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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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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? I'm 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? I'm 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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Constipation 1 month hurts when I walk heart rate 53 nausea vomiting not feeling good at all laxatives not working

Constipation 1 month hurts when I walk heart rate 53 nausea vomiting not feeling good at all laxatives not working

? impaction?: If you have not had a bowel movement in one month and laxatives have failed, you need to be evaluated immediately at the ER. Long term constipation unresponsive to laxatives, suggests an impaction in the large bowel which can be an emergency with risk of colonic wall rupture or anal fissures. You should have an ER evaluation with imaging of your colon to confirm diagnosis. ...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?

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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I have been constipated for about a week now and am in a lot of pain and have tried many different laxatives, eating tons of fiber, working out, and e?

I have been constipated for about a week now and am in a lot of pain and have tried many different laxatives, eating tons of fiber, working out, and e?

Constipation: If your have a strong urge to have a bowel movement but can't, insert a rectal dulcolax suppository or a fleets enema. If you have no urge to have a BM and have no abdominal distension or severe cramps, take a laxative by mouth (cascara, fleets phosphosoda, miralax, etc). If no results you may need manual disimpaction by a nurse or physician. It's best to see your physician if you are in distress ...Read more

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Got constipated for 7 days, tried using laxatives but it just was not working, after having overdosed and only got relieve on day 10? I have seen a physician and think it's a normal bacteria and I should continue using laxatives.

Got constipated for 7 days, tried using laxatives but it just was not working, after having overdosed and only got relieve on day 10? I have seen a physician and think it's a normal bacteria and I should continue using laxatives.

Doctor's advice +: Fiber and water. Please follow your doctor's advice.
In addition to that you may wish to increase your intake of fiber and water. For fiber foods visit this site:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Diagnosis needed: I would be concerned about a possible incomplete mechanical obstruction in your intestinal tract in view of symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.it may be an irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation, however. Nevertheless I recommend a thorough evaluation by a gastroenterologist who will order appropriate tests and, if advisable, refer to an abdominal surgeon for evaluation ...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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What are some laxative foods for constipation?

What are some laxative foods for constipation?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! ...Read more

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How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

Generally I am: Not in favor of chronic laxative use. A hi fiber diet along with 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day usually corrects the problem. You are approaching the age for colon screening and if the above doesn't work for you after trying for 2 weeks minimum, you may be a candidate for a colonoscopy even at age 46 or at least an evaluation. Tlk with a colon and rectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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Could it be okay to take a laxative for constipation?

Yes, but don't make: It a habit. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Constipation for 7 days. Took laxatives for 6 days n nothing?

See: Your doctor. Taking laxatives with no results could be a problem. Worry about an obstruction. See your doctor to get on a proper schedule ...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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Can you explain if it's safe to take a laxative for constipation?

Can you explain if it's safe to take a laxative for constipation?

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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When are laxatives good for constipation and when are the dangerous?

Short term: Laxatives are good in the short run but bad when you rely them all the time because they train the bowel expect that extra "nudge" and then they don't work without it. Instead, use bulking foods: high fiber cereals like fiber one and all bran which you can safely take (and should take) every day. ...Read more

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What can cause bad constipation-help! Should I try natural laxatives?

What can cause bad constipation-help! Should I try natural laxatives?

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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What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

What is the best thing to take for cronic constipation other than laxatives?

Fluids: Drinking 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated non alcoholic fluid daily will correct most chronic constipation issues in 2-3 weeks, but you have to continue the regimen from that point on. ...Read more

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Constipation for 1 1/2 years and no amount of laxatives have worked. What do I do??

Constipation for 1 1/2 years and no amount of laxatives have worked. What do I do??

Seek professional: You may have a more complex problem, such as rectal sphincter problems. You may need more studies done (blood tests, xrays, and / or a colonoscopy). ...Read more

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Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

For constipation: Take Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortable bowel movement (BM) the next day, take 4 tablets the next night. You can continue to increase the dose by 2 tablets every night until it works. It is safe and effective to continue taking the dose that works every night. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can I take another?

What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can I take another?

Liquids only: And take a tbspoon of mom and mineral oil every 12 hours. Should clean out in 24-48 hours. If stool in rectum use glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) from below. Do not eat solid food untlil you are completely cleaned out and avoid getting to this point in the future by eating and drinking properly. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

What is the best way to deal with faecal impaction? In terms of chronic to severe type of constipation. Except laxatives.

It's complicated!: Impaction has many causes; functional, anatomic, medication or diet-induced, so get checked first. Your doc may recommend fiber, gentle laxatives, even enemas after ruling out more severe problems but a thorough exam is necessary first! ...Read more

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Are all laxatives really effective for constipation?

Are all laxatives really effective for constipation?

Yes: Sometimes you need to take larger doses. And occasionally need to combine them (as different types work differently on your body). ...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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