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I am still constipated after a laxative what now?

I am still constipated after a laxative what now?

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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What do I do if I'm still constipated after taking a laxative?

What do I do if I'm still constipated after taking a laxative?

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

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If your constipated and you take a laxative will it hurt still?

If your constipated and you take a laxative will it hurt still?

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

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What do I do if I'm still constipated after improving my diet and trying laxatives?

What do I do if I'm still constipated after improving my diet and trying laxatives?

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

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I took a laxative last night, it worked this morning, but I still have that constipated feeling. Why is that?

I took a laxative last night, it worked this morning, but I still have that constipated feeling. Why is that?

Well: Usually when someone is constipated they have a three or four large bowel movements of poop that need to be cleaned out. See a physicians in person for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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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?

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

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My baby is havingfsevere constipation. She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?

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

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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?

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 more

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I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

I have constipation after hysterectomy 45 days ago. If double doses of miralax or laxatives work for bowels could I still have a partial obstruction.

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to have Partial Intestinal Obstruction after Hysterectomy.And also you are moving your bowels. You can slowly cut down the dose of your laxatives and try to move your bowels on your own. But if you still need the laxatives daily consult your doctor. You also need to drink plenty fluids and fiber in your diet ...Read more

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I'm drinking a lot of water everyday. And still im constipated. Sometimes I need to drink laxative to digest. Can you help me doc?

I'm 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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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

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I took a stool softener for two days and still am constipated. Can I take a laxative as well?

Yes: Do not forget hydration and exercise, such as a brisk half an hour walk or sit-ups. A stimulant laxative such as Senna may help. If no response, a Dulcolax suppository should be in place. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Constipated over a week, took miralax, (polyethylene glycol)kinda worked but constipated again, took laxative last night, still nothing. Should I go to dr? What will they do?

Healthy food: At 22 you should not be getting constipated, most likely you are not eating properly, medications you are taking are contributing. Be active drink plenty of fluids with high fibre balanced diet you will be fine. ...Read more

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My 3 year olds pediatrician recommended a stimulant laxative to relieve constipation. Still pooping 3 days later?

My 3 year olds pediatrician recommended a stimulant laxative to relieve constipation. Still pooping 3 days later?

That's the: PROBLEM with so called "stimulant" laxatives and in fact ALL laxatives.
MY OPINION ONLY THERE IS NO PLACE FOR LAXATIVE USE IN CHILDREN!
Increasing FLUID INTAKE, FRuITS such as PRUNES, PEARS, APRICOTS should be used!

NOTE I AM NOT a PEDIATRICIAN thus I BOW to his/her treatment...the continued pooping is "to be expected" Dr Z ...Read more

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Stomach pressure and constipation for past 2 weeks. Laxatives don't always work. Still pass gas and very little bowel movements on a daily basis.?

Chronic constipation is a common complaint using laxatives are the best way to handle this but ones that or not habit forming a good example would be milk of magnesia for MiraLAX and would use that daily until the condition is more comfortable if you were: Chronic constipation is common if it persists you should see your physician as this is a change of bowel movement. You can use milk of magnesia or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) as directed which are excellent laxatives which will correct the condition. ...Read more

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I'm 42 for the last 2 weeks I have been having bloating ect. I take oxy codone daily this friday I felt constipated and tried laxitive which produced few results and I am still very uncomfortable hurts to walk pain is in my lower belly above my pelvis all t

I'm 42 for the last 2 weeks I have been having bloating ect. I take oxy codone daily this friday I felt constipated and tried laxitive which produced few results and I am still very uncomfortable hurts to walk pain is in my lower belly above my pelvis all t

Constipation: Definitely sounds like you have constipation related to the oxycodone. Whenever you are on a narcotic, you'll need a laxative to help you stool. I recommend docosate sodium via prescription or magnesium to bowel tolerance (i.e. Until you get the quality of stools you want). Start with 500mg/night and double every night until you achieve the stools you want. You should be stooling 1-2x per day. ...Read more

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Is laxative good for constipation?

Is laxative good for constipation?

Yes: Take them as needed. If constipation does not respond to over the counter laxatives, visit your doctor ...Read more

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What are some laxative foods for constipation?

What are some laxative foods for constipation?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! ...Read more

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How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

Generally I am: Not in favor of chronic laxative use. A hi fiber diet along with 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day usually corrects the problem. You are approaching the age for colon screening and if the above doesn't work for you after trying for 2 weeks minimum, you may be a candidate for a colonoscopy even at age 46 or at least an evaluation. Tlk with a colon and rectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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Could it be okay to take a laxative for constipation?

Could it be okay to take a laxative for constipation?

Yes, but don't make: It a habit. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any non habit forming laxatives for constipation?

Yes: There are different types of medicine for constipation. The best approach is to eat more fruit, fluids and fiber. Docusate is a stool softener that helps if stools are hard and there are vegetable laxative products that can help pass stool. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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