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Doctor insights on: Prune Juice Vs Fiber Supplement

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I'm really constipated lately. What in prune juice is supposed to help, since more fiber doesn't work in me?

I'm really constipated lately. What in prune juice is supposed to help, since more fiber doesn't work in me?

Additional measures: People with severe constipation, adter adequate daily fiber and fluid intake, may need to add a daily stool softener or two. If this doesn't help, the next step can be the addition of a stool loosener such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). Follow the directions. Generics are fine. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped. I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods. I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Constipated for 2 wks. I took MiraLax & Colace for 3 days, but neither helped. I've been drinking prune juice & eating high fiber foods. I've gone a little, but I'm still constipated. My K level is 3.2. What can I do at this point? (Best options?)

Enema/water: At this point I suggest that you try a Fleet's enema which you can buy at the pharmacy. Continue the miralax (polyethylene glycol) nightly. The colace is not likely to help much but adding a fiber supplement, walking daily for at least 30 minutes and drinking at least 3 liters of water daily could also help. If this does not work then you may need to see a doctor for a medical intervention. ...Read more

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Doctor, it has been 8 days after my ACL surgery, and I haven't pooped. I have tried everything. Prune juice, fiber pills, stool softner, miralex. Help!?

Doctor, it has been 8 days after my ACL surgery, and I haven't pooped. I have tried everything. Prune juice, fiber pills, stool softner, miralex. Help!?

Big trouble!: Advance to level 2 aggressive bowel management! Drink 1 bottle of magnesium citrate now and insert 2 fleet's enemas rectally - hold the fluid in for as long as you can. Repeat in 6 hours. "cut" stool into pieces with your gloved finger so you can evacuate pieces. This may be an arduous process, but it beats another hospital visit for an embarassing treatment. Go to the er if you can't do it! ...Read more

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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?

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?

CONSTIPATION: In addition to what she is already taking she may take sennosides orally, next would be dulcolax suppositories or "Fleets" enema with much lubrication. ...Read more

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7d post-colonoscopy, no BM, nausea, bloating, reflux, abd pain, back pain. Tried fiber supp, MiraLax, (polyethylene glycol) prune juice. How else can I wake up my colon?

7d post-colonoscopy, no BM, nausea, bloating, reflux, abd pain, back pain. Tried fiber supp, MiraLax, (polyethylene glycol) prune juice. How else can I wake up my colon?

Call: Your gastroenterologist or the doctor who performed the colonoscopy now. Do not wait. Call for instructions & you may need an exam to be sure there are no complications from your procedure. ...Read more

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Does prune juice increase effects if propranolol?

Does prune juice increase effects if propranolol?

Okay: It's okay to take both. There are interactions with grapefruits though. ...Read more

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Having a glass of prune juice everyday healthy or unhealthy?

Having a glass of prune juice everyday healthy or unhealthy?

Part of healthy diet: Prune juice is no better or worse than any other fruit juice, beverage or food for that matter. If it makes you feel healthy, do it. ...Read more

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Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction, but this is thought to only occur with inadequate fluid intake along with the fiber. Overall, fiber supplements have many health benefits, and are definitely recommended for ongoing use. ...Read more

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Is prune juice o k for acid reflux?

Prune juice: Is used for helpung regularity and preventing constipation...It has non-absorbable particulates that facilitates evacuation. It is unlikely to effect reflux or acid indigestion. Ant-acids containing magnesium (mylanta, maalox) may have a laxative effect. Cimetidine is also commonly used over the counter. Check with your doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Why does prune juice give you the runs?

Why does prune juice give you the runs?

It can: If you drink a lot of prune juice it can give you lose stools. Other juices can do this too if you drink enough of them. ...Read more

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Is prune juice better than most laxatives?

Is prune juice better than most laxatives?

It works well: I don't know if prune juice has been compared "head to head" with other laxatives, but it works well. One time I prescribed 2 ounces / day for a patient that was constipated, and within a week the nursing home called back and asked if I could reduce the dose because it was working too well. Now, it doesn't always work, but it surely is a simple thing to try. ...Read more

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What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...Read more

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How much prune juice to drink for constipation?

How much prune juice to drink for constipation?

How long?: Prune juice is a New Orleans remedy, that also when I can't find a stomach doctor, to assist my patient.
I always thought 6 to 8 oz, to be enough.
The reason I am answering this question without knowing the answer is, Many a times I had to beg, with folded hands to my patients not to report me to Licensing Board because C got to D.
In California, there are other exotic treatments.
See your MD. ...Read more

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Can you drink prune juice while taking warfarin?

Can you drink prune juice while taking warfarin?

Yes: Prune juice and warfarin taken together have not been shown to have any harmful effects. The two may be safely taken together. ...Read more

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What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel, fiber capsules, vegetables, fruits, whole wheat bread etc all has fiber, and is free. ...Read more

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Does prune juice contain vitamin k?

Does prune juice contain vitamin k?

Vitamin K: Although dark, leafy greens provide more than 31 times as much vitamin k as prunes or dried plums, their sweet flavor makes prunes a more palatable alternative. ...Read more

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Is prune juice (from dry prunes) good for the stomach if you have gastritis?

Not a good solution!: Gastritis can be helped by bland foods like milk, ice cream and non spicy, non acidic foods. Also an antacid like maalox would help. If it does not get better within one week, you need to get a check up by your docotr to find the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I drink orange juice and prune juice while on Xanax (alprazolam) Extended release?

Can I drink orange juice and prune juice while on Xanax (alprazolam) Extended release?

Fruit juice & xanax (alprazolam): It is OK to have orange or prune juice with Extended Release Xanax (alprazolam). Try to avoid grapefruit juice. ...Read more

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How can I stop constipation problems for my 9 month old who takes enfamil ar and prune juice?

How can I stop constipation problems for my 9 month old who takes enfamil ar and prune juice?

CONSTIPATION: 9 month old baby with constipation, already on prune juice? Baby needs fiber in his diet. He has to be fed with more fruits and veggie, fluids and juice between feedings. Less rice cereal, bananas and apples. ...Read more

Fruit Juice (Definition)

There is no indication for giving babies under one year of age fruit juices. Fruit juices do not contain the healthy nutrients that ...Read more