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Coffee, particularly caffeine is one of the culprits that causes constipation. But what about tea then?

Coffee, particularly caffeine is one of the culprits that causes constipation. But what about tea then?

Both ways: Caffeine usually stimulates the large bowel. Depending on the individual situation caffeine can actually cause, relieve, worsen or prevent constipation. Most tea also has caffeine.Tea also has theophylline which has a dehydrating effect on stools, resulting in worsening constipation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am suffering from constipation and I am taking Thyroxine 75mg for my thyroid , I drink less than 8 liters/day of water, lots of tea/coffee, I am 4?

I am suffering from constipation and I am taking Thyroxine 75mg for my thyroid , I drink  less than 8  liters/day of water, lots of tea/coffee, I am 4?

?constipation?: Most common reason reason for constipation is diet. Make a diet diary of what you eat every day and slowly eliminate those foods known to cause constipation. Common foods which do are rice, all grains, milk, bananas. If no relief see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I haven't been able to poop for 9 days now. I've drank coffee, tea, eaten bananas, cranberries and even taken 3 constipation pills. Is this serious?

I haven't been able to poop for 9 days now. I've drank coffee, tea, eaten bananas, cranberries and even taken 3 constipation pills. Is this serious?

Obstipation: I recommend that you be examined if this is an unusual bowel problem for you. Concerning symptoms would be abdominal cramping and dissension, vomiting and complete absence of any stool for all those days. After your physician or a gastroenterologist rules out any intestinal obstruction, you may be prescribed a laxative and/ or rectal suppository or enema. ...Read more

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I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. Whats wrong with me?

I have had severe nausea for a over a week and just had vomit that looks like coffee grounds and constipation with black stool. Whats wrong with me?

Nausea, dark stools,: Sounds like you have a disorder with your stomach. Most likely either inflammation of the lining ( gastritis) or an ulcer. You should see your physician. An upper endoscopy will probably be ordered. In the meantime stop any alcohol, Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication intake and start over the counter pepsid, Prilosec or Zantac (ranitidine) ...Read more

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I am having constipation issues and need help i have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular i drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

I am having constipation issues and need help
i have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular i drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

Can make changes: Try switching to a less constipating form of iron (e.g., ferrous bisglycinate) and try to moderate consumption of diuretic drinks like coffee/oj. Magnesium and vitamin c supplementation can also help with constipation (although mg+ can interfere with calcium absorption if you're low). For vit c, start with buffered powder, add a heaping 1/2 tsp to water/juice, & increase by 1/2 tsp/day until ok. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, upset stomach, diarrhea and constipation, period came regular but almost no cramps, hCG test negative, coffee smell sickening now?

Shortness of breath, upset stomach, diarrhea and constipation, period came regular but almost no cramps, hCG test negative, coffee smell sickening now?

Time to see a doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without a more detailed history, physical examination, and may be lab tests. Aversion to usual foods suggests liver inflammation. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I feel like I've been constipated for a while. I drank coffee now I can't stay off the toilet, will that do that? If so why?

I feel like I've been constipated for a while. I drank coffee now I can't stay off the toilet, will that do that? If so why?

For many people: Coffee stimulates the colon, causing you to have a bowel movement. A lot of people use it as a failsafe way to have a bowel movement every morning. If you need coffee to have a bowel movement, then you need to get more fluids and eat more fiber. You should aim to have a bowel movement at least daily without using stimulants such as coffee and laxatives. The effect is temporary. ...Read more