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How much prune juice to drink for constipation?

How much prune juice to drink for constipation?

How long?: Prune juice is a New Orleans remedy, that also when I can't find a stomach doctor, to assist my patient.
I always thought 6 to 8 oz, to be enough.
The reason I am answering this question without knowing the answer is, Many a times I had to beg, with folded hands to my patients not to report me to Licensing Board because C got to D.
In California, there are other exotic treatments.
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After drinking prune juice, had a LARGE BM after dealing with constipation for weeks, now lower back is sore and or in pain, that normal?

Could be...: It could be that after having constipation for so long your abdominal organs are still sore. Make sure you keep eating a diet high in fibers and water so if there is still some hard stools contained your body disposes of them. If you develop severe abdominal pain or get sicker make sure you get seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it that everytime I drink prune juice for constipation I have to run to the bathroom with horrible painful diarreah and gas?

Why is it that everytime I drink prune juice for constipation I have to run to the bathroom with horrible painful diarreah and gas?

Osmotic laxative: Prune naturally contains sorbitol which has a mild laxative action. Prunes also contain large amounts of phenolic compounds (e.g. Neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids), which are also though to have laxative properties. Once the cause of your constipation is diagnosed, a non-osmotic laxative may work better for you. Or simply eat a prune or two. ...Read more

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I have trouble with my bowel and at times get constipated. Will drinking prune juice help and of so how often?

Look at your diet: Make sure you have at least 5-7 servings of cooked vegetables, and also some fruit to increase your ruffle in your diet. Processed foods can lead to constipation. Prune juice can help, but get to the cause and address it. Also make sure you drink enough liquids and exercise. These will help you have regular BM. Avoid sugary & diet drinks, desserts, fast/fried foods too. Eat whole organic foods. ...Read more

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Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped. I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods. I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped. I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods. I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Enema/water: At this point I suggest that you try a Fleet's enema which you can buy at the pharmacy. Continue the miralax (polyethylene glycol) nightly. The colace is not likely to help much but adding a fiber supplement, walking daily for at least 30 minutes and drinking at least 3 liters of water daily could also help. If this does not work then you may need to see a doctor for a medical intervention. ...Read more

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My bowel movements are very weak right now. I sometimes have to drink prune juice or something to help me poop. Am I constipated?

It stools are: Hard, dry ; difficult to pass - you are likely constipated. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. 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. ...Read more

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How to get rid of severe constapation? I've tried almost everything and prune juice works but I'm not back to normal. I have to drink that to regular

How to get rid of severe constapation? I've tried almost everything and prune juice works but I'm not back to normal. I have to drink that to regular

Here's a tip: Do get with your physician on this. Be sure you are not hypothyroid and be sure you do not have undiagnosed porphyria. Beyond this, stay well-hydrated and get enough fiber in your diet; milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is a safer laxative for you. ...Read more

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How much prune juice can or should I drink for constipation if pregnant?

How much prune juice can or should I drink for constipation if pregnant?

2-4 ounces to start: I don't know of a harmful or toxic dose of prune juice, but in my experience 2 ounces or so daily is often effective for constipation. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to give a 5 1/2 month baby prune juice for constipation? If so, how much do I give?

Is it healthy to give a 5 1/2 month baby prune juice for constipation? If so, how much do I give?

Yes: Dilute or baby strength prune juice and 1-2 oz may help. Follow up with your MD as needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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21 months old has severe constipation. How much Prune juice can I give her and is it ok to give daily?

21 months old has severe constipation. How much Prune juice can I give her and is it ok to give daily?

What is constipation: This word means something different to different people. There is a great deal of variation in the frequency of stools between different babies and even for one baby. I've seen healthy children go two weeks without a stool! What is most important is how a child acts and eats. If stools are irregular but their character is normal this can be normal. But constipation can be a sign of serious illness ...Read more

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How much prune juice will help relive my constipation?

How much prune juice will help relive my constipation?

May or may not help: Prunes/juice can help, but it does not work for everyone. I have never seen or heard of prune-overdose, so enjoy as many as you wish. If not better in 2-3 days, try miralax, (polyethylene glycol) fibercon, senokot-s, colace, Metamucil etc... For quicker relief, enema may help. Occasional use of milk-of-magnesia or mag-citrate for really-backed-up cases. If persistent, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How good is prune juice for constipation?

How good is prune juice for constipation?

Very good: Prune juice or prunes with plenty of water, better yet drink the prune juice warm. ...Read more

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How fast does prune juice work for constipation?

Fast: Within 1-2 hours faster if you drink it warm. ...Read more

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My son is experiencing constipation. Can I use pedialyte to treat this? Or apple or prune juice?

My son is experiencing constipation. Can I use pedialyte to treat this? Or apple or prune juice?

Prune Juice: I would recommend prune juice for constipation as a first step. It is always important to discuss it with your pediatrician, be sure he has a normal exam and is followed correctly. Prune juice is a good start. ...Read more

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What is safe besides suppositories to treat constipation? How to make going easier? Prune juice safe at this age?

Constipation.: I can't tell your age from your profile, but prune juice is generally safe. A good first start would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, and perhaps adding a fiber supplement such as Metamucil. When you do this, you need to increase the amount of liquid in your diet also. If this does not help after several weeks, then you should see your doctor for further plans. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is prune juice (maybe 1/2 cup) okay for a recovery diet for diverticulitis to avoid constipation, instead of taking OTC stuff?

Prune juice: Prune juice may work just as well. If you don't find relief then you can go roth over the counter. Make sure you drink plenty of water and walk around ...Read more

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How can I stop constipation problems for my 9 month old who takes enfamil ar and prune juice?

How can I stop constipation problems for my 9 month old who takes enfamil ar and prune juice?

CONSTIPATION: 9 month old baby with constipation, already on prune juice? Baby needs fiber in his diet. He has to be fed with more fruits and veggie, fluids and juice between feedings. Less rice cereal, bananas and apples. ...Read more

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I drank 2 glasses of warm prune juice, but still no effect on constipation. It's been like 4 hours now, what's wrong?

Constipation: Chronic constipation can be associated with such diseases as Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, or obstruction due to tumor or inflammation. If this is the first time you have been constipated it most likely is a result of not drinking enough fluids. You can take milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) and or metamucil to increase the fiber in your system. If it persists see your doctor. ...Read more

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Would you consider glycerin suppositories safer for me then prune juice for constipation since prune juice causes excessive Diarreah?

Would you consider glycerin suppositories safer for me then prune juice for constipation since prune juice causes excessive Diarreah?

Constipation care: The best way to manage constipation is with a daily regimen that keeps you regular. For many reasons it is not good to wait until you are very constipated, then take something to treat it. The best medication to use, which is safe to use every day, is glycolax. Use glycolax daily, consume plenty of fiber and drink lots of water. Avoid suppositoty use unless you are severely constipated. ...Read more

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