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I'm able to use the bathroom at least once a day, but I still often feel constipated. What causes this? I've even been taking benefiber

I'm able to use the bathroom at least once a day, but I still often feel constipated. What causes this? I've even been taking benefiber

Details: You have a bowel movement once a day, sometimes more, yet feel constipated?????? Something has been left unsaid. After you fill in a few details perhaps there might be some groping for a useful reply. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Is there anything safe or prescription Ican take for chronic constipation due to Paxil, (paroxetine) getting off pax within 1 mo. Benefiber didnt work etc. Taking miralax. ?

Is there anything safe or prescription Ican take for chronic constipation due to Paxil, (paroxetine) getting off pax within 1 mo. Benefiber didnt work etc. Taking miralax. ?

Dietary fiber: Fiber from the foods you eat like vegetables and legumes (black beans, navy beans, chickpeas, etc.) can be very helpful to make the stool soft and easier to pass. Make sure to work with your doctor on slowly weaning off paxil (paroxetine). ...Read more

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What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

What can I do for severe constipation in pregnancy? (Water, prunes, benefiber and colace (docusate sodium) don't work.)

Care with laxatives: This is often a challenging problem. It is likely aggravated by supplemental iron you are taking because you are anemic or iron in your prenatal vitamin. Do as much water as you can, add daily walking exercise of 45 minutes. A low dose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) may help. Talk with your doctor about switching to a lower dose supplement or taking vitamins with DHA, a nutrient that's also a stool softener. ...Read more

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Been constipated for 2 or 3 days. I took a Dulcolax this morning & it didn't work. So I took 2 teaspoons of benefiber and still no change. What to do?

Been constipated for 2 or 3 days. I took a Dulcolax this morning & it didn't work. So I took 2 teaspoons of benefiber and still no change. What to do?

Go on liquids: Diet only and eliminate caffeine and alcohol both of which contribute to constipation. Take some milk of magnesia 1-2 tbsp every 12 hours until cleaned out. If it feels like you have tool in the rectum, use either a glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). But you need to be thoroughly cleaned out in order to consider a colonoscopy, so do the above first and maintain a high fiber diet and drink 80oz/ ...Read more

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I am constipated from Gonal F (follitropin alfa) use for IVF treatment. Benefiber and hydration are not relieving the symptoms. Only 3 very small BMs in 7 days. Help!

Try this: Buy Fiber One ("the original" as it says on the box). Look at the nutritional information. It will say "14 grams of fiber per serving" which is 1/2 cup. Eat 1 cup every day. You can mix in other, more tasty cereals, or fruit to improve palatability. If you do this most every day, your constipation will improve and resolve after a few days. ...Read more

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Saw proctolgist 10 days ago he diagonosed w constaoation n internal hens.They r not bleeding n am eating softners n benefiber w sitz bath n proctosol?

Fiber is ok but: Your problem may not be not enough fiber but is much more likely inadequate fluid or excessive caffeine intake, which is a diuretic and will dehydrate you and contribute to constipation. You dont need benefiber if you are eating a diet with adequate fiber. In fact excess fiber and inadequate fluids can make the problem worse! do a self assessment on above. ...Read more

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My children are constipated constantly, 1 & 3. I add benfiber milk and it seems to help some. Both were on soy as baby, help?

My children are constipated constantly, 1 & 3.  I add benfiber milk and it seems to help some.  Both were on soy as baby, help?

Hard age to work wth: Constipation occurs if digestive debris moves too slowly thru the gut, has excessive moisture extracted &/or the kid decides to skip poos.Foods like apples, pasta, breads slow transit while juices speed it.Most parents stop rx too soon.Fiber or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) taken daily are fine for months at a time.A simple rx rule is to rx for twice the duration of the pbm.Recurrence is common until kid decides to help. ...Read more

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I have been using benifiber supplement for 6 months,helped me with constpation ,is it ok to continue using it daily?,does the stomach get used to it?

I have been using benifiber supplement for 6 months,helped me with constpation ,is it ok to continue using it daily?,does the stomach get used to it?

Benifiber: Fiber intake is beneficial if you are having constipation. Goal of 25-30 grams of fiber per day. You can consume about 10-15 grams of fiber through your diet and the other 10-15 grams via fiber supplement. Remember to titrate to goal. If start out too high can cause abdominal discomfort. Continue present regimen and you can use fiber on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Can benefiber chewables cause a different color in stools?

Can benefiber chewables cause a different color in stools?

Sometimes: Benefiber can sometimes trap bile acids. A variation in the amount of bile acids in your stool can cause a change in the color. It is not dangerous, and the benefits of fiber far outweigh any psychological concerns about what color your stools are! ** good luck! ...Read more

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Is benefiber safe to give to a him? (11 y.o)

Is benefiber safe to give to a him? (11 y.o)

Probably: There is a Benefiber product especially designed for children which simply has the wheat dextrin in it (still considered gluten free) without additional ingredients or supplements. It could be added to a child's food/beverage safely, I believe. However, I suggest increasing fiber in the child's diet would be a better initial approach. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

How long does it take for benefiber to get your digestive system going?

It depends.: It may take a few days however, constipation can also be due to not eating enough roughage, not drinking or exercising enough. Xanax (alprazolam) or other tranquilizers can further cause constipation. ...Read more

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Which is better benefiber or metimucil?

Which is better benefiber or metimucil?

Personal Preference: Both are fiber. One is not better than the other. It is personal preference which one you take. ...Read more

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Benefiber - is it good for diarrehea?

Benefiber - is it good for diarrehea?

Yes: Increasing the fiber in one's diet can help with diarrhea. It absorbs excess fluid in the bowel and can help to form the stool making diarrhea less. ...Read more

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What is the difference between citracel & benefiber?

Fiber: The difference is what u pay for each product. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take benefiber with water? If not, with what?

Is it recommended to take benefiber with water? If not, with what?

Fiber: Yes, you should take fiber with water. Make sure you take adequate amount of water. If not taking adequate amount of water with fiber, this will actually worsen your constipation. Rule of thumb: one table spoon in 8 oz of water. Don't take high volume of fiber at the start, this can cause excessive bloating. Titrate from low to tolerated. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take benefiber every day or a couple times a week for the rest of your life?

Is it ok to take benefiber every day or a couple times a week for the rest of your life?

Yes: we recommend 20-30 grams of dietary fiber per day for a better colon health. benefiber can be a great supplimental fiber that you can take daily as needed. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between Metamucil and Benefiber? Is one better than the other? Are they safe to use every day?

Is there a difference between Metamucil and Benefiber? Is one better than the other? Are they safe to use every day?

Different but the: Same - almost! Both are sources of fiber. Benefiber comes from wheat dextrin, while Metamucil comes from psyllium seed. One is not necessarily better than the other, you just have to see which one your body better tolerates. Be ware, Benefiber contains exceptional small amounts of gluten, so that may come into play for a very sensitive select few. Both can be used daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more