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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?
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
6 days without bowel movement due to medications. Laxatives & prune juice aren't working. What should I do? (I am working away so can't see GP)
Stop the meditations: That seems to be the obvious choice ...Read more
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
I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?
Yes: Yes but I would take them 12 hours apart. ...Read more
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
Yes: Laxatives can affect the absorption of some medications. Warfarin, antibiotics, and heart medications can be affected by laxatives. ...Read more
I'm taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work. Any laxatives u can suggest?
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
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? .
Sir, what to do when one's blood-pressure falls to 99/65 (age-35yrs) by taking polyethylene glycol 3350 powder for oral solution 17g once at bedtime for merely 5 days? . already discontinued the above medication but am prescribed another laxative lactito
Dehydration: Polyethylene glycol 3350 is an osmotic diuretic, previously used to prepare bowel for colonoscopy. Low blood pressure can be due to dehydration which can, in turn, result from osmotic diuresis. Best to rehydrate w/plenty of fluids, enough to make urine clear. If no better, tell prescribing doc your concerns. ...Read more
Any alternative for active medication in miralax (polyethylene glycol) that is not in powder form. Is it save to take laxatives with possible bowel obstruction/ impaction?
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
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.
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
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
If you don't know you'r pregnant and do drugs like Mdma, ampthetamin, and laxatives the first month, can you still get a healthy baby?
Possibly: I would abstain from further drug use and consult your doctor.. ...Read more
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
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
I am pregnant and haven't pooped in a couple days. Is it safe for me to take a laxative from the drug store for constipation? I am not sure if it is constipation, but I was going to take a laxative from the store. Now I wonder, is it safe for the baby? .
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
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