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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read more

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What are gentle remedies for constipation?

What are gentle remedies for constipation?

Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read more

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My monther is a person who surfer from elderly constipation. How to do with it?thank you.

My monther is a person who surfer from elderly constipation. How to do with it?thank you.

Define problem pls: How do you define "constipation?" a medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. Is mother's abdomen distended, is there bleeding, weight loss, pain; acute or chronic? ...Read more

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Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Constipation: Best initial therapy is fiber, (metamucil, konsyl, citrucel, benefiber), drinking more water (at least 1 liter per day) and exercise. If this does not work, see a physician. ...Read more

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My dad is in 80's less then 140lbs and on Dilimiazem hcl for blood pressure360mg. Severe constipation. Is this dose too high for elderly. ?

My dad is in 80's less then 140lbs and on Dilimiazem hcl  for blood pressure360mg. Severe constipation. Is this dose too high for elderly.
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Depends (Cardizem): Dose depends how the blood pressure is controlled some times constipation is possible. With your dad's permission you should discuss with his doctor , who will be very happy to explain to you as most MD s love to see the family getting involved in their elderly patients care and give more hints to make your dod comfortable . ...Read more

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Is constipation common?

Is constipation common?

Yes: Yes, constipation is common. Many studies report a that 12-19% of the population suffer from constipation, but as high of 27% has been reported in some studies. ...Read more

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Constipation how to cure?

Constipation how to cure?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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How to remove constipation?

How to remove constipation?

Fiber/Water: Most constipation can be treated with fiber (like prunes) and proper hydration. Adding a stool softener may also be very effective. Save the laxatives for last and don't take more often then just a few days or laxative dependency may occur. If this does not worth see your healthcare provider a more potent form of laxitive. ...Read more

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How can I ease constipation?

How can I ease constipation?

Diet and fluids: High fiber diet, and at least 80-100 ounces of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, more if you exercise(20 ounces extra for every 30 min of strenuous activity) and more if you travel by planes frequently (20 ounces per hour of flying time). ...Read more

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