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Causes And Treatment Of Constipation
I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Can a dsmo w/ lidocaine and sodium bicarbonate treatment cause constipation?
Flush thruough fiber: Please flush through with lots of fluids, which can be critical to prevent constipation, and a good fiber laxative will help promote motility of the colon to help expel the seeds.....Perhaps MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (available over the counter) would help clear the colon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please tell me which form of iron causes the least constipation as a treatment for anaemia.
IV iron: IV iron does not pass through your GI system so it is least constipating. However, IV iron is only used for very severe iron deficiency anemia that is life-threatening. For mild stable iron deficiency anemia, oral iron supplements are used. Liquid iron may be less constipating than iron pills. Talk with your primary care doctor for more advice. ...Read more
Will linzess for constipation cause me electrolyte imbalance? Should electrolytes be periodically checked upon starting treatment?
Should not: There have been no significant electrolyte abnormalities with chronic Linzess use. ...Read more
Experiencing episodic constipation over course of 2 months & now struggling w/ uncontrollable episodic contracting of sphincter. Causes? Treatments?
Constipation Rx: usually begins with diet and lifestyle changes: increase fiber intake, drink A LOT of water, exercise nearly daily, defecate when you feel urge. Laxatives are next step: fiber supplements (psyllium, methyl cellulose) are safest. Lubricants/mineral oil may help, or stool softeners. Osmotic laxatives help fluids move through colon: milk of magnesia, MiraLax (polyethylene glycol). Then, prescriptions: see your Doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Most of the time...: ...High-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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