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Can i take valium, synthroid, (thyroxine) and percocet with Dulcolax sensitive stomache for women for constipation? I am afraid to mix and i only this laxative available and I have not defecated pain medication.

Can i take valium, synthroid, (thyroxine) and percocet with Dulcolax sensitive stomache for women for constipation?  I am afraid to mix and i only this laxative available and I have not defecated pain medication.

Yes: However, am concerned about combination of valium and percocet. Both are sedating and can mix in a deadly cocktail. Very worrisome.
Percocet is the cause of constipation--any way to cut back or talk to doctor about alternative pain control measures? Increase fluids, fiber, consider MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is gentle and effective too. Dulcolax tends to cause cramping; less so with miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...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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What type of laxative should I use with pain medication?

What type of laxative should I use with pain medication?

Plumbing Fixes: Diet changes: get plenty fiber by eating fruits&veggies, whole grains, oatmeal, psyllium or flaxseed, metamucil. Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid daily. Take over the counter docusate, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or bisacodyl. Good luck with your plumbing. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

How can I get rid of constipation without taking laxatives or any other medication?

Diet and exercise : Lots of fruits and vegetables, more plain water, and keep moving, if that doesn't help see your doctor for evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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I've been having medication provoked constipation for the last 6 wks. I've used a laxative once weekly since. Cant move my bowels without. Stop?

I've been having medication provoked constipation for the last 6 wks. I've used
a laxative once weekly since. Cant move
my bowels without.  Stop?

Talk to your doctor: Whether you should stop your medication depends on the severity of the problem the medication is treating, what other options might be available and how hard you have tried to take care of your constipation. Are you eating a good diet, drinking enough water? Have you tried an over the counter such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (generic would be ok). Have you talked with your doctor about the constipation? ...Read more

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Can laxatives or other bowel cleansing preps interfere with absorption of oral medications?

Yes: Laxatives can affect the absorption of some medications. Warfarin, antibiotics, and heart medications can be affected by laxatives. ...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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I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?

I have a colon blockage without any constipation and medications and laxatives are not helping me, what can be the next step?

Cause: The next step will be finding the cause for your colon blockage in order to be able to address it. Talk to your doc about possibly seeing a gastroenterologist. Keep a log of symptoms, bowel movements, etc that should help your doc better direct the workup. ...Read more

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Have not pooped in 5 days. Took 2 laxative still nothing. What should I do ?Recently had a dnc surgery 5 days ago. Not on any other medications.

Constipated: If you have the urge to move your bowels but can't, using a rectal suppository of a gentle enema does the trick. If you have no urge to go, a stronger laxative may be needed. If there is abdominal distension, abdominal pain or tenderness or vomiting, get professional exam and help which may included disimpaction. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to ease severe gut pain until I can get a laxative or other medication from a doctor?

Is there anything I can take to ease severe gut pain until I can get a laxative or other medication from a doctor?

Left sided pain?: Causes of abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved. In females: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Also, fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Severe pain warrants urgent evaluation, not masking symptoms. ...Read more

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How effective are over-the-counter constipation medications? I have constipation and want to save money on treatment. How safe and effective are over-the-counter laxatives? .

How effective are over-the-counter constipation medications? I have constipation and want to save money on treatment. How safe and effective are over-the-counter laxatives?

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Hello. : Hello. They can be quite effective. Drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water and try to eat 5 servings of vegetable and four servings to fruit per day to help avoid constipation. Move about every day - walking is fine. Try to avoid junk food. ...Read more

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Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?

Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?

Work-up appropriate: Before you contemplate longterm laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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6 days no bowel movement due to NECESSARY medications for illnesses I have. Laxatives & prune juice not worked. What should I do? (I am away so no GP)

Constipation: Without knowing what medications you are taking, it is difficult to give advice to avoid interactions with your meds. Be sure you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Try fiber like methylcellulose or high fiber foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Over the counter stool softeners might help - docusate. Avoid bananas and white rice - constipating. ...Read more

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What is the most effective women's laxative?

Laxative: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an effective, pain-free female laxative besides correctol?

Few options: Osmotic laxatives are the safest to use on a regular basis if needed and they are available by rx - lactulose, or otc - mom (milk of magnesia), miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stool softners eg. Colace or fiber supplements eg. Metamucil, benefiber may also help. You should be trying to eat 30 grams of fiber per day along with drinking 64+ ounces of water per day. Good luck! ...Read more

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I do not have complete evacuation of stool and need a laxative that works over night but gentle. what do you suggest?

I do not have complete evacuation of stool and need a laxative that works over night but gentle.  what do you suggest?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is an over the counter stool softener which can be mixed with water or juice. Follow the dilution directions on the bottle exactly, as most stool softeners and fiber supplements will only work as they are intended if they are ingested with appropriate fluid amounts. ...Read more

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I took 2 gentle laxatives I've never had This problem before but now I am cramping every so often before I have to go and it is a tad painful?

I took 2 gentle laxatives I've never had This problem before but now I am cramping every so often before I have to go and it is a tad painful?

Bowel cramps: Laxatives stimulate bowel action, and you are feeling it. This is a good symptom that tells you the medicine is working. Drink water to stay hydrated and wait for the laxatives to work. (Hollow organs give you cramping sensations; solid organs give you more constant discomfort.) ...Read more

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I am 23 years old .I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year .I have constipation and I use laxative .How i treat that ?What drug prescript?

I am 23 years old .I have mild hemoroid and anal fisher for one year .I have constipation and I use laxative .How i treat that ?What drug prescript?

Avoid constipation: Hemorrhoids are exacerbated by constipation and the "pushing" necessary. Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to keep stools soft. Most fissures will heal with a topical cream./ if not, surgery can help. See a doc. ...Read more

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I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I have been constipated for about 3 weeks and I took 2 women's laxative and I'm scared it's going to harm my baby  ?

"Bricking" it up?: Constipation in pregnancy is very common in pregnancy so much so that you might think you need a union card in the "bricklayers association". Seriously, you need to increase your water intake, fruits such as raisins or prunes, evacuate after the first substantial meal of the day, and avoid constipating foods. Laxatives are "harsh" not recommended but will not harm the baby. Fails? Consult OB MD. ...Read more

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Can i take a stool softener and a womens laxative while on amoxicillin antibiotics? In the same dose?

Can i take a stool softener and a womens laxative while on amoxicillin antibiotics? In the same dose?

Pharmacist: This would probably be ok as the amoxicillin will be absorbed before the laxative exerts its full effect. Your pharmacist can advise you on this matter,also. ...Read more

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Can i take a stool softener and a women's laxative while on amoxicillin antibiotics in the same dose?

Can i take a stool softener and a women's laxative while on amoxicillin antibiotics in the same dose?

Drug interactions: Great question to ask your pharmacist, family doc or prescribing physician! Always inform doc of all your meds before accepting a prescription. Stool softeners shouldn't interfere w/amoxicillin, nor laxatives but best to check w/above first. I can't give more definitive answer w/o knowing exact medication. Use http://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html to search for drug-drug interactions. ...Read more

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I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Female friend, severe constipation, used suppositories  oral laxative. Was able to go, had fleshy object about 7" long, appear, not a stool? Er or doc

Doctor: I do not see anything to cause someone to go to the doctor's office or the er. But, if you want to have a physician examine a female recovered from constipation then that is definitely not a reason to go to the er. ...Read more

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The last two days I have been popping water. A few days before that, I was constapated. Iv been taking Dulcolax laxative tablets for women and miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

The last two days I have been popping water. A few days before that, I was constapated. Iv been taking Dulcolax laxative tablets for women and miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and Dulcolax can definitely get things moving again. If you were constipated and now you're having very watery stools, it time to stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and dulcolax. You probably have medication induced cause of diarrhea. ...Read more