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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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Could vegetable oil be used as a laxative?

Could vegetable oil be used as a laxative?

Veg oil: Vegetable oil will be at least partially absorbed. It may be totally absorbed. It will lubricate some stool. Better to use prunes, prune juice, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or Magnesia. ...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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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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Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?

Im 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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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?

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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. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?

Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont 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 good homemade laxatives that are all natural?

Fiber: Fiber is the all natural laxative, whether it be in frutis( apples and pears are high in pectin)
grains, or supplement. ...Read more

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Black coffee a natural laxative?

Black coffee a natural laxative?

Yes: Coffee is indeed a natural laxative as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulator of smooth muscle, which is found throughout the intestines. ...Read more

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Is coconut water a natural laxative?

No: Coconut water is an effective electrolyte replacement and should not cause a laxative affect. ...Read more

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What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

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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What are some excellent and safe natural laxatives apart from the habits of eating healthy, lots of water etc etc?

What are some excellent and safe natural laxatives apart from the habits of eating healthy, lots of water etc etc?

Magnesium: If you do not have underlying kidney dysfunction, magnesium can be of help.
Since we often eat processed foods, it is not uncommon to have deficiencies in this important mineral. Renal disease, severe diarrhea, or anti-hypertensive drug therapy may deplete natural stores of this mineral.
Sources include spinach, tofu, pumpkin seeds, kelp and others. Best wishes! ...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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How do I get semi regular bms when on narcotics or aleveate some of the constipation? Natural options? What laxatives are better than others?

Hydrate!: Make sure you drink plenty of water, remember any fruit that starts with a "p" help you have a bm, peaches, plums, pineapple etc.
Try to get some exercise, as you are allowed to. And consider magnesium as a stool softener.
Check with your doc! ...Read more

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I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

Flax seed: Flax seed is indeed an excellent source of fiber, whether eaten whole on cereal or salad or washed down with water. Some recommend the ground form to enhance absorption of nutrients—omega 3's & lignans, which, when converted by body into phytoestrogens, may help prevent breast, colon, & prostate cancer. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol levels. If you have diverticulosis, be careful with seed form. ...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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Why is bad take laxatives (even natural ones like senna tea) when you have your period?

Laxatives: It is not necessarily "bad" to take laxatives when menstruating, as most commercial laxatives are gentle and do not cause a problem if constipation is present. Many women feel bloated with the onset of their period, which is not caused by constipation, but is simply reaction to the lower levels of hormones at the time of your period. Unnecessary use of laxatives can irritate your intestines. ...Read more