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Still Constipated After Laxatives
Careful Re: Dx & Tx: Constipation is a diagnosis in the judgement of the person making the dx; but this do not mean the DX is correct or true. Treatment, even if DX is correct, does not mean the tx selected will necessarily be successful. There are many variables here, as usual. Thus question either the DX and/or the efficacy of the tx, as implemented. Medicine always trial & error; focus on strategies which do work. ...Read more
See below: First, increase your water intake (to a reasonable amount). If oral laxatives aren't working, you can get a suppository from the drug store. If that doesn't work, then try an enema (also available over the counter). If that doesn't work, then you can try magnesium citrate - be warned - you will get a stomach ache. After that, i would go to the doctor to get evaluated. ...Read more
Try schedule: Consider constipation a packaging & delivery issue. If the stool stays inside too long, water is extracted & the remainder dries more. Many slow movers suffer chronically & aggravate their problem by delaying or skipping a signaled emptying.Try emptying on a schedule that works with your lifestyle. Go thru the motions 2-4x daily to draw the stool down &out. Daily MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) softens & helps. ...Read more
The duration of no: Bm and degree of back up influence discomfort during relief. Patients taking narcotics need to take biscodyl at dinner time, and have a bm at least every other day. If no bm for >3-4 days, citrate of magnesia, lactulose may save enema use, but clearing and rectal discomfort get worse the longer one waits. ...Read more
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
I feel constipated. I am still having BM's daily, but they're just quarter-sized pebbles, not one mass BM. Should I take a laxative?
Increase fiber/water: It sounds like you may need to increase your dietary fiber. Try food sources - veggies, beans, grains first. Can add fiber supplements if needed. Increase water intake and exercise as well. If no improvement, then consider trying Miralax (polyethylene glycol). See Dr if signifiant abdominal pain or worsening constipation. Take Care! ...Read more
My baby is havingfsevere constipation.She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?
Diet change: You did not give the age of the baby. It is a very common problem and you often need o give suppositories and laxative (usually miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is effective and safe), change diet and formula if he/she takes formula, and it still takes time. This may help: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/ages-stages/baby/diapers-clothing/pages/infant-constipation.Aspx. ...Read more
16 constipated for 6weeks and still never had a period what could this be? Not even laxative does anything
I'm very constipated. Went to DR. and he told me to take laxatives. I took two maximum strength laxatives and still can't poop...what could be wrong?
Your diet: the problem is your diet, life long of junk food will not be treated by a couple of laxatives.you need a lot of hydration 8-10 bottle of water,and natural juices, you need to avoid sodas ,and energy drinks.you need to eat fruits and vegetables,and a lots of fibers.for now take four tablets of dulcolax, then mix half bottle of miralax (polyethylene glycol) in 64 oz of Gaterade ,and drink it,repeat it once if needed. ...Read more
Im drinking a lot of water everyday.And still im constipated. Sometimes i need to drink laxative to digest. Can you help me doc?
Constipated?: Colonics & purges are popular but should be avoided & can not be recommended (see earlier healthtap answers). Use of irritant laxatives are safe for the short-term only. Fiber supplements, stool softeners, & lavage agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) are safe. Rx drugs are available based on work-up of your cause of constipation. However, patients define "constipation" differently than doctors--what's your issue? ...Read more
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