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Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Can you take philips mom or other laxatives when you have diverticulitis?

Cautiously: I would not use anything stronger than mom as you risk bowel perforation. Try liquid diet only for several days. Often with diverticulitis the bowel is swollen and it is difficult to pass firm stool through the area of inflammation. Check with your doctor or the physician managing your diverticulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012. She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon. Is she to old? She is healthy

My mom has had diverticulitis since february, 2012.  She is 85 and the gostrologist is suggesting surgery on her colon.  Is she to old? She is healthy

No: There is no age that is too old. I have done much larger and more serious operations on patients her elder and they have done fine. It all has to do with her overall health status. And .... It depend on how much your mom wants it. Maybe she's tired and doesn't want to deal with it. It's ultimately up to her - but her age does not preclude her from surgery. ...Read more

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Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis..kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped..could I loss her?

Mom's in ICU with diverticulitis perforated colon and septis..kidney failure and not waking up once sedation was stopped..could I loss her?

I am so sorry: I am sorry for your situation. Perforated colon due to diverticulitis causing sepsis and kidney failure is very serious. Has she had surgery? or are they attempting to treat without surgery. As a specialty surgeon who has managed many of these situations I can tell you it is possible to survive this. Please do not hesitate to make sure all of the doctors are communicating with you/your family. ...Read more

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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more

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My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD and was prescribed with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

My mom recently had an egd and colonoscopy, and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, internal hemorrhoids and GERD  and was prescribed  with canasa. She has bouts of abdominal pain but goes away. She takes Zantac and omeprazole as needed. Is canasa really n

Canasa for hems too: I use Canasa for internal hemorrhoids, to decrease bleeding. Are you sure she had diverticulitis, or was it diverticulosis? Diverticulitis is a potentially serious infection. Diverticulosis is the presence of pockets in the colon without infection. Most likely, she has diverticulosis, or they would have started her on a specific diet and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Both are fine: Most physicians can treat diverticulitis, but the most important thing is to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. If you have an episode of diverticulitis, it is often recommended to have a colonoscopy at some point afterwards though, and this should be done by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Is it better to take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and amaxacilian  together instead of stopping the amaxacilian 1/2 through to help diverticulitis?

Please don't...: Out-patient management of diverticulitis will typically involve antibiotics by mouth that will cover gut bacteria that can grow in the presence or absence of oxygen. Most likely, you are switching from amoxicillin-clavulanate to ciprofloxacin+metronidazole. Taking amox and Cipro is not recommended since it's inadequate coverage and can increase the risk of a bacterial infection called "c. Diff ". ...Read more

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I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. bad headach?

I had an attach of diverticulitis yesterday. Am on hoidays overseas andvstarted take ibilex 500 together with metrogyl given by my doctor. bad headach?

Diverticulitis: I would think the headache is associated with your diverticulitis and stress associated with your being away from home. I would suggest that you take the medication prescribed by your doctor and take Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylinol for your headache.If that does. Not help I would see a physician ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Laxative (Definition)

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