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Medications Treating Constipation
Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Softeners/laxatives: Stool softeners are i.e. Colace or pericolace. Laxatives are many: magnesium citrate, milk of magnesia, senekot, dulcolax, enulose ( lactulose), miralax, 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Prune juice: Drink lots of water and you can try a little prune juice. ...Read more
Fruit,Veg,MiraLax: 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 or benefiber. Colace + pericolace are safe + effective to prevent + treat. Senakot, exlax and dulcolax are much stronger + very effective when constipated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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