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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more


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Can calcium orotate cause diareha? I thought it was supposed to cause constipation?

Can calcium orotate cause diareha? I thought it was supposed to cause constipation?

Calcium orotate: This medication is not know to routinely cause diarrhea. Rather, it is more likely to cause constipation and stomach upset. However, every person is different and responds differently to medication. Thus, diarrhea may either be unrelated to the calcium, or just an abnormal side effect. ...Read more

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Do calcium tablets cause constipation? If so, what's the cure other than not taking them?

Do calcium tablets cause constipation? If so, what's the cure other than not taking them?

Calcium: Some people find that calcium citrate is better absorbed and has fewer side effects compared with calcium carbonate. ...Read more

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Would 1200 mg Calcium/day cause constipation? Would Duloxetine 30 mg cause constipation?

Would 1200 mg Calcium/day cause constipation? Would Duloxetine 30 mg cause constipation?

Yes: Constipation is a common side effect of calcium supplementation, so decrease or temporarily stop the calcium to see if the problem clears up. Duoloxetine can cause gastrointestinal side effects, but you should not just stop it because you could get withdrawal symptoms and feel badly. Talk to your doctor about any changes in bowel habits that do not completely clear up. ...Read more

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Do calcium supplements cause constipation?

Do calcium supplements cause constipation?

Calcium: Calcium in the right dose should not cause constipation. How much calcium are you taking, and are you also taking vitamin D. I strongly recommend that you go to a nearby library and read about the important amount of calcium and vitamin D. Of importance you must get to know what dose is OK for calcium and vitamin D. In many places milk will include both calcium and vitamin D. ...Read more

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What is the best calcium to take to avoid constipation?

What is the best calcium to take to avoid constipation?

Foods: I prefer food sources of calcium as the are better absorbed and assimilated where we want them - cottage cheese, yoghurt. Too much ca supplement without vit d and vit k and you end up with concern for entering vessel walls leading to plaquing - not good. Best oral supplement if you are dairy allergic is ca citrate as best absorbed. ...Read more

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Since taking calcium 1200 mg + D3 1000 iu have constipation, two pills with meal. Diagnosed with severe osteoporosis just started the regimen. Any sug?

Since taking calcium 1200 mg + D3 1000 iu have constipation, two pills with meal. Diagnosed with severe osteoporosis just started the regimen. Any sug?

Calcium can: Cause constipation. Citrate is generally less of a problem than carbonate. Don't take it all with one meal, split the dose with several meals and make sure you get in sufficient fiber and water. Check w/your doctor for further info. Vitamin d dose is probably too low as most need 2000 units of d3/day. Won't cause constipation. If your osteoporosis is severe you probably need other rx as well. ...Read more

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What can be done for chronic constipation due due calcium channel blockers?

What can be done for chronic constipation due due calcium channel blockers?

Change: To a different drug if the constipation cannot be treated by increasing fiber and or periodic laxatives. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended calcium to take to avoid constipation?

Doctor recommended calcium to take to avoid constipation?

Different types: Food sources are best: low fat dairy, tofu, dark green leafy veg, canned sardines and salmon with bones. Fortified on, soy milk etc are ok. Any ca supplement can cause constipation. Citrate less than carbonate. Taking magnesium with calcium doesn't increase absorption, but is a laxative and can counteract ca induced constipation. Drink lots of fluids, take ca in split doses. ...Read more

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My father in law is having diarrhea n constipation after chemo on Friday is it safe to take Tums (calcium carbonate) he has cll?

My father in law is having diarrhea n constipation after chemo on Friday is it safe to take Tums (calcium carbonate) he has cll?

Tums (calcium carbonate): Hi, I don't think there is any interaction between Chemo medication and Tums, (calcium carbonate) so it's ok. ...Read more

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Will Tums (calcium carbonate) help with constipation?

Probably not: As Tums (calcium carbonate) have calcium which when taken in excess will cause constipation. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant & my prenatals are causing constipation from the iron. Are the childrens or adult gummy vitamins ok? Some of them lack calcium etc.

I'm 8 weeks pregnant & my prenatals are causing constipation from the iron. Are the childrens or adult gummy vitamins ok? Some of them lack calcium etc.

Add fiber: Hi heather ~ the iron, as well as hormonal changes, are causing the constipation. Thus changing your vitamin is unlikely to solve your problem. Iron and Folic Acid are the most important elements of a prenatal vitamin. Try increasing your water intake, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and adding a fiber supplement (such as metamucil). ...Read more

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Could my drug regimen of depakote, omeprazole, percocet, calcium, and vitamin d be causing constipation?

Could my drug regimen of depakote, omeprazole, percocet, calcium, and vitamin d be causing constipation?

Yes: Constipation is a known side effect of both Percocet and omeprazole.
If you must have these medicines, increase both your water and fiber intake, and consider adding probiotics to your diet to offset the effects. ...Read more

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I have stomach spasms at night only when im trying to sleep. Also for 3 months I have bad gas/acid. Tums (calcium carbonate) works for a bit, docs say constipation? Why?

I have stomach spasms at night only when im trying to sleep. Also for 3 months I have bad gas/acid. Tums (calcium carbonate) works for a bit, docs say constipation? Why?

Check with doctor: It seems gastric or stomach related. Sometimes the mileu of the stomach gets out of whack. A liitle bacteria here a litlte hyperacidity there. A GI doctor could probably pin it down. Try it. ...Read more

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I am having constipation issues and need help I have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular I drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

I am having constipation issues and need help I have also had a gastric bypass in 2006 and have never been regular I drink coffee every day, tea, oj, and crystal light. I take 325 mg of iron daily, tylenol 3, 3 calcium citrate daily and 2 vitamins daily.

Can make changes: Try switching to a less constipating form of iron (e.g., ferrous bisglycinate) and try to moderate consumption of diuretic drinks like coffee/oj. Magnesium and vitamin c supplementation can also help with constipation (although mg+ can interfere with calcium absorption if you're low). For vit c, start with buffered powder, add a heaping 1/2 tsp to water/juice, & increase by 1/2 tsp/day until ok. ...Read more

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I have a calcium deposite on my occipital bone. I have blurred vision confusion vertigo heart palpitations horrible joint pain constipation plz help?

I have a calcium deposite on my occipital bone. I have blurred vision confusion vertigo heart palpitations horrible joint pain constipation plz help?

Need workup: This can be caused by multiple issues but you should have this looked at by a physician to rule out more worrisome processes like multiple myeloma or to just let you know it is simply anxiety. These symptoms together can be a multitude of different things and you should be worked up and examined. ...Read more

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8 weaks pregnant and can't keep from eating raw rice or clay, taking calcium, iron suppliments xtremely constipated, hv hemoroids. What to do?

8 weaks pregnant and can't keep from eating raw rice or clay, taking calcium, iron suppliments xtremely constipated, hv hemoroids. What to do?

Constipation: Eating raw rice and clay sounds like you have pica -- a compulsion to eat non-nutritive substances. Those you're choosing can cause constipation. It can indicate nutritional problems like iron deficiency. Calcium & iron supplements can be constipating in themselves, though. Please tell your doctor about this and stop the clay and raw rice. Drink water; eat veggies & fruits -- esp. Prunes. ...Read more

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Got constipated taking too much calcium carbonate, took prune juice and castor oil, feeling somewhat better, how long will my abdomen be bloated?

Got constipated taking too much calcium carbonate, took prune juice and castor oil, feeling somewhat better, how long will my abdomen be bloated?

Calcium: Calcium tends to constipate people and thus I usually advise people to take magnesium to counteract this effect along with vit D3 to help absorb the calcium. You will likely be bloated as long as you remain constipated. Question is why did you start taking calcium in the first place. If that was for heartburn, reflux may be a cause for bloating as well. ...Read more

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I have constant headache with flank pain left sided pain, with constipation for days. I'm taking calicum supplement could I have hypercalcemia?

I have constant headache with flank pain left sided pain, with constipation for days. I'm taking calicum supplement could I have hypercalcemia?

Yes, you may: High calcium causes constipation and kidney disease. If you develop kidney disease, your blood pressure could rise and you can get a headache. Avoid dehydration, inactivity, thiazide diuretic. Hypercalcaemia: stones, bones, groans, thrones and psychiatric overtones. ...Read more

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What causes extra calcium in your system?

What causes extra calcium in your system?

Several possibilitie: While it can be intake of calcium milk vitamins minerals I really excessive amounts that is not likely.
The body regulates calcium so...if dietary is hi, it just doesn't get in.
Mainly it is elevated when a regulatory system is messed up.
Too much parathyroid hormone elevates calcium
Having bones breaking down can also do that ...Read more

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Does risotto cause constipation?

Does risotto cause constipation?

Risotto: Is an italian rice dish. If you have a diet that is high in this type of carbs and is lacking in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and other sources of fiber - constipation is more likely. But risotto does not in and of itself cause constipation. ...Read more

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Can mebervine cause constipation?

Can mebervine cause constipation?

Not listed: As a side effect of this medicine. Known side effects include:
allergic or hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylactic reactions
angioedema
face edema
skin rash or rashes
urticaria ...Read more

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Could over eating cause constipation?

Could over eating cause constipation?

Overeat/Constipation: Overeating may cause constipation by increasing the intestinal waste. This may lead to improper colon function and distension of the colon possibly affecting the muscle tone and natural peristalsis or wave like motions of the intestine which propel the waste materials towards the anal opening. A well balanced diet high in fiber and water decreases constipation. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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What causes constipation and how can I treat this?

What causes constipation and how can I treat this?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more