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Constipation Rx: usually begins with diet and lifestyle changes: increase fiber intake, drink A LOT of water, exercise nearly daily, defecate when you feel urge. Laxatives are next step: fiber supplements (psyllium, methyl cellulose) are safest. Lubricants/mineral oil may help, or stool softeners. Osmotic laxatives help fluids move through colon: milk of magnesia, MiraLax (polyethylene glycol). Then, prescriptions: see your Doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Most of the time...: ...High-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
constipation: In a young male is most often caused by inadequate fluid intake or the wrong fluids and lack of fiber. Both are necessary. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has no fiber and i reserve for the elderly sedentary patients. Drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily, 20 oz additional per 30 minutes of strenuous activity. Eat a good hi fiber diet and don't waste your money on fiber supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many days and what kind of home treatments are enough before seeking medical treatment for constipation is necessary?
Try OTC laxatives...: Constipation is common and usually caused by a benign process such as change in diet, activity, travel, or medications. Try eating more fiber, taking otc fiber supplements (e.g. Metamucil), otc laxatives (e.g. Milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) miralax) or getting more exercise. If the constipation lasts for more than a few weeks and/or is associated with significant abdominal pain or rectal bleeding see a doctor. ...Read more
Flush thruough fiber: Please flush through with lots of fluids, which can be critical to prevent constipation, and a good fiber laxative will help promote motility of the colon to help expel the seeds.....Perhaps MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (available over the counter) would help clear the colon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fiber and fluid: The best treatments for constipation are "homeopathic"- fiber and fluid. Get enough of both, and usually, the constipation will resolve. Remember to eat a balanced diet and stay active as well. With these simple things, most often the problem resolves. True clinical constipation- moving one's bowels less frequently than once in 5 days- is relatively rare, and should be evaluated by a specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet: Go with diet first: increase fluids/fruits and veggies 4 to 5 servings/day. Activa yogurt with active probiotics 2-3 times daily can also help. If worsening, trial otc MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) laxative powder: 1-2 capfuls in beverage daily until your stool is soft like pancake batter. ...Read more
Constipation: If you are breastfeeding a breast fed baby can have a stool with each feeding , go once a day or may take a week to have a stool. He is not considered constipated. If you are bottle feeding, make such he is not getting excessive amounts of milk. You may add a teaspoon or two of dark karo syrup to the formula to help the constipation. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Can a dsmo w/ lidocaine and sodium bicarbonate treatment cause constipation?
7" skin colored item passed from rectum after treatment of constipation. Solid, does not break up like stool. Able to lift out of toilet. Concern?
Several ways to help: A high-fiber diet adequate fluid intake, take the time for bowel movements if those do not work then take some laxatives: bulk laxatives(fiber supplements) with a lot of water. Stimulantsdulcolax. Lubricant enema. Stool softeners, make the stool softer. Osmotics mirlax. Saline laxatives act like a sponge to draw water into the colon for easier passage of stool. Chloride channel activators amitiza (lubiprostone). ...Read more
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