However, there are several factors which can increase your chances of having constipation. Straining at stool and a feeling of incomplete evacuation were also commonly reported. Most Geriatricians would agree that docusate is not very effective, yet it is widely used. For as long as it takes.

Fluid replacement therapy: A treatment to get the fluids in the body back to normal amounts. As I note in the article, a bulking agent such as Metamucil can stopper up some people. BFI scores provide the most compelling evidence that OIC does not respond to laxatives. When taking this type of laxative, you must make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized in writing by ADAM Health Solutions. Clipboard, Search History, and several other advanced features are temporarily unavailable. Severe dehydration can occur from loss of fluids and lack of hydration to cells and tissues. Rena Goldman is a senior editor and freelance journalist who lives in Southern California.

Effectiveness of senna vs polyethylene glycol as laxative therapy in children with constipation related to anorectal malformation.

Chronic laxative use can make the colon forget how to do its regularly scheduled job. Ask your doctor on how to gradually withdraw from laxatives if you are dependent on them. Experts say fat that accumulates around the waist is the most dangerous type of body fat. Dietary fibre should be titrated upwards to prevent bloating and flatulence.