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Nulax Fruit Laxative
I have been suffering from constipation for a while now. I eat plenty fruit & fibre but still need to use laxatives to go. What else can I do?
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally i recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?
Besides fruit and water.. is there any over-the-counter stool softener that does not contain sodium ?
I have had issues pooping for over a month. I go once a week maybe two if im lucky? I have stool softener and i don't have fruit and vegatables around?
Water & fiber help: Make yourself eat fiber and drink 6-10 8 oz glasses of water a day (that's 3-5 16 oz bottles of water a day). Why don't you have veggies and fruit around? They are the best source of fiber and really help constipation if you take, say 3 fruits and 4 veggies a day for a few weeks. Some meds, chronic inactivity can cause constipation or make it last longer so get busy walking & exercising more too! ...Read more
Haven't had a bowel movement in 4 days. I've tried stool softener, fruit, water, etc. my stomach hurts. No relief. I'm scared. I have a huge hemorrhoi?
May need to see doc: If you are having severe abdominal pain, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If mild discomfort, you can trial OTC bowel stimulant/stool softeners, e.g., Senokot-S, Colace, or fiber type products like Benefiber or Metamucil. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is also effective with constipation. If need be, you can do an enema, e.g., Fleet's enema, to relieve the constipation. If no relief in 1-2 days, see doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother is 82 year old recently she been constipated been give lots of water, fiber, fruits, prunes juice, and stool softener she has very bad hemor?
Not advisable.: When patients that come to me asking about certain diets, i turn the questioning around and ask them, "could you safely participate in this diet for your entire life?" should you eat a lichi diet for the rest of your life? If it's not safe for the rest of your life, what makes it safe for 2 weeks or 2 months. The best diet is one you can apply to your eating habits life long. ...Read more
Could be: Any food can cause an allergy in a person. If you have symptoms every time you eat it, then you might be allergic or intolerant of the substance. If your symptoms go away when you don't eat it, that tells you that the particular food (quince in your case) is the culprit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NIH suggests: How to measure a correct serving size of fruits and/or vegetables (same in general) Examples: 1 C chopped raw fruits or vegetables - a woman’s fist or a baseball 1 medium apple or orange - a tennis ball 1/4 C dried fruit or nuts -- a golf ball or small handful 1 C of lettuce - four leaves (Romaine lettuce) 1 medium baked potato -- a computer mouse ...Read more