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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 kid with constipation?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has had chronic constipation issues and this past week he was at the ER three times, two enemas were given and eventually, they hospitalized him and they inserted an EG tube to flush out his bowels. I am trying to figure out the time frame it takes for a 4-year-old to become th...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. After going through the X-ray report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it shows on the 7th no gross constipation noted. On 8th and 10th X-ray constipation noted with colon filled with stool. But, the actual problem has star...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing laxative abuse along with restricted bowel movements. How can I get rid of it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have suffered from laxative abuse for approximately ten years. I am using very strong laxatives, several together. They are not as effective as they were and seem to pull more fluids than waste. I always have nausea because the laxatives work up the waste but do not remove all of it. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You likely have constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. You are a candidate for tablet Lubiprostone, so you should discuss it with a local doctor. Also, should try Syrup Lactulose if you are yet to try it. Discuss with your doctor before taking any medicat...  Read Full »

Will Duphalac syrup help with bleeding while passing motion?

Query: Hi doctor, While passing motion, there is a lot of bleeding for the last one week. Earlier it was there but very rare. Now, whenever I pass motion, there is bleeding and burning sensation with irritation. Also, I had a normal delivery before nine months. Earlier, my gynecologist suggested having Dup...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq I went through your query. Based on symptoms, mostly, you have bleeding piles or fissures. Yes, you can take Duphalac syrup two tablespoons at night time. Also, apply Cherioll hemorrhoid cream near your anal area. It will help with the pain. Some preventive measures that you...  Read Full »

I have constant stomach pain in the lower left side of the belly. Kindly help me.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36-year-old female with sickle cell disease, gastritis, and avascular necrosis of both shoulders. My gall bladder was removed two years ago, but the stomach pain is constant even with Protonics 40 mg twice daily. For the past week, I have had this pain in the lower left side of my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand how much pain you are in. Abdominal pains have various etiologies. The location and nature of the pain that you are suggesting point to a diagnosis of diverticulitis. It is an infection of a small outpouching of the large intestine mostly on the left side...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 taken. Ta...  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 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 »

Please suggest medicines to treat Flagyl induced constipation.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I am trying to overcome constipation caused by the Flagyl antibiotic, and I do not know what medication is safe to take with Flagyl to help me go. I heard taking lemon juice reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, and I have drunk some. I also heard that l...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, you rightly pointed out that it is possibly Flagyl (antibiotic) causing constipation. You increase the water intake by up to two to three liters in a day. Plus, use Miralax 17 gm (polyethelene glycol) sachet twice daily with a glass of water. This is Polyethylene...  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, weig...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 h...  Read Full »

Is surgery necessary for treating anal fissure?

Query: Hello doctor, Four years back, I got constipation for two days and due to that I had some mass near my anal opening, but it does not cause any pain or bleeding while defecation. Doctor told it is a sentinel and no treatment is required. Now two years back I had an anal fissure. It got healed but re...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sentinel pile mass you have is due to an underlying chronic fissure. The issues with fissure are usually aggravated by constipation. The main factor to avoid fissure is to avoid constipation or hard stools or even straining at stools. When you have a chronic fissure...  Read Full »

Can constipation with abdominal pain caused by drugs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female. I am 5.5 feet tall and weigh about 297 lbs . For the last several months, I have been having issues with constipation and I take magnesium sulfate about once a week and it helps me go one good time and then I am back being constipated. And the stomach pains a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can imagine you must be upset about all this. Well, the symptoms you mention seem to be a functional defecation disorder where someone has difficulty while passing stools without any gross pathology. It is possible that you have anxiety or stress or change in the...  Read Full »

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