Laxative

Laxatives are given to people suffering from chronic constipation. The chemicals in laxatives help increase stool motility, bulk, and frequency, thus aiding in bowel movement.

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Will taking Magnesium for a long duration leads to the development of laxative dependent bowel movement?

Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding my bowel issues. About five years ago, I began taking moderate to high doses of Magnesium to ease my heart palpitations. This caused my stools to be very loose and easy to pass. I would normally have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Beginning last year, I st...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Magnesium dependency looks unlikely. Magnesium, being a laxative, helped your pre-existing condition. The symptoms you have mentioned point towards IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is constipation-predominant IBS. In constipation-predominant IBS, you may develop SR...  Read Full »

Why does my mother have severe pain while passing stools?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is 58-years-old. She is having severe pain while passing stool for the past two days. The area surrounding the anus is swollen and having redness also. She is having persistent pain, because of which she is not able to sit or lie down properly. The pain increases while passing...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is likely to be an anal fissure. It would be best if you get her examined by a local doctor to confirm it. The cause of it is constipation, and if it is not adequately treated, it hinders the healing of the fissure and may also cause recurrence. At the moment, I ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some curative measures for constipation.

Query: Hi doctor, I am following low carb diet of fewer than 1500 calories and facing constipation problem. Sometimes, I am bleeding while emptying the bowel. My stool is very hard and in groups of small pieces. Also, it comes very low in quantity. I am drinking 5 to 6 liters of water and having green leaf...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. You can use the enema to relieve constipation, which is caused as a side effect of drugs. The principle of enema is to irritate the rectal mucosa which causes defecation. You can ask your gastroenterologist to prescribe you Polyethylene Glycol. Polyet...  Read Full »

I am not having proper bowel movements. What can help me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I do not have my bowel movements for few days. I was advised to take Cephalexin for E.coli present in my urine. My doctor advised me to take Ciprofloxacin. I do not have any side effects from these medications. But I have lower left abdominal cramps and it go...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep V Nair

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope that you do not have these symptoms for a long time. Antibiotics can cause some amount of bowel upset. But mostly it causes diarrhea. I suggest you continue drinking plenty of water and avoid taking processed carbohydrates. Miralax or Polyethylene glycol is a...  Read Full »

Why does the bottom part of my abdomen hurt, and I am not able to poop?

Query: Hello doctor, The bottom part of my abdomen hurts, and I cannot pass stools.  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome you to icliniq.com. I can understand you must be very upset about your problem. It seems that you have a defecation disorder, which is difficulty in passing stools. It can occur to anybody, but common among individuals who have difficulty learning the art of passing stools. For t...  Read Full »

Why is my son suffering from stomach pain and loose motions?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 17 years old. He is suffering from severe stomach pain. He had motions around three to five times in the night. We consulted a doctor and he advised him to take Pentasa 1 g and Morease SR for a month. We have taken X-rays, blood tests, and colon endoscopy. His results came ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most common cause of abdominal pain is functional and it is related to multiple problems such as constipation and regurgitation of food. As organic causes are ruled out, it is necessary to rule out functional causes. I think that your son seems to have chronic const...  Read Full »

Why is my stomach bloated after laparoscopy?

Query: Hi doctor, Before five days, I had a laparoscopy. I am scared regarding my hard-bloated tummy. Will it go away? Is this normal?   Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This operative process involves the infusion of CO2 (carbon dioxide) into the abdomen. It is needed to distend the abdominal wall for having a proper visualization. We usually expel some gas after the procedure but some portion can remain trapped inside. This can ca...  Read Full »

Is manual evacuation of feces safe?

Query: Hi doctor, I woke up Tuesday and had mild diarrhea for about an hour. The next day I had constipation, and rest of the week, I had some mild diarrhea. I still feel constipated, and I am flatulent. I feel bloated. I took stool softeners and magnesium citrate. I did have watery diarrhea afterward, I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like chronic constipation. When you have impacted stools, a little bit of the watery stool percolates over the hard stool, but it does not clear your bowel. Manual evacuation is not a good idea, and it can cause local trauma and then worsen constipation. You ca...  Read Full »

Will long term use of laxative make my body dependent?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my health. I am all the time constipated, which is causing bleeding, and lately quite excessive. I have a healthy lifestyle, and a personalized dietician for my diet. I eat a lot of fiber and wholegrain foods, and I do not eat processed food. I am drinking plenty ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. As you mentioned, polyps were found in the colonoscopies. This is the reason for your bowel irregularities. Has your doctor confirmed any diagnosis through all these check-ups? There is a need for additional diagnostic tests to unde...  Read Full »

I have severe constipation and bloating problem, with slight vaginal bleeding. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old female, and I have been experiencing major constipation from the last month. Every time I eat, I experience bloating, and I am unable to go to the toilet later on. Have tried taking Sennetabs, Metamucil, increasing fiber, and water in the diet. I have this problem...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would need a little bit more history, How many times during a week do you have a bowel movement? Please go online and type Bristol stool chart, and let me know the consistency and type of the stools you are having in general from a month. Have you had diarrhea before...  Read Full »

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