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Gentle Laxative Medication
Plumbing Fixes: Diet changes: get plenty fiber by eating fruits&veggies, whole grains, oatmeal, psyllium or flaxseed, metamucil. Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid daily. Take over the counter docusate, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or bisacodyl. Good luck with your plumbing. Hope it helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet and exercise : Lots of fruits and vegetables, more plain water, and keep moving, if that doesn't help see your doctor for evaluation, best wishes ...Read more
I've been having medication provoked constipation for the last 6 wks. I've used
a laxative once weekly since. Cant move
my bowels without. Stop?
Talk to your doctor: Whether you should stop your medication depends on the severity of the problem the medication is treating, what other options might be available and how hard you have tried to take care of your constipation. Are you eating a good diet, drinking enough water? Have you tried an over the counter such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (generic would be ok). Have you talked with your doctor about the constipation? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?
I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?
Have not pooped in 5 days. Took 2 laxative still nothing. What should I do ?Recently had a dnc surgery 5 days ago. Not on any other medications.
Constipated: If you have the urge to move your bowels but can't, using a rectal suppository of a gentle enema does the trick. If you have no urge to go, a stronger laxative may be needed. If there is abdominal distension, abdominal pain or tenderness or vomiting, get professional exam and help which may included disimpaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there anything I can take to ease severe gut pain until I can get a laxative or other medication from a doctor?
Left sided pain?: Causes of abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved. In females: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Also, fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Severe pain warrants urgent evaluation, not masking symptoms. ...Read more
How effective are over-the-counter constipation medications? I have constipation and want to save money on treatment. How safe and effective are over-the-counter laxatives?
Sir,what to do when one's blood-pressure falls to 99/65 (age-35yrs) by taking polyethylene glycol 3350 powder for oral solution 17g once at bedtime for merely 5 days?..already discontinued the above medication but am prescribed another laxative lactito
Dehydration: Polyethylene glycol 3350 is an osmotic diuretic, previously used to prepare bowel for colonoscopy. Low blood pressure can be due to dehydration which can, in turn, result from osmotic diuresis. Best to rehydrate w/plenty of fluids, enough to make urine clear. If no better, tell prescribing doc your concerns. ...Read more
Any alternative for active medication in miralax (polyethylene glycol) that is not in powder form. Is it save to take laxatives with possible bowel obstruction/ impaction?
Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?
Work-up appropriate: Before you contemplate longterm 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
Can i take valium, synthroid, (thyroxine) and percocet with Dulcolax sensitive stomache for women for constipation? I am afraid to mix and i only this laxative available and I have not defecated pain medication.
Yes: However, am concerned about combination of valium and percocet. Both are sedating and can mix in a deadly cocktail. Very worrisome. Percocet is the cause of constipation--any way to cut back or talk to doctor about alternative pain control measures? Increase fluids, fiber, consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is gentle and effective too. Dulcolax tends to cause cramping; less so with miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 days without bowel movement due to medications. Laxatives & prune juice aren't working. What should I do? (I am working away so can't see GP)
Stop the meditations: That seems to be the obvious choice ...Read more
6 days no bowel movement due to NECESSARY medications for illnesses I have. Laxatives & prune juice not worked. What should I do? (I am away so no GP)
Constipation: Without knowing what medications you are taking, it is difficult to give advice to avoid interactions with your meds. Be sure you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Try fiber like methylcellulose or high fiber foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Over the counter stool softeners might help - docusate. Avoid bananas and white rice - constipating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I do not have complete evacuation of stool and need a laxative that works over night but gentle. what do you suggest?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter stool softener which can be mixed with water or juice. Follow the dilution directions on the bottle exactly, as most stool softeners and fiber supplements will only work as they are intended if they are ingested with appropriate fluid amounts. ...Read more
If you dont know you'r pregnant and do drugs like Mdma, ampthetamin, and laxatives the first month, can you still get a healthy baby?
I took 2 gentle laxatives I've never had This problem before but now I am cramping every so often before I have to go and it is a tad painful?
Bowel cramps: Laxatives stimulate bowel action, and you are feeling it. This is a good symptom that tells you the medicine is working. Drink water to stay hydrated and wait for the laxatives to work. (Hollow organs give you cramping sensations; solid organs give you more constant discomfort.) ...Read more
What are some drug free relief medicines for chronic constipation? I don't want to live with laxatives. I eat very healthy. 31 years old female
Start simple, but...: Docusate (per PDR) helps moisten &soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe &available for anyone over 2, &assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Please note that change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation ...Read more
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