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How To Relieve Very Severe Constipation
Diet vs medication: There are lot of good medications available to help with constipation. The dose and safety will depend on the age of patient. Three steps to treat constipation: good initial clean out , then maintenance and then adjusting diet to help wean off and decrease use of medications. Some patients may need medications for a long time and that is okay depending on what meds they are on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Warning signs of a bowel obstruction? Is severe constipation still able to be relieved after 3-4wks w/o a bm?
Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not ?
Clean house.: First step is to have a "blow out." this can be started with manual disimpaction / enema and completed with a cathartic such as magnesium citrate. Afterwards you should start a program of additive agents such as senna / docusate and perhaps an osmotic agent depending upon the nature of your constipation. The goal is one formed bm/day. ...Read more
Constipation : Most importantly, drink plenty of fluids. At least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day is recommended. Add fiber to your diet such as bran, prunes and vegetables. Exercise everyday. If you continue to have a problem, add a fiber product such as Benefiber or Metamucil. If you do not get relief, try Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
Medication and diet: Severe constipation can be treated effectively with medications but also it is important to make sure there is no underlying condition presenting as constipation e.G of condition : thyroid disease, irritable bowel, celiac disease. There are both over the counter medications and prescribed medications that can help relieve symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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