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I can't defecate for almost 2 years now without medication (bisacodyl), Doctor said it's cuz of hormonal imbalance. What should I do?
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Few options: Osmotic laxatives are the safest to use on a regular basis if needed and they are available by rx - lactulose, or otc - mom (milk of magnesia), miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stool softners eg. Colace or fiber supplements eg. Metamucil, benefiber may also help. You should be trying to eat 30 grams of fiber per day along with drinking 64+ ounces of water per day. Good luck! ...Read more
Different: These are different drugs with different mechanism of actions. It is like comparing an apple to an orange. Biscodyl is a stimulant laxative directly working on the smooth muscles of the intestines. Docusate is simply a stool softener working by allowing increased absorption of fat and water. ...Read more
Similar effect: Biscodyl is fairly safe chemical available in tablet, suppository & enema form. Acts directly on colonic nerves to stumulate contractions which lead to mechanical expulsion of stool. Also have effect of increasing fluid & sodium secretion in bowel. Sennosides r derived from senna leaves, available in tablet or liquid form, is converted into bowel contraction stimulant form by colonic bacteria. ...Read more
Yes: Would depend on the clinical situation, but would be best to check with your doctor. ...Read more
Other options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more
Yes, but: What are you treating? Bisacodyl is a laxative. Bentyl (dicyclomine) is an antispasmodic. To some extent the laxative would cause cramps to cause a movement and ease constipation. If this is your primary problem then you should just take the laxative. If cramps is the primary problem and you are not constipated, you don't need a laxative. ...Read more
It is ok to take: No reason not to take your analgesics. ...Read more
Many options: There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more
Probably not: Stool softeners, like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak, CAN be taken pretty much indefinitely, but bisacodyl is a stimulant, and there is good and long-standing evidence that continuous long-term use of such drugs produce a "lazy bowel, " so that the bowel cannot react normally. Eventually people can't have bowel movements without the med, and tolerance develops. So, I wouldn't recommend it. Find the cause ...Read more
How does the dosage compare Bisacodyl vs Senna? Ex. 5mg Bisacodyl would be equivalent to how much Senna?
Doesn't matter: If one medication is working well, why change? If it is not working well, and you want to switch or add the other one start at the recommended starting dose for that specific medication. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I have not had a bm in 7 days. I have the pressure to go but when trying...nothing!! I have taken 2 otc laxatives (Correctol) and Miralax yesterday and still NOTHING!! What can I do at this point?? Even went to chiropractor for sciatic pressure and he as
I have been getting constipated a lot lately. I took some correctol and I had a bowel movement but with lots if cramping. Is there anything milder?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily forces you to use the bathroom but let's you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more
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Bisacodyl is a stimulant type of laxative meant to be used for short term constipation and/or
part of a prep for a procedure such as colonoscopy. In no way is this medication or similar laxatives part of a weight loss program. Unfortunately, some patients use laxatives and cause physical and emotional harm to themselves. You will not lose body fat by the use of laxatives; please consult your doc. ...Read more
Friend pranked me with bisacodyl. Have had diarrhea all day. Thought it was over, came back. How long should this last? So not funny. *sigh*
Dx linzess, PriorAuth denied, unsure w/staff put down discussed meds I had tried w/dr, ands all, bisacodyl only help, insur says try MagCitrate, isit EpsonS?
Common problem: Pharmacy benefit managers have a stepwise list of medications to try before an expensive or prescription medication becomes "covered". You can buy the new medication for cash, or try the whole list to qualify- just make sure the trial is documented. Doctors try to answer the questions to reflect medical necessity, unfortunately the forms don't allow much room for discussion. Good luck. ...Read more
Oh my gosh: Why would you do that? That isn't a good idea. See that you have had all kinds of GI studies - please discuss this with your GI health provider. ...Read more
No: It should not impact your reproductive system at all ...Read more
Stop: The laxatives cause the intestinal tract to move your stools and you may be experiencing spasms. Allow time for the meds to wear off. If the pain gets worse you should have it evaluated. ...Read more
Yes: Companies sell these products and make money at it. It is safe to assume someone has used these products for their intended purpose. ...Read more