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What's a fiber laxative?

What's a fiber laxative?

A laxative based on: It is a laxative based on high fiber, which you could get by eating a healthy died - and it's cheaper. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Do you think I should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

Do you think I should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

Fiber: Laxative r a stimulant & u will b come dependent on them where as fiber is a natural way 2 ur colon 2 absorb more h2o & that softens ur stool. Also remain well hydrated. Urinating seldom during the day & dark urine means u need more h2o. More often & almost clear color means good hydration. Stay away from stimulants. ...Read more

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I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

Flax seed: Flax seed is indeed an excellent source of fiber, whether eaten whole on cereal or salad or washed down with water. Some recommend the ground form to enhance absorption of nutrients—omega 3's & lignans, which, when converted by body into phytoestrogens, may help prevent breast, colon, & prostate cancer. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol levels. If you have diverticulosis, be careful with seed form. ...Read more

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I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

Chronic constipation: For how long? Opioids / anticholinergics? Drink 2.5 -3 liters /day, combo of water /gatorade. Juice? Also 1-2 glassesf prune juice /day Consider Sitz study where they have you swallow markers and over 5 days see how many you release in stool, if few are released it means the bowel is moving too slow. Or may have congential absence of muscularis in some colon section. F/u w/ gastroenterology ...Read more

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Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Any laxative that can be taken regularly other than fiber pills? Those make it worse for me, and I've heard its bad to continue to use stimulant laxtiv

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is over-the-counter and safe for long-term use for constipation. Make sure that the underlying cause of your constipation has however been evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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What are good ways to help with chronic constipation? I've done fiber, enamas, laxatives.

Change diet: Try a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Every morning when you wake up drink 32 ounces of water. It's ok if it takes you 15-20 minutes to do this. Try to drink another 32 ounces of water through out the rest of the day. This should jump start your digestive tract and get it functioning properly. If this doesn't work after 3-4 days I suggest you see an MD ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

See a GI DR for a: Colonoscopy to check for pathology -? Polyps. Your narcotic medications may contribute to your constipation. Consider to stop or cut down. Take care! ...Read more

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When I eat fiber I need laxative for BM. Why is it when I have hardly any fiber I don't seem to need one? I also drink 90 oz water daily.

When I eat fiber I need laxative for BM. Why is it when I have hardly any fiber I don't seem to need one? I also drink 90 oz water daily.

Fiber: Some fiber is soluble (digestible)and some, like Apple skins, raw veg are insoluble (nondigestible)and lead to more active bowel movements. I am surprised that even soluble fiber would make you constipated. You drink enough fluids for good bowel function. It's best to avoid chronic laxative use. Perhaps taking Metamucil and a stool softener daily would regulate you better. Senokot stimulates bowels. ...Read more

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I'm healthy and good fiber diet but constipated and laxatives never work on me. Modafinil only thing that works, how come? What properties cause this?

I'm healthy and good fiber diet but constipated and laxatives never work on me. Modafinil only thing that works, how come? What properties cause this?

Too much: caffeine or alcohol and not enough other fluids. You need 80-100oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid every day, more if you do strenuous exercise or do strenuous work raising heart and respiratory rates ...Read more

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I abused laxatives for many years and now don't want to use them, have tried fiber and probiotics, and feel the need to go but can't, How do I get regula?

I abused laxatives for many years and now don't want to use them, have tried fiber and probiotics, and feel the need to go but can't, How do I get regula?

Cathartic colon: With "cathartic colon" you may have anal or rectal trauma, a large hemorrhoid or fissure causing hesitancy, pelvic floor dysfunction with altered rectal function, colonic inertia with slow transit, irritable bowel syndrome, procto-colitis (infectious, inflammatory, ischemic), extrinsic impression against gut, lots more. Your doctor has treatment options to help. ...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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If I've stopped misusing laxatives in the last few months in ED recovery but found I can't BM normally, will fiber supplements/Metamucil help?

If I've stopped misusing laxatives in the last few months in ED recovery but found I can't BM normally, will fiber supplements/Metamucil help?

Congratulations: On becoming free of laxative abuse. Your system needs to adjust to life w/out them because it used to think that was normal. Please adjust under the care of your doctor, who will offer safe and helpful treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

Go see your doctor: Because you live in australia, I don't know what's available over there with (out) a prescription so best to go see your doctor (who can also check for hypothyroidism). Avoid older antihistamines which can lead to constipation & urinary retention. Lots of different laxatives. Consider polyethylene glycol (available here in states w/o prescription), magnesium citrate, lactulose, senna, etc. ...Read more

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How does fiber work differently from other laxatives such as magnesium and vitamin c?

How does fiber work differently from other laxatives such as magnesium and vitamin c?

Think "sponges.": Dietary fiber, especially Metamucil, acts like microscopic sponges in the intestines. If there is diarrhea, fiber absorbs the extra liquid and gives more form to the stool. If there is constipation, it attracts more free water into the bowel to lubricate the stool. Either way, this extra roughage has a normalizing effect to the quality of stool form. ...Read more

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Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result?
Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice?
Have you consulted with your doctor (to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more

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I am on dialysis. I cannot stand those fiber drinks. Can I take 2 colaces (docusate sodium) a day? I know the gastrointerologist does not like using laxatives.

I am on dialysis. I cannot stand those fiber drinks. Can I take 2 colaces (docusate sodium) a day? I know the gastrointerologist does not like using laxatives.

Ask Doctor: Colace can have added sodium (docusate sodium) in it, and your nephrologist may not want you taking things that can upset your electrolytes, even if it's such a small dose through your stool softener. So, consult with him/her first, and then you'll have peace of mind. Instead of the laxative drink, you maybe could do it naturally eating organic greens/vegetables instead. ...Read more

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Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Ever since I was a baby I've had bowel problems but every doctor I go to tells me to take laxatives and eat fiber but it doesn't help?

Refer To GI Doctor: Need more details. Please re-submit your question and include age, describe your "bowel problems" in detail so that we can analyze your symptoms. Were you given a diagnosis? The more information you can give us, the better. Have you had any tests done? Constipation since infancy can occur in certain congenital anomalies of the GI tract. Discuss with your doctor about referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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I have hard and dry stools despite tripling my fiber intake (wh grain, metam, flaxsd). But laxatives do provide relief. Could it still be cancer?

I have hard and dry stools despite tripling my fiber intake (wh grain, metam, flaxsd). But laxatives do provide relief. Could it still be cancer?

Not cancer: Hard stools suggest that small bowel content resides in colon long periods absorbing out all fluid. Not necessary to over use fiber intake. Rather normal diet and use of stool softener like Colace (docusate sodium) should be tried. On occasion Fleets enema could be of value. ...Read more

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Part of my ED recovery was ending daily laxative abuse (12-14 a day). How can I rebuild my health from the effects of said abuse? I still need to use various fiber supplements, and Metamucil regularly in order to have regular BMs, are these as bad?

Part of my ED recovery was ending daily laxative abuse (12-14 a day). How can I rebuild my health from the effects of said abuse? I still need to use various fiber supplements, and Metamucil regularly in order to have regular BMs, are these as bad?

Laxatives: Congrats on the progress you've made. Please see a gastroenterologist for guidance as you continue. Also, please see a nutritionist to learn what diet is best for you. These two factors together can go a long way to helping you make even more progress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

What do you do if you're eating fiber and takeing laxatives and still have no bowel movements?

H20: Have you been taking in enough water. If you take in lots of fiber with inadequate water, it can make the problem worse. Recommend hydrating well. If otc laxatives are not working, consider consulting with your physician. ...Read more

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Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

Haven't had a bowel movement in 9 days. What do I do? Have tried laxatives as well as fiber bars, nothing is working.

It: It is crucial you seek medical attention. The constipation can be due to a bowel obstruction, which is best described by a small or large blockage in the intestines. Continued obstruction can cause a perforation of the bowels - where the fecal matter punctures the intestines. This can be life threatening. I recommend going to an urgent care or emergency room. If the constipation can not be relieved with enemas or other treatments, further tests, such as abdominal xray or ultrasounds studies will need to be performed. Get help. ...Read more