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Mineral oil for constipation, can it induce labor?

Mineral oil for constipation, can it induce labor?

Not likely: Mineral oil is relatively mild when used as directed and not in excess or for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Do medications cause constipation?

Do medications cause constipation?

Some do, many don't: Lots of meds can cause constipation. Narcotics routinely do, iron and calcium supplements can; calcium channel blockers (bp/cardiac meds) can; Parkinson's meds, antidepressants (tricyclic more than ssri), sucralfate (ulcer drug), Cholestyramine (cholesterol med), many other prescription and otc drugs.
Check with md if new symptom, med change, worsening, pain, bleed.
Diet, hormones can play a role. ...Read more

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What medication is good for a child 10 years and up, to use for constipation?

What medication is good for a child 10 years and up, to use for constipation?

Constipation: If increasing fibe and water intake r in the diet is not helpful, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is a stool softener (not a laxative despite it's name) that is very helpful. I would start with 1/2 capful mixed in water or juice/day and increase the dose gradually every 3-4 days until a moderately soft stool every day or two is achieved. ...Read more

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What are some good foods or medications to help constipation or to help not get constipated?

What are some good foods or medications to help constipation or to help not get constipated?

Fruit, Veg, MiraLax (polyethylene glycol): High fiber fruit and vegetables are good to avoid constipation, prunes, prune juice, figs and syrup of figs are best natural laxatives or preventatives. Firm bananas, milk and cheese can constipate. Good "natural type" mediacations are MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or benefiber. Colace + pericolace are safe + effective to prevent + treat. Senakot, exlax and Dulcolax are much stronger + very effective when constipated. ...Read more

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What is best medication for constipation. 90 years old?

Osmolar laxatives: If fiber, hydration and activity has failed, the preferred class of laxatives pull water into the large bowel. They are less likely to cause dependence and are well tolerated. Lactulose also changes the ph of the gut increasing motility leading to passage of stool. Avoiding stimulant laxatives is generally recomended (there are of course circumstances where they are necesary). ...Read more

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Is there an association between constipation and pain medication?

Is there an association between constipation and pain medication?

Constipation: Yes most pain medications of the opioid class do result in constipation with continued use. ...Read more

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What are some commonly-used medications for treating constipation?

What are some commonly-used medications for treating constipation?

Softeners/laxatives: Stool softeners are i.e. Colace or pericolace. Laxatives are many: magnesium citrate, milk of magnesia, senekot, dulcolax, enulose (lactulose), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) exlax. In severe constipation fleet enemas or micro enemas or a full enema are considered. If there is an impaction or blockage at the rectum (removal of stool) with a finger is indicated by a health care professional. Avoid mg or phos if ckd. ...Read more

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Ideas? What pain medication is least likely to cause constipation?

Ideas? What pain medication is least likely to cause constipation?

Tough question: As different people respond differently to each medication (assuming you are asking specifically about opioids). Non-opioids are least likely to cause it. The lower the dose opioid, the less likely the constipation. There are some medications, such as a peripheral acting Naltrexone injection that can relieve the constipation. However, all of the opioid class are likely to cause constipation. ...Read more

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Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Yes: In general this can be a side effect but only for a minority of people. Discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of constipation without taking any medications?

How can I get rid of constipation without taking any medications?

Life style changes: Eat more fiber, fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and exercise. Add to your diet prunes, pears, beans, whole-grains, broccoli, nuts. ...Read more

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My 12 year old son has chronic constipation but won't take his medication. What do you suggest?

My 12 year old son has chronic constipation but won't take his medication. What do you suggest?

Shift responsibiliy: The 12 yo is old enough to begin sharing responsibility for decisions and outcomes. Other meds may be more palatable and a self directed program of scheduled daily (or multiple x daily)emptying could decrease their need. Rewarding creative self management might help him become more self reliant and responsible. Pick your battles wisely and try to be the creative person in the process. ...Read more

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I've been having diarrhea and constipation for the last couple of months. What medication can I take to make these symptoms go away?

Gastroenteritis: Rather than taking medication it is more important to find out what is going on. For this you will need to see a doctor who should obtain stool samples after a detailed history and physical exam. This may be irritable bowel syndrome, infection with giardia lamblia or half a dozen other possibilities. Go soon and do not neglect this. Good luck. ...Read more

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If medication you take causes severe constipation, but you take that med everyday. Therefore keeping the constipation there, could that kill you?

If medication you take causes severe constipation, but you take that med everyday. Therefore keeping the constipation there, could that kill you?

Difficult problem...: This is more common than you might think. It is rare that severe constipation would kill someone, but significant medical issues can arise. Work with your doctor on figuring out a bowel regimen that works for you, trying to have a reasonable size bowel movement about every 2-3 days. High fiber, LOTS of water. Try mineral oil 1 tablespoon by mouth 2x/day. Good luck. ...Read more

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How many time should a healthy adult, who drinks a lot of water go to the toilet. When do you know for sure its constipation and you need medication?

How many time should a healthy adult, who drinks a lot of water go to the toilet. When do you know for sure its constipation and you need medication?

Hard difficult BM: Constipation is a hard, difficult, painful bowel movement. Drinking a lot of water helps but so would more fiber in your diet. The frequency of the bowel movement is not as important as the consistency and pain associated with the bowel movement. A easily passed bm every three days would not be considered constipation by most mds. ...Read more

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Yes I have been having constipation due to the opium pain pills I have to take for my pain! Can you recommend a good medication I can take daily! Thx?

OIC: Opioids block the bowl opioid receptors. Hence most of the standard medications really do not work well. Certainly you can try them. The best is a specific bowel opioid antagonist called MOVANTIK 25mg per day. This works well and does not cross the blood brain barrier so the pain relief will still be there. Another one is an injectable called Relistor (methylnaltrexone) which works the same way. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good medication to take for gas, and constipation?

Can you recommend a good medication to take for gas, and constipation?

Try drinking: 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Often eating a high fiber diet without taking enough of the right kinds of fluid will cause all of your symptoms. No medicine is as good as eating and drinking properly. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with constipation when taking narcotic pain medication?

What is the best way to deal with constipation when taking narcotic pain medication?

COLACE (docusate sodium): I recommend to my patients colace (docusate) one every 12 hours. It's a stool softener that helps draw water into your colon to flush things along. If that doesn't help, then two every twelve hours. If that doesn't help, then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) - one capful daily. Make sure you drink plenty of water to flush things along. ...Read more

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I take many medications for many things right now. I've struggled with constipation. Recently my stool was dark green and runny. What should I do?

I take many medications for many things right now. I've struggled with constipation. Recently my stool was dark green and runny. What should I do?

Rapid transit time: Bile is green in color and is a component of your stool. As it moves thru the gut it turns brown due to the action of intestinal bacteria on the bile. Green stool indicates that food has passed thru your intestines faster than usual and the stool hasn't had a chance to turn brown. For the various causes of this go to > http://abt. Cm/144EnVu ...Read more

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Constipation relieved after using medication for 2 days, it is normal now and feeling normal. Urine shows 5-6 epithelial cells and 2-3 wbcs, any prob?

Constipation relieved after using medication for 2 days, it is normal now and feeling normal. Urine shows 5-6 epithelial cells and 2-3 wbcs, any prob?

Constipation: If your constipation has improved, then you likely have nothing to worry about now. If constipation is frequent, I would increase the amount of fiber in your diet for the long run. Consider a fiber supplement such as Metamucil. If you do, increase your fluid intake also. You should have a colonoscopy at age 50, or sooner if you have chronic bowel problems The, urine results were fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Constipation for 6 day after having caesarean section n tubal ligation 6 day ago. What should be done? Any medication? What should be taken in diet?

Constipation for 6 day after having caesarean section n tubal ligation 6 day ago. What should be done? Any medication? What should be taken in diet?

Please call her OB: Now, as she is only 6 days post op and that is the immediate post op period and her OB knows her and how everything went and may need to see her, as an ileus or other problems need to ruled out and her OB will have specific meds or things he wants her to do and take, please call now as her OB is on call 24/7 or has someone covering for him or her. ...Read more

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Can constipation go away after taking medication for hypothyroidism?

Can constipation go away after taking medication for hypothyroidism?

Usually: If you still have constipation after your thyroid level has returned to normal, then you need to have your doctor look for other causes. ...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 need the best medication for chronic constipation, tried movicol and dulcolax, they are not helping.

I need the best medication for chronic constipation, tried movicol and dulcolax, they are not helping.

No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber plus water, Miralax (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, etc... A doctor can evaluate, and might prescribe Amitiza or Linzess. ...Read more

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Constipation 4 days. Medication side effect? Pdoc out of town two weeks. Tried prunes no caffine or slcohol. Suggestions?

Constipation 4 days. Medication side effect? Pdoc out of town two weeks. Tried prunes no caffine or slcohol. Suggestions?

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a selective norepinephrine-serotonin reuptake inhibitor which sometimes can cause constipation. If your symptoms correlate with the use of this medication, it could be the culprit. The best initial treatment of constipation is increased fiber and water in your diet. ...Read more

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I am taking laxido to treat constipation and I have developed a rash. Should I carry on taking the medication or see medical advice?

I am taking laxido to treat constipation and I have developed a rash. Should I carry on taking the medication or see medical advice?

See your doctor.: If your rash seems to be temporally related to beginning the laxative, then you should stop the laxative and see your doctor immediately. If it is affecting your breathing, call EMS right away. If it is determined that the laxido is the cause, there are other laxatives you can use, which your doctor will suggest. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea followed by several days of constipation. Is that a normal progression? The only medication I've taken has been charcoal pills.

I've had diarrhea followed by several days of constipation. Is that a normal progression? The only medication I've taken has been charcoal pills.

Normal: Acute diarrhea followed by constipation is not unusual. After getting back to a normal diet and fluid intake you should get back to normal within a week. ...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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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more