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Senokot (Definition)

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Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Severe constipation for 1+yr. On amitiza, colace, & take mag citrate capsules daily - kept me going but not regular. had colonoscopy Mon. No BM since.

Constipation: I assume that your colonoscopy was unrevealing. It is not unusual to go a few days without a bowel movement after getting thoroughly cleaned out for a colonoscopy. Your gastroenterologist will give you dietary advice as well as critique your treatment regimen.If you have no urge to have bm's,then softeners and stimulants are indicated. If you get urge, work from below with suppositories and enemas ...Read more

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Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Yes: Companies sell these products and make money at it. It is safe to assume someone has used these products for their intended purpose. ...Read more

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Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Can my 2 1/2 year old use miralax (polyethylene glycol) longterm? We believe constipation stems from daily diphenhydramine

Yes: Since it is basically a wetting agent and not a true laxative, its actions are benign. I have used it in a monitored setting for a year with no problems, though most will respond to a good bowel rehab program in 6 months or less. ...Read more

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Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Which is best? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or ducolax stool softener.Constipated. May have diverticulitis. will have CT friday. Took miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 days then ducolax last nite

Different mechanisms: They have different mechanisms of action. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an osmotic laxative (draws water out). Dulcolax is a stimulating laxative and for best effect take tablet with full glass water on empty stomach. Severe ab pain or fever then urgently see a doctor. You may benefit from an online consultation to best determine symptomatic care for constipation and advise next steps. ...Read more

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Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Fleet enema: It will not hurt to do that this time, but it is not a good idea to become dependent on needing enemas regularly. Basic bowel care such as getting lots of fiber and lots of fluids is the initial step. If you have chronic problems with constipation, see your doctor or consider a consult here. Good luck. ...Read more

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I know stimulant laxatives even laxatives in general have cautions against chronic use. Is it okay to take Senokot (senna) one day each week? If not, 1d/2wk?

I know stimulant laxatives even laxatives in general have cautions against chronic use.  Is it okay to take Senokot (senna) one day each week? If not, 1d/2wk?

Use with caution!: If you frequently use laxatives for weeks or months, they can decrease your colon's ability to contract and actually worsen constipation. You can use it 1/2 weeks, however, it is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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How does senokot (senna) compare to dulcolax?

How does senokot (senna) compare to dulcolax?

Both are stimulants: Not much difference. They both stimulate the bowels to keep thing moving. I use senokot (senna) orally and ducolax as a suppository in my patients. I may use them together at times. ...Read more

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I took 10 oz of magnesium citrate 26 hours ago & miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2x day with no effect. I haven't had a bm in 14 days. Can I take another mag citrate?

I took 10 oz of magnesium citrate 26 hours ago & miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2x day with no effect. I haven't had a bm in 14 days. Can I take another mag citrate?

Severe Constipation: Constipation in general is a sign that all is not well. If you are not on any medications that cause constipation, getting thyroid checked is important. Now for immediate relief, Make sure you are eating natural fiber like vegetables and drinking water. Add flax seed powder 2 tablespoons 3 times a day to your smoothie or morning oatmeal. Yes you can take magnesium citrate but you do need testing. ...Read more

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Constipated for days. Mag Citrate only causing gas & bloating. No movement. Took 5 hours ago. Ate some food. Try enema? Go to ER? Trying linzess tomor

Constipated for days. Mag Citrate only causing gas & bloating. No movement. Took 5 hours ago. Ate some food. Try enema? Go to ER? Trying linzess tomor

What's the cause?: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly, or if there is something extrinsic to the gut causing problems. Your answer comes from evaluation. ...Read more

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5yo has chronic constipation.Doc said colons completely full of stool.In 3 days had 4 100mg collace, 4 fiber gummies, 2 caps miralax (polyethylene glycol) & no bm.Wat causes?

5yo has chronic constipation.Doc said colons completely full of stool.In 3 days had 4 100mg collace, 4 fiber gummies, 2 caps miralax (polyethylene glycol) & no bm.Wat causes?

Relatively common: Stool retention is relatively common. Successful treatment requires a plan of scheduled emptying, long term use of stool softeners or wetting agents (like miralax), & work by the kid & parents for as much as a year or two. A skilled pediatrician or pedi GI doc can help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?

Schedule changes: May try getting up 15 minutes earlier, exercising, and then having a warm breakfast and then time to go to the bathroom for bowel function. This is retraining your bowel and may help. This may take a few days to help, but please be patient. Cut back on dairy products, as this can cause constipation. Sorry you have had so much trouble, but this can be treated. ...Read more

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Bootea contains senna peppermint hawthorn leaves,liquorice burdock &valerian root,psyllium seeds. You have 1 every otha nyt is it safe to use ongoing?

BOOTEA CALL: May cause diarrhea due to the Senna, but q o d does not seem excessive but If you notice any adverse effects then cut back or quit. You be the judge ...Read more

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Could a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) give you diarrhea?

Could a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) give you diarrhea?

Fleets enema: Absolutely. It is a saline laxative and draws water into the colon and causes diarrhea. Its effects are limited and should only provide a transient diarrhea. ...Read more

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12 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 capfulls 3x day plus 3 senna day for constipation. 3 days today enema still has stomach pain from constipation ?

12 year old miralax (polyethylene glycol) 2 capfulls 3x day plus 3 senna day for constipation. 3 days today enema still has stomach pain from constipation ?

Go for exam: You've done as much as possible on your own. Now it is time for a professional to do a good exam and offer treatment. Don't wait. Chronic constipation can cause other problems including appendix infection, etc. Get to a clinic or doctor now. ...Read more

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Senna (Definition)

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