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What medical issues should I be concerned about if i am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

What medical issues should I be concerned about if i am having chronic constipation and miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives are not working?

Evaluation needed...: 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

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What can cause chronic constipation a whole year after gallbladder removal? I have tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives, nothing is working

What can cause chronic constipation a whole year after gallbladder removal? I have tried miralax (polyethylene glycol) and other laxatives, nothing is working

Chronic contipation: is probably not related to gallbladder surgery. You need to see a doctor to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? Im miserabl

36 weeks preg. Struggled whole pregnanvy w constipation. Milk of mag colace (docusate sodium) duralax nothing is working can I take a laxative in pill form? Im miserabl

Call your OB MD: It is essential that the OB MD who is treating your pregnancy manage your problems without interference from this forum, as he/she knows every aspect of your constipation issues. ...Read more

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I'm extremely constipated laxatives aren't working what can I do?

I'm extremely constipated laxatives aren't working what can I do?

Multiple options: Many treatments for constipation - glycerin suppository will give acute relief mineral oil is apowerful yet gentle way to clear up constipation (short term use only) long term: Increase soluble fiber, at least 2 tablespoons daily Colace (DSS) capsule twice daily also can help. ...Read more

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I have been constipated for 2 months now. Taken many laxatives that worked at first. Now none are working at all. Had lots of fluids. what can I do ?

Constipation: Be careful that you do not become dependent on the laxatives. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. If none are found, consider seeing a nutritionist. Do you exercise? A Chinese formula called "Cholinex" in English has Rhubarb in it and some folks find that a helpful non-drug approach. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid. ?

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them.Prune or apple juice(regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid.Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any non habit forming laxatives for constipation?

Are there any non habit forming laxatives for constipation?

Yes: There are different types of medicine for constipation. The best approach is to eat more fruit, fluids and fiber. Docusate is a stool softener that helps if stools are hard and there are vegetable laxative products that can help pass stool. ...Read more

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Are there any methods of solving constipation without laxatives?

Are there any methods of solving constipation without laxatives?

In addition: if currently constipated stay on a liquid diet only and take Mil of Magnesia 2 tbsp daily until completely cleared out then follow Dr Fowlers advice. eat healthy and you do not need to take fiber supplements such as Metamucil or fibercon ...Read more

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Is laxative good for constipation?

Is laxative good for constipation?

Yes: take them as needed. if constipation does not respond to over the counter laxatives, visit your doctor ...Read more

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