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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Stool Softener (Definition)

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Two days fasting / preparing before colonoscopy/endoscopy and now three days constipated. What should I do? Should i take laxative?

Two days fasting / preparing  before colonoscopy/endoscopy and now three days constipated. What  should I do? Should i take laxative?

Not sure: Your colon was likely cleaned out completely for the procedure. Not going to the bathroom is not really constipation as its defined by hard bowel movement with lots of straining involved. Unless you have abd pain or distention i wouldnt be too worried about it. Try some prune juice and if that doesnt help you can try over the counter miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you have hist of constip start taking a stool softe. ...Read more

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I have been constipated for 5 days now, tried increasing water, 3 days of laxatives and stool softeners. Strained so hard have hemorrhoids, help?

I have been constipated for 5 days now, tried increasing water, 3 days of laxatives and stool softeners. Strained so hard have hemorrhoids, help?

Change your diet: you need to change your life style and your diet and keep your bowels regular and soft with the least use of laxative you need to have a colonoscopy if you did not have one in the last fice years you need to eat more fruits and vegetables and eat more fibers and hydrate yourself real well slow down on red meat and greassy food exercise, use sitz bath and OTC medicine for hemorrhoid ...Read more

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I've been on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3 months for acne but now am suffering from constipation. Does it get better over time? Is it safe to use laxatives every 2 days

I've been on Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)  for 3 months for acne but now am suffering from constipation. Does it get better over time? Is it safe to use laxatives every 2 days

Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is not Problem: Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) is not the problem. The cause of constipation is usually the Standard American Diet (SAD)--which is notoriously devoid of fiber. We need adequate fiber and adequate fluids (i.e., water). Try 1-2 tablespoons of psyllium husks every day--with 2 glasses of water per tablespoon. If that doesn't get you going, add 500-1500 mg of magnesium. You can't OD on magnesium, it will give you diarrhea. ...Read more

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Been bloated and constipated 9 days. Laxatives are barely helping. My stomach X-ray results come in two days but what should I do for relief for now?

Been bloated and constipated 9 days. Laxatives are barely helping. My stomach X-ray results come in two days but what should I do for relief for now?

Opposite end: Don't wait for the x-ray, it is unlikely to show anything earth-shattering if you are not febrile / vomiting / septic. If you are generally healthy, try enema (like fleets) & follow directions. If that helps move things, may need to repeat x 1 in several hours. After moving, bottle of mag citrate will clear from above. From then on, use fiber or other stool softener to keep things moving. ...Read more

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Ive been having constipation the past four days now. Symtoms with it is upset stomach and burning or aching pain on left side. Laxative powderdidn wrk?

Ive been having constipation the past four days now. Symtoms with it is upset stomach and burning or aching pain on left side. Laxative powderdidn wrk?

Constipation issues: Most constipation is a direct result of your diet. Make a food diary of everything you eat (breakfast,lunch,dinner,snacks,everything)for the next two weeks. Do it contemporaneously so you won't forget a thing. Then go over it. Foods known to cause hard stool are the grains (rice,barley.oats) bananas,milk. Start removing them from the diet and the constipation goes. Check your meds that cAn cause i ...Read more

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I am still constipated after a laxative what now?

I am still  constipated after a laxative what now?

Careful Re: Dx & Tx: Constipation is a diagnosis in the judgement of the person making the dx; but this do not mean the DX is correct or true. Treatment, even if DX is correct, does not mean the tx selected will necessarily be successful. There are many variables here, as usual. Thus question either the DX and/or the efficacy of the tx, as implemented. Medicine always trial & error; focus on strategies which do work. ...Read more

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For constipation, Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

For constipation, 
Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

Common things...: I often recommend a daily regimen of a fiber laxative such as Benefiber (R) taken twice daily with a cathartic such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (R) taken at bedtime on the days that the person hasn't had a bowel movement. This has to be started AFTER doing a bowel cleanse such as might be done prior to a colonoscopy. If constipation is a chronic issue, despite the above, then a colonoscopy might be appropriate. ...Read more

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Last night I was constipated, so I took a laxative. It worked, but now I'm constipated again. What should I do?

Good bowel regimen: Long term laxative use is not recommended . The goal is to have consistent bowel movements without having to rely on laxatives . You can begin by taking miralax (polyethylene glycol) twice daily , once you begin having consistent bowel movements you can taper off to once daily or as needed . The goal would be to aim for soft bowel movements that do not require straining ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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