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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more


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Is it dangerous if a person took a medicine for constipation even if he doesn't have constipation ?

Is it dangerous if a person took a medicine for constipation even if he doesn't have constipation ?

It really depends: on what medicines you took. Fiber supplements, which could be considered a medicine, would be completely harmless. Stool softeners and lubricants would also be ok. But stimulant and osmotic laxatives, (milk of magnesia, etc) can have side effects. A one time use would very likely not be a problem but, of course, don't take ANYTHING you don't absolutely need! Stay well:) ...Read more

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Please suggest me medicine for constipation as I am sufering from.It frequently..I am male 27 age..50 kg weight?

Please  suggest me medicine for constipation as I am sufering from.It frequently..I am male 27 age..50 kg weight?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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If a person took a medicine for constipation but he have slight diarrhea.what could happen and is it dangerous? Plz answer Thnx a lot

If a person took a medicine for constipation but he have slight diarrhea.what could happen and is it dangerous?
Plz answer 
Thnx a lot

This is common: Experiencing a little diarrhea after taking a laxative and getting results is not unusual. If the laxative aids in overcoming a partial blockage, when that is cleared there could be some loose stool up in the bowel behind it. It is common and not dangerous. Focus on lots of fruits/vegetables/healthy grains and a lot of drinking water so you don't need to take medication for constipation. Stay well ...Read more

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Afer eating a lot of junk food at night, i take medicine for constipation that makes me go to the toilet the next morning. Would that get rid of it?

Afer eating a lot of junk food at night, i take medicine for constipation that makes me go to the toilet the next morning.  Would that get rid of it?

Purging not good: Taking a laxative to rid yourself of food you've eaten is a form of purging. In the long run, this would not be a healthy plan -- even if it were able to effectively "get rid of" overeaten foods. If you're having food binges, please talk with your doctor and get some help. This can become a serious condition if it hasn't already. Overeater's anonymous is one group that could be helpful to you. ...Read more

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Taking Ayurvedic medicine for constipation in pregnancy safe ?

Taking Ayurvedic medicine for constipation in pregnancy safe ?

Great caution: This depends on which ayurvedic medicine as there are many. The most common ayurvedic medicine for constipation is triphala; some websites say it should be avoided in pregnancy as its "downward flowing" energy could trigger a miscarriage or premature birth. Others say it's safe to use during pregnancy in small doses.I advise avoiding most herbs in the first trimester.Small amounts may be ok later. ...Read more

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I am taking this medicine for constipation. 6 hours later my stomach hurts and I have diarrea. Is it normal for my stomach to hurt?

I am taking this medicine for constipation. 6 hours later my stomach hurts and I have diarrea. Is it normal for my stomach to hurt?

Laxatives: Yes. The medication is causing cramping of your gut. Try drinking more water to keep from getting constipated. Another thing to try is a stool softener. ...Read more

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Wen I stop taking medicine for constipation i can stil pass d stools easily but wen I stop d medicine i wil b hvng lower right adbdominal tenderness.?

Wen I stop taking medicine for constipation i can stil pass d stools easily but wen I stop d medicine i wil b hvng lower right adbdominal tenderness.?

Nonspecific: While right lower abdominal pain could represent appendicitis, if the pain lasts more than several days it is highly unlikely. See your doctor if it is getting worse or severe. You'll need a more complete evaluation, as there are many potential causes of your pain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Anus really itchy, slight burning sensation. Throbbing sensation. No pain and no sign of blood. Had medicine related constipation recently. Linked?

Hemorrhoids: you may have hemorrhoids. make sure you take something for your constipation- prune juice, OTC meds etc. go to see your MD to get checked will be recommended. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I have a lower right abdominal tenderness once in a week and lasts for 2 to 3 days. But when i take medicine for constipation I am perfect?

Hello Dr. I have a lower right abdominal tenderness once in a week and lasts for 2 to 3 days. But when i take medicine for constipation I am perfect?

Slow traffic : Sounds as if you have delayed transit through your small intestine into your large intestine. One of the major reasons for that would be constipation. Adding bulk fiber, like greenly few vegetables, oats, or Metamucil , etc. along with enough water to prevent the stool from being too dry should do the trick. Adding some probiotics is A smart way to make sure you have the right intestinal bacteria to break down food properly. ...Read more

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I am taking lansoprazole for acid reflux and heart burn. Does the medicine cause constipation? This is what I am experiencing since I have started it.

I am taking lansoprazole for acid reflux and heart burn. Does the medicine cause constipation? This is what I am experiencing since I have started it.

GERD treatment: Probably not causing constipation. Your gasto-esophageal reflux is not being caused by too much acid! You most likely need more stomach acid. Remember you need stomach acid to breakdown your food before it reaches your small bowel.
Remember to chew your food at least 29-30 times before swallowing! Take your tine eating your food. Limit the amount of liquids you drink during your meal (max 8 oz) ...Read more

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Is the medicine LOOZ for constipation safe to be taken!! Can one take it as and when needed?

Is the medicine LOOZ for constipation safe to be taken!! Can one take it as and when needed?

Looz = Lactulose: Lactulose is a sugar that is broken down in, & draws water into, the colon thus softening stools. It is used to treat chronic constipation, as well as treat or prevent complications of liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy). Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating, & stomach pain.Not meant for purging or weight loss. For situation use, consider more comfortable remedies. ...Read more

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Can taking austrolax medicine safe for constipation during pregnancy?

Can taking austrolax medicine safe for constipation during pregnancy?

Be cautious!: Austrolax derives from india. It's advertised contents include: bael 0.5gm, isabgol 1.6gm, senna 0.6gm, amla 0.6gm. Binders, flavors, colors and preservatives. Do you trust your unborn baby's health to this product? As with any medication taken during pregnancy, i'd be very cautious. Instead i urge you to discuss safe and doctor-approved options with your gynecologist. ...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 used cremaffin (magnesia, milk) for constipation for 4 days but not usefull. What is the best medicine for chronic constipation ? Pls reply ?

High fiber diet: Rather than medication consider a modification of your diet.Eat lots of fruits and vegetable , nuts, raisins, prunes and dates. Reduce milk and milk products. Have high fibered foods such as beans and legumes as well as jigh fiber cereals. ...Read more

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What food or medicine helps with constipation. I'm constipated and causing me sever stomach pain?

What food or medicine helps with constipation. I'm constipated and causing me sever stomach pain?

Fiber: Try otc laxatives and fiber rich foods but fiber supplements are helpful. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good laxative. See your doctor for further evaluation- depending on your age, what the cause may be, etc. ...Read more

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Which medicine is prescribed for constipation of toodler?

Prune juice : Dietary modification, water, prune juice and otc suppository are usually effective remedies for treatment of constipation is toddlers. Persistent constipation in this age group can be due to serious underlying conditions which the pediatrician should be made aware of. ...Read more

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What is the best herbal medicine for long-term constipation relief?

What is the best herbal medicine for long-term constipation relief?

Long term: Psyllium products give bulk to the stool and can thus relieve constipation -- but be sure you drink lots of water too. Prunes are a fruit, but can help a lot -- can use them every day, indefinitely. What you want is lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with plenty of water -- that may be the most healthy constipation treatment of all. ...Read more

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Uc for last 17 years & on medicines. Now in remission. Constipation and lower backache for last 3 days. What should i do. Little blood & stool id pas?

Uc for last 17 years & on medicines. Now in remission. Constipation and lower backache for last 3 days. What should  i do. Little blood & stool id pas?

Meds help: With uc under control and no frequent bm, constipation should be handled as with normal bowel using stool softner and periodic use of fleets enema when constipation severa and causing back pain. ...Read more

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What natural or alternative medicine can be taken for constipation?

What natural or alternative medicine can be taken for constipation?

Constipation: Please check w/your doc first, but a Chinese dietary supplement called "Cholinex" in English works well for many. You can get it in a Chinatown or the net, but ask doc first. Contains things like honeysuckle, licorice, and more. Of course fruits and vegetables are helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 3year old kid has constipation. Medicines don't work. How can I help him? He doesn't want to eat, has fever and has no power.

Doctor Time: More information is needed here. For example, how high is the fever? What medicines has he had? It is questionable whether constipation really is the cause of the fever.He sounds like he may be dehydrated. And may have an infection. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What is the safe constipation medicine / stool softer for nursing moms?

What is the safe constipation medicine / stool softer for nursing moms?

Its on the label: For lactation, colace has on its label: use with caution. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has on its label: probably safe. Senna has on its label. Probably safe.

The reason its written like this is that there are no actual human studies on those medications, the reason is that they didnt need to do studies because no major adverse effects were reported. For specifics, contact your obstetrician. ...Read more

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What drugs can be taken in for constipation?

What drugs can be taken in for constipation?

Many choices: Often the issue of constipation can be directly related to a chronic drug therapy. Sometimes it is an issue of diet. In either case, something must be done.If you are taking a definite drug that causes constipation, senna and a stool softener may be the answer. If it is an issue of diet, inclusion of fiber.If you are on chronic opioid therapy, check with your pain management physician. ...Read more

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What should you do for constipation when medicines don't work?

What should you do for constipation when medicines don't work?

Thoughts: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day). Eat 5 vegetable & 4 fruit servings per day – get that fiber in. Avoid junk carbohydrates. Stay physically active. If impacted with large bolus of dry, hard feces - may require disimpactment. ...Read more

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My 7 and half month kid have constipation.Wot diet and medicines we should gives him ?

My 7 and half month kid have constipation.Wot diet and medicines we should gives him ?

Prune juice: Is an easy place to start. Medications may be too intense at this age, but prune & apple juice can both be helpful. Discuss the problem with you pediatrician at his next checkup, he may need to look into the problem. ...Read more

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My 1-year baby suffer from Constipation since two months. I did not use any medicine for him till now. Which one should I use?

Constipation: If dietary modification isn't helping, like adding prunes/pears/fiber, and avoiding bananas/apples/too much dairy, then either try Mylanta or Miralax (polyethylene glycol) to help with it. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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