I am taking colace and senna one time a day. I have been constpated 3 days and they still have not moved. What’s everyone else doing for constipation. Thank You
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Hi! Talk to your docs about Metamucil fiber gummies. I take those and they seem to be helpful.
Hi myringo. I have had several bouts of constipation, three of which lasted 6 days. Fortunately one long bout was in the hospital after surgery when I wasn't allowed to use my muscles to void so the doctors and nurses intervened. They prescribed for the future the over the counter Miralax to be taken in the morning on a regular basis. I mix it with juice (apple or cranberry). Senna didn't work for me and I was advised not to self administer anal treatments because of possible infection. Now because I don't need Miralax daily, I treat myself to a prune juice cocktail (prune juice over ice in a fancy glass) at night and eat bran cereal a few times a week.
If the constipation lasts long 5 days or more, you should consider having professional care intervene.
Hope this helps, Barbara aka ajdo129
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I've been using Metamucil on and off for years, and never really relished glugging down the sludge. It was particularly unpleasant when I was (needlessly) avoiding the flavored, sugared, product. I was making a home brew with saccharin. Bleah. Try going back to the fiber stuff. If needed, sprinkle some sugar in the water before adding the powder. I also discovered (because I was using lemon juice and water with that awful lactulose) that lemon juice -- start with a teaspoon and adjust to taste -- makes Metamucil almost pleasant. BTW, I'd tried store brands, but didn't like its graininess.
The ones I take are gummies, not the liquid. They are very tolerable. I’m with you on the liquid - too grainy and gritty!
@myringo, how are you doing? Forgive the pun, but are things "moving" for you now? What helped?
I am sorry for you but I have never had that problem. After my transplant they gave me Colesce but I declined knowing my system would kick in and it did with a vengeance. That said, I do take Costco psyllium fiber (Metamucil) in the morning --three heaping tablespoons -- and have done so for about 40 years. I do so to bulk up and not "visit the throne" more than six times a day. I don't experience the graininess though I have perfected the art of chugging a glass in a few seconds.
It was suggested the Bob take Senna daily, in addition to his daily Metamucil. Drinking his 2 litters of water and getting in his daily walk helps too.
Fiber, lots of water and mirlax worked for me. Eating a higher fiber diet helps. Don’t overdo fiber tho it can work against your goal.
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Kidney transplant was on July 13,2023
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