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Will Golytely Help Severe Constipation
Went to ER due to severe constipation. Was prescribed 4 L of GoLytely (polyethylene glycol). Have had 56oz over 3 hrs & no BM yet. Is this normal to have not gone yet?
Wait: If you don't have any BM in the next 24 hr I would go back to your doctor. Did they take any xray? How long had it gone since you had a BM? ...Read more
Peg is the basis of a number of laxatives (i.e. Polyethylene glycol 3350, or miralax). Whole bowel irrigation with polyethylene glycol and added electrolytes is used for bowel preparation before surgery or colonoscopy. The preparation is sold under the brand names golytely, gavilyte c, nulytely, glycolax, fortrans, trilyte, among others. Read more ...Read more
My local ER gave me golytely (polyethylene glycol) for severe constipation; will it give me cramps?
More or less: Yes, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or peg 3350 is a safe way to introduce more water and therefore all the benefits of a stool softener into your daily routine. Most laxatives can cause painful cramps and ultimately are habit forming. If a water stool develops return to one capful daily. Remember to introduce more exercise and make time for your daily routine. ...Read more
I have severe chronic constipation due to slow colon transit. No laxatives work so doc wants me to try golytely bowel prep daily. Is this safe?
It is...: ...but by way of background, do you take opioids, and have you tried Linzess, Trulance, oral Relistor, Movantik? ...Read more
What are my treatment options for idiopathic megacolon? I have severe constipation and currently on miralax (polyethylene glycol). Is surgery recommended
I have to take dolcolax (25mg), miralax, (polyethylene glycol) and linzess daily for severe constipation. Can I still get pregnant? Are they related to pregnancy at all?
Am 17 weeks pregnant having severe constipation, is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use during pregnancy?
I prescribe it: There are many options for constipation in pregnancy. First involves making sure you are taking enough water and fiber in your diet. Metamucil or fibercon can be used in addition to natural sources of fiber. Colace twice daily often helps as well. But for those patients who don't see improvement on that regimen, either a dulcolax suppository or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) is the next thing I typically suggest. ...Read more
35 wks Pregnant have severe constipation. Went to doctor, Miralax (polyethylene glycol) isn't helping, took water & baking soda, feel it working, Safe for baby & me?
Constipation: This should be fine and not harmful to your baby. ...Read more
My wife is 10 wks pregnant and having severe constipation. Tried stool softeners and Metamucil. The dr recommended miralax (polyethylene glycol) but we read mixed info. Ok?
Yes: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is fine. Most important, though, is drinking lots of water. The hormones of early pregnancy slow the bowel down, so constipation is a problem. It usually gets better in the second trimester, but then worse again in the late third. When the baby's head is taking up room in the pelvis. ...Read more
I have IBS with severe constipation sometime with chronic diarrhea I'm currently 32 weeks pregnant and high risk will Miralax (polyethylene glycol) be safe for me to take?
Full assessment: Constipation has many contributors. Diet high in simple carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, starches), lack of exercise, and lack of fluid intake are primary reasons, followed closely by medications that dry you out. If you are a woman, menopause can also be a contributor. That being said, adding daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) 17g twice a day with water will help, and follow with an otc mild laxative for a few days. ...Read more
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! Stop the caffeine! ...Read more
Probably: It should do the trick.Get a more detailed answer ›
What to do if my 77 year old grandmother is having severe constipation, even anema hasn't worked?
Go see Gastroenterol: Assuming that she's tried to maximize fiber, fluids & exercise, then she can consider over-the-counter stool softeners & laxatives. Failing that, take her to see her Family Doc or Geriatrician to review medications for causes & check for hypothyroidism, anemia etc. After that, need to go to Gastroenterologist for colonoscopy. ...Read more
I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine? I am using suppository everyday.
Slow versus normal?: Has structural pathology been ruled out in your colon or rectum, and have you had an assessment of GI transit (slow versus normal "constipation"), of metabolic diseases (low thyroid, low adrenal), & of possible abdominal pathology external to the gut? Continued use of irritant suppositories may do more harm. If stool softeners, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) & diet modification don't help, please get checked by doctor. ...Read more
I've had severe constipation for the past month now and now I'm seeing a good amount of red blood showing up mixed with what Lil I can get out?
Gastroenterologist: Blood in stools is abnormal and must be investigated. In your case it may be from hemorrhoids or an anal fissure brought on or aggravated by straining at stool. In the meantime your constipation has to also be addressed. If you have the urge but can't move your bowels, insert a glycerin rectal suppository or use a dulcolax suppository or a lubricated fleets enema gently. Consult a gastroenterologi ...Read more