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What type of laxative should I use with pain medication?

What type of laxative should I use with pain 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 more

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How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

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

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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?

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 more

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Is it safe to take ford senna extra strength laxatives while pregnant?

Is it safe to take ford senna extra strength laxatives while pregnant?

Considered safe: Senna is considered safe in pregnancy for short-term use; it is not absorbed into the bloodstream, but rather is activated by bacteria in the colon, producing substances that cause the nerves of the colon to fire and the smooth muscle to contract. It is my opinion that psyllium powder mixed in water is a better and more comfortable choice, by softening/bulking the stool without irritating the colon ...Read more

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Can laxatives or other bowel cleansing preps interfere with absorption of oral medications?

Yes: Laxatives can affect the absorption of some medications. Warfarin, antibiotics, and heart medications can be affected by laxatives. ...Read more

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I'm taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work. Any laxatives u can suggest?

I'm taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work. Any laxatives u can suggest?

Constipation/medicin: You can try stool softner like docusate sodium 100 mgm once or twice a day, and if that does not work try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) along with it one packet or two a day. ...Read more

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I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?

I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?

Cause: The next step will be finding the cause for your colon blockage in order to be able to address it. Talk to your doc about possibly seeing a gastroenterologist. Keep a log of symptoms, bowel movements, etc that should help your doc better direct the workup. ...Read more

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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 more

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Is there anything I can take to ease severe gut pain until I can get a laxative or other medication from a doctor?

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

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I'm very constipated. Went to DR. And he told me to take laxatives. I took two maximum strength laxatives and still can't poop...what could be wrong?

Your diet: The problem is your diet, life long of junk food will not be treated by a couple of laxatives. You need a lot of hydration 8-10 bottle of water, and natural juices, you need to avoid sodas, and energy drinks. You need to eat fruits and vegetables, and a lots of fibers. For now take four tablets of dulcolax, then mix half bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gaterade, and drink it, repeat it once if needed. ...Read more

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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? .

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? .

Hello.: Hello. They can be quite effective. Drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water and try to eat 5 servings of vegetable and four servings to fruit per day to help avoid constipation. Move about every day - walking is fine. Try to avoid junk food. ...Read more

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Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Don't want to keep taking laxatives?

Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Don't 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

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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.

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 more

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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 more

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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

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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I am 23 years old. I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year. I have constipation and I use laxative. How I treat that? What drug prescript?

I am 23 years old. I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year. I have constipation and I use laxative. How I treat that? What drug prescript?

Avoid constipation: Hemorrhoids are exacerbated by constipation and the "pushing" necessary. Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to keep stools soft. Most fissures will heal with a topical cream./ if not, surgery can help. See a doc. ...Read more

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I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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What is the best laxative?

What is the best laxative?

There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more

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Chillies work as laxatives?

Some chillies, maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only possible answer is maybe. ...Read more

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How dangerous are laxatives?

How dangerous are laxatives?

Not very: They can cause cramping and diarrhea - if so - then stop. ...Read more

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What is the mildest laxative?

Laxative: I would argue that the mildest laxative is either drinking plenty of water or eating plenty of fresh fruits. Daily use of laxatives is not recommended without the oversight of a physician. Fiber supplements and low-dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder are two other "mild" alternatives. ...Read more