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Chronic constipation laxatives don't work what else can I use?

Chronic constipation laxatives don't work what else can I use?

OK: This is constipation! a hi fiber diet, 20-25 grams of fiber per day, drink 80-`100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily and increase your fluids if you do strenuous work or exercise. Do not use harsh laxatives.
Excess fiber in the face if inadequate fluids will cause bloating and constipation. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can i take another?

What do you advise if I have constipation-i took two laxatives in the morning, didn't work. Can i take another?

Liquids only: And take a tbspoon of mom and mineral oil every 12 hours. Should clean out in 24-48 hours. If stool in rectum use glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) from below. Do not eat solid food untlil you are completely cleaned out and avoid getting to this point in the future by eating and drinking properly. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

Can you suggest some good laxatives or constipation remedies that work well and quick?

For constipation: take Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortable bowel movement (BM) the next day, take 4 tablets the next night. You can continue to increase the dose by 2 tablets every night until it works. It is safe and effective to continue taking the dose that works every night. ...Read more

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Does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

Does the  laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

Senna laxative tea: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 types) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. Senna tea can be used as a laxative. ...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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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 have acid reflux-acid washing up throat, indigestion-bad breath from stomach and constipation, laxatives or prunes don't work, solutions ?

I have acid reflux-acid washing up throat, indigestion-bad breath from stomach and constipation, laxatives or prunes don't work, solutions ?

Comfort control: Avoid eat within 2 hrs before bed time. Sleep with pillow. Avoid fatty food which delay stomach emptying. Decrease stress. Exercise and practice yoga. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??

AvoidSurgery, likely: end up with more problems: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW. Physical activity & avoiding delays in evacuation (when slightest urge) typically most effective strategies. Agents which bind water, best above ground veggies (trial & error for which & how much daily required) next best. Mental issues (infancy on) always relevant though hidden except via symptoms. Trial of linaclotide might help for symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been constipated for over a month now and nothing works i've taken oral laxatives and suposatories. I also have a good diet and exercise?

I've been constipated for over a month now and nothing works i've taken oral laxatives and suposatories. I also have a good diet and exercise?

See a doctor: This situation deserves evaluation by a good doc. You should be checked for hypothyroidism, intestinal yeast overgrowth, parasites, structural problems, magnesium deficiency etc.
You might want to try triphala, a wonderful ayurvedic digestive tonic. Also see http://www.Lef.Org/magazine/mag2013/oct2013_immediate-relief_02.Htm
even if these help, it's important to learn why you have this problem. ...Read more

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I been so constipated lately .. I tried everything . I dranked prum juice .. I took laxatives & nothing works please help me!

I been so constipated lately .. I tried everything . I dranked prum juice .. I took laxatives & nothing works please help me!

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily force you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?

Im taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work..Any laxatives u can suggest?

Constipation/medicin: You can try stool softner like docusate sodium 100 mgm once or twice a day, and if that does not work try MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) along with it one packet or two a day. ...Read more

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Im healthy and good fiber diet but constipated and laxatives never work on me. Modafinil only thing that works, how come? What properties cause this?

Im healthy and good fiber diet but constipated and laxatives never work on me. Modafinil only thing that works, how come? What properties cause this?

Too much: caffeine or alcohol and not enough other fluids. You need 80-100oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid every day, more if you do strenuous exercise or do strenuous work raising heart and respiratory rates ...Read more

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Have hemroids and bleeding in my stool can laxatives work for me since I'm constipated ?

Constipation and: hemorrhoid management work together. Increasing fiber--whole grain bread/cereal, fruits and veggies--generous water intake and more exercise should help regularity. OTC creams or suppositories can improve the pain/symptoms of hemorrhoids and stop the bleeding. You should only use them about a week. If bleeding persists, see doc for eval and possible rubber band ligation or injection of hemorrhoid ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks pregnant constipated and no appetite i been this way 3 day i try everything stool softer , fiber, laxative nothing don't work please help?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant constipated and no appetite i been this way 3 day i try everything stool softer , fiber, laxative nothing don't work please help?

Constipation: If you don't eat, you won't poop. When you eat, a reflex kicks in to move your intestines along. Unless instructed by ob, take it easy on the laxatives. Keep up with fiber and softeners and drink lots of water. It is common to lose your appetite late in pregnancy as your stomach gets compressed by your uterus. ...Read more

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Constipated. Fiber makes me bloated & gassy - no bowel movement. Take laxatives but doesn't work always. N e thing stronger? N e other way? I eat well

Constipated. Fiber makes me bloated & gassy - no bowel movement. Take laxatives but doesn't work always. N e thing stronger? N e other way? I eat well

Hydration & Exercise: There are many reasons for relative constipation. Have your md review your current medications for constipation as side effect. Fiber (with enough water) very helpful, and you need to titrate up to full doses or you will get gassy. A healthy, fiber filled diet always good, and don't forget to drink more water. Regular exercise also excellent for getting those bowels moving. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Stool softener: The stool softener is the better choice, you have to take it consistently and can increase it if needed. You also have to drink a lot of fluid with the stool softener. ...Read more

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What are some drug free relief medicines for chronic constipation? I don't want to live with laxatives. I eat very healthy. 31 years old female

What are some drug free relief medicines for chronic constipation?  I don't want to live with laxatives. I eat very healthy.  31 years old female

Start simple, but...: Docusate (per PDR) helps moisten &soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe &available for anyone over 2, &assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Please note that change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation ...Read more

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Constipation for 7 days. Took laxatives for 6 days n nothing?

See: your doctor. Taking laxatives with no results could be a problem. Worry about an obstruction. See your doctor to get on a proper schedule ...Read more

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For constipation, Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

For constipation, 
Multiple laxatives have been tried. Doctors won't do anything else. What to do now? :(

Common things...: I often recommend a daily regimen of a fiber laxative such as Benefiber (R) taken twice daily with a cathartic such as Miralax (polyethylene glycol) (R) taken at bedtime on the days that the person hasn't had a bowel movement.
This has to be started AFTER doing a bowel cleanse such as might be done prior to a colonoscopy.
If constipation is a chronic issue, despite the above, then a colonoscopy might be appropriate. ...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)?

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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