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What can I do for my constipation without going to a doctor?

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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Stool softeners

Occasional constipation can be managed at home with stool softeners, such as docusate and polyethylene glycol 3350.
A stimulant laxative, such as senna or bisacodyl, can be added if the stool softener alone is not effective, but should not be taken continuously without physician supervision. If you only have a bowel movement after taking a stimulant laxative, you should see a doctor.

In brief: Stool softeners

Occasional constipation can be managed at home with stool softeners, such as docusate and polyethylene glycol 3350.
A stimulant laxative, such as senna or bisacodyl, can be added if the stool softener alone is not effective, but should not be taken continuously without physician supervision. If you only have a bowel movement after taking a stimulant laxative, you should see a doctor.
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: MIneral oil

Mineral oil until the problem resolves.
After that increase fiber in the diet to prevent it from coming back.

In brief: MIneral oil

Mineral oil until the problem resolves.
After that increase fiber in the diet to prevent it from coming back.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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