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11/30 I had a fundloplication & hernia repair. I have taken colace daily & M of M 45ml q12 hrs x 3 doses with no results. I am on oxycodone and in pain; can't take NSAIDS d/t interaction. Liquid diet for 4 weeks. What else can I do for constipation?
Many next steps: As long as you are not having abdominal pain, there are many further steps to take. However, be aware that on a liquid diet your bowel movements may change, and you should consult the treating physician. The easiest next step would be Miralax (has many generic forms too), and would start with one ounce, and go up from there as per the label directions. Magnesium citrate (one bottle) is another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the best.: Instead of using Colace (docusate sodium) a long term, a better approach would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet and consider a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, daily. When you do that, you should ramp up the fiber slowly, to avoid getting gassy, and you should increase the amount of fluid intake in addition. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is difference between taking magnezium 250mg a day or 2 docusate sodium a day, and how long should I stay on either one of them.
No wrong way.: Very safe up to 4 times per day. Docusate sodium is a soap which is not absorbed. There is no wrong way to take it. If you find that taking it in a certain way is better for you, by all means, continue. ...Read more
Maybe not, but...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Dulcolax: Dulcolax probably better in an acute situations with no bowel movements in few days. Colace (docusate sodium) is sometimes used on a daily basis for patients with a tendency to constipation and it takes longer for its effect. Given your age would suggest light exercise and good hydration along with a high fiber diet. ...Read more