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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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How to help my mother who is suffering from constipation for three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother experienced COVID-19 symptoms last two weeks ago. Now she is feeling a little bit better. However, her bowel movement is not normal, and she has been constipated for three weeks. She took a laxative, but it did not work. She also tried extra virgin coconut oil, but still, she...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the constipation is not relieved even with medications, an organic cause of obstruction should be ruled out. For this, you will need an abdomen x-ray in an erect and supine position. Secondly, electrolyte abnormalities should be checked. Kindly get serum potas...  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....  Read Full »

I doubled the dose of my stool softener. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, It started three weeks ago. My stool was hard to push out, and only very little was coming out at a time since I changed my diet. Then my stool became very wet, soft, and easy to come out. Then I started Benefiber, which started making me constipated, so I stopped and started taking M...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The thin and wet stools are secondary to the use of the MiraLAX (Polyethylene Glycol 3350) powder. This is a bulk laxative, meaning it absorbs lots of water within the intestine and causes liquid quality stools. You did not mention how much Miralax you have t...  Read Full »

Why is my son having difficulty in passing stool?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 1.2 years old. We have recently moved to a new city, and ever since, he is not comfortable passing stool. His stools are hard and cause him pain. Apart from climate change, the water here is very hard. He takes baby food and homemade food, which we also consume. His height, w...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is one of the common complaints we encounter from the parents. There is nothing to worry. Your 1.2 years old son probably has constipation. As a result, he is passing hard stools with pain. Encourage him to have a liquid diet, like water, milk, juices, etc. Give him...  Read Full »

What causes mucous in stool and abnormal bowel movements in children?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3.5 year old daughter has irregular bowel movements with a recent problem of mucus in stool. Earlier also, she did not poop regularly. I use laxative when she does not poop for two to three days consecutively. Recently, she has a problem of mucus in her stool for approximately a month...  Read Full »


Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does she pass hard stools or normal stools with irregularity? Any history of blood in stools? Does she also complain of pain during defecation around the anal area? Has she ever passed stools in bulk sometime? Did you get her thyroid profile done? Does she have any o...  Read Full »

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 »

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 »

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