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Doctor, it has been 8 days after my ACL surgery, and I haven't pooped. I have tried everything. Prune juice, fiber pills, stool softner, miralex. Help!?

Doctor, it has been 8 days after my ACL surgery, and I haven't pooped. I have tried everything. Prune juice, fiber pills, stool softner, miralex. Help!?

Big trouble!: Advance to level 2 aggressive bowel management! Drink 1 bottle of magnesium citrate now and insert 2 fleet's enemas rectally - hold the fluid in for as long as you can. Repeat in 6 hours. "cut" stool into pieces with your gloved finger so you can evacuate pieces. This may be an arduous process, but it beats another hospital visit for an embarassing treatment. Go to the er if you can't do it! ...Read more

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I'm breats feeding. And I was wondering what kind of stool softner can I take?

I'm breats feeding. And I was wondering what kind of stool softner can I take?

Senna or docusate: Both senna (derived from plants, most common brand name senekot) and docusate (synthetic medicine, most common brand name colace) are available over-the-counter without prescription, and can be taken once or twice a day with plenty of water. They act as gentle stool softeners, and both are safe to use when you are breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Pregancy stool softner?

Pregancy stool softner?

Over the counter: There are a few of them that are over the counter. Docusate sodium and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) should work. Also drink a lot of water daily. Also can eat prunes or drink prune juice. ...Read more

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Which is the best stool softner without side effects?

Which is the best stool softner without side effects?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily force you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a stool softner every day? I can't seem to go most of the time without taking them.

Is it safe to use a stool softner every day? I can't seem to go most of the time without taking them.

Your: Your question was asked by somebody else and answered please see here: http://www. Avvo. Com/medical-advice/can-i-take-a-stool-softener-everyday-670750.Html? Ref=answer_question_serp_title_1. ...Read more

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1st part of stool is hard & gets lil blood stain on it. Don't see stain wen taking stool softner. Happning for 3 weeks. How to soften stool widout med?

1st part of stool is hard & gets lil blood stain on it. Don't see stain wen taking stool softner. Happning for 3 weeks. How to soften stool widout med?

Avoiding Constipatio: Drink plenty of water at least 64 oz a day, eat more fruits and vegetables and salads. Apple Juice and Prune juice may help. Different kind of beans are rich in fiber too. ...Read more

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Crohn's 4-5 stools but hard to go last week. Mon 10 loose stools now nothing in 36 hours even with stool softner. Not sure if good or bad?

Crohn's 4-5 stools but hard to go last week. Mon 10 loose stools now nothing in 36 hours even with stool softner. Not sure if good or bad?

Depends: This would depend upon the activity of your disease. Do you have abdominal pain, bloating, fever, etc? Are you on any medications for the Crohn's? Although the symptoms aren't good, they do not necessarily indicate a serious problem. You should consult your physician to see if medications are needed or if doses need to be changed. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bm in 5 days. I try to drink 64oz of water a day. I take 300mg of stool softner every day. I used a suppository today still no bm.

I haven't had a bm in 5 days. I try to drink 64oz of water a day. I take 300mg of stool softner every day. I used a suppository today still no bm.

Constipation: Your constipation may be aggravated by the Diphenhydramine you are taking. Try taking MiraLAX for a day or two or give yourself an enema. Once cleaned out you can overcome the effect of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by eating a high fiber diet. ...Read more

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If I take lyrica (pregabalin) and I feel constipated can I take a stool softner to help with that?

If I take lyrica (pregabalin) and I feel constipated can I take a stool softner to help with that?

Yes yes yes: A common side effect, needs treatment with softeners, perhaps laxatives too. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a reliable choice, now otc, but try a healthy diet, exercise and fiber supplements as well to combat the constipating effects more 'naturally' too! ...Read more

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Injured shoulder 2 weeks ago- RX=vicodon. No BM in 7days. Took lax and stool softner...finally a tried glycerin suppos. Very small BM-what next?

Injured shoulder 2 weeks ago- RX=vicodon. No BM in 7days. Took lax and stool softner...finally a tried glycerin suppos. Very small BM-what next?

Constipation: So vicodin is a narcotic, which causes constipation. I would first try to just stop taking the narcotics. Drink lots of water and try the methods you've tried while off the narcs. However, should you have severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting you should consult a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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If using meds for stool softner and meds for a UTI...could it cause ur mesnstral to be delayed? My cycle is now 3 days late.

If using meds for stool softner and meds for a UTI...could it cause ur mesnstral to be delayed? My cycle is now 3 days late.

Not related: The most common cause of late menses is stress. The meds are not causing the delay directly. Please follow up with your gynecologist if your menses has not started by the time you finish you antibiotics. ...Read more

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I took a whole bottle of stool softner by mistake will I be ok? The brand is Miralax (polyethylene glycol)

I took a whole bottle of stool softner by mistake will I be ok? The brand is Miralax (polyethylene glycol)

Overdose: This begs the question why and if there is an underlying problem.
You may experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. These could lead to significant dehydration. If any of the symptoms are severe seek treatment. ...Read more

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High anxiety causing bad constipation. I'm 25 and have tried stool softner but I'm not going. Is it safe to do a home enema? What to do?

High anxiety causing bad constipation. I'm 25 and have tried stool softner but I'm not going. Is it safe to do a home enema? What to do?

Mag Cit and Dr.: If you don't have any major health problems, try a bottle of magnesium citrate - it's in a green bottle usually at the pharmacy - no prescription needed. Drink that down (pour over ice and use a straw) and you'll probably get some relief w/in an hour. Then, get an appointment with your doctor to get a plan for your bowel health - good luck. ...Read more

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I am very constipated. I have stool softner. Will that help? I am on citolapram for panic attacks too. Help! Also its green and brown. Help

I am very constipated. I have stool softner. Will that help? I am on citolapram for panic attacks too. Help! Also its green and brown. Help

Yes: Stool softeners like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak usually help. Citalopram is not known for causing problems with constipation, but it is possible. I would discuss your concerns with your doctor, especially if the constipation is a significant change for you. You may have something else going on which could benefit from some medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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