peristalsis?

Assuming they would work, where can I put TENS electrodes to help with opiate-induced constipation? Which nerves stimulate peristalsis?

Physiology, Marilyn: You've got 2 things wrong: Gut muscle is smooth not striated muscle, & peristalsis is intrinsic to the gut, maintained by myenteric plexuses throughout the intestinal walls. Sympathetic NS stimulates it & parasympathetic NS inhibits it. There isn't any one nerve that controls peristalsis. For more information consult any basic physiology textbook. ...Read more

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Can nerve impingement at L3 and 4 cause constipation? Opiate pain mess, but no measures, including digital stim and enemas have produced bm. BS + x4

Can nerve impingement at L3 and 4 cause constipation? Opiate pain mess, but no measures, including digital stim and enemas have produced bm. BS + x4

NO: Nerve impingement is not a cause of constipation however opiates certainly can and there is medicine to treat opiate-induced consipation! Best idea however is to get off opiates!!! Ask your Prescriber!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Is it ok to put Neosporin on anus due to sore and bloody feces due to constipation from being on suboxone and from opiate addiction?

Is it ok to put Neosporin on anus due to sore and bloody feces due to constipation from being on suboxone and from opiate addiction?

See your doctor: Constipation can be a serious side effect of Suboxone therapy. This can be treated with a high fiber diet from fresh fruits and vegetables. Dulcolax tabs can be taken at bedtime. A couple bottles of magnesium sulfate taken an hour apart when things get really stopped up. Sit in a tub of warm soap water. "Recticare" is great for pain. See your doctor for additional recommendations. ...Read more

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I have opiate induced constipation. Can this cause burning in my lower to mid level back? I am in the process of getting dentures and also do not have teeth to chew my food. I am concerned that something seriously is wrong I am a 38 yr old mother of a you

I have opiate induced constipation. Can this cause burning in my lower to mid level back? I am in the process of getting dentures and also do not have teeth to chew my food. I am concerned that something seriously is wrong I am a 38 yr old mother of a you

Constipation/pain: constipation can cause back pain, but the combination of no teeth and opiods is trouble for your colon. There is a drug Movantik that you take once daily that blocks the constipation causing effects of opiods on the colon, but it is pretty expensive.
the only way to be sure there is nothing wrong is to undergo colonoscopy ...Read more

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Constipation for 7 days. Took laxatives for 6 days n nothing?

Constipation for 7 days. Took laxatives for 6 days n nothing?

See: Your doctor. Taking laxatives with no results could be a problem. Worry about an obstruction. See your doctor to get on a proper schedule ...Read more

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Quickest way to get rid of constipation without laxatives?

Quickest way to get rid of constipation without laxatives?

Hydration will help: The colon has 2 functions-one is to store poop, the other is to extract water if you are not drinking enough during the day. Therefore, try to increase your fluid intake. Water is best. Fruits contain water in them, as well as fiber-which helps bulk up the stools so they don't become trapped like bricks in there. You can look at the color of your pee to decide if you're hydrated-lite yellow/clear. ...Read more

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Constipation: how do I get rid of it and what can laxative do?

Constipation: how do I get rid of it and what can laxative do?

Water, fiber, exercise: Water. Fiber. Exercise. Walking, jogging, elliptical glider, swimming, sit ups can all help. Laxatives can be used for a one time situation, but many doctors don't recommend them. Long term laxative use damages your intestinal tract and creates first dependency then later total inability to defecate. I remember manually disimpacting several such patients when I still did general surgery. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

Do you think I should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

What can I do to treat this constipation without going back to laxative abuse?

More fluids: More often than not, most people drink inadequate fluids and/or consume excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic that actually dehydrates you and therefore is not a good fluid to keep your stools soft and passing regularly. I recommend 80 to 100 ounces of non caffeinated/non alcoholic fluid every day, more if you excecise or travel by plane frequently. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation. Is using anthraquinone laxatives safe long term in low doses?

Chronic constipation. Is using anthraquinone laxatives safe long term in low doses?

Not Great: The main prob with the long term use of any laxative is the body becomes dependent on the med & when you try to stop can be a rebound. In your case this is esp true as Movicol (Aust) is polyethylene glycol, which is an osmotic laxative as is anthra lax (work in a sim way). Also anthra lax's cause cause something called Melanosis Coli, which nobody knows the sig of. There are many tx's for IBS now. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

Diet and exercise: Lots of fruits and vegetables, more plain water, and keep moving, if that doesn't help see your doctor for evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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Experiencing constipation after taking Zofran (ondansetron) what laxative would be recommended to relieve this?

Maybe none: I suggest you avoid chemicals if possible. Eat a balanced diet, move a bit, and stay hydrated. If you must use something, keep in simple. Milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) as directed, should work on someone who's not already taking it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get semi regular bms when on narcotics or aleveate some of the constipation? Natural options? What laxatives are better than others?

Hydrate!: Make sure you drink plenty of water, remember any fruit that starts with a "p" help you have a bm, peaches, plums, pineapple etc.
Try to get some exercise, as you are allowed to. And consider magnesium as a stool softener.
Check with your doc! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with constipation after having an X-ray done. I'm on 8 mg laxatives. How long should it be until I am using the bathroom?

I have been diagnosed with constipation after having an X-ray done. I'm on 8 mg laxatives. How long should it be until I am using the bathroom?

Hopefully by now it: Is working. It doesn't take long and depends on which laxative you are using as there are many kinds and many types: Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) bulk laxatives, stimulant laxatives, soluble fiber, and increasing your water intake all help reduce constipation. You may need a suppository too made of similar substances, glycerin suppository to soften stool or stool softeners too. They all work well. ...Read more

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