Chronic Constipation caused by Codeine

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Hibee
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   Posted 7/17/2012 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All

I am having a lot of problems with my back pain so my doctor has upped my dose of pain killers to help and also referred me to the Pain Clinic at the hospital.

My problem is that the Codeine has made me very constipated which I know is a side effect I have done all the usual things like making sure I have a lot of fiber in my diet and have been using Senna when required.

The problem is since I have increased the pain medication the above is not working for the constipation does any one have any suggestions?

From a bloated

Hibee
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   Posted 7/17/2012 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      Good morning Hibee!
 
          ...I use a combination of things,..fiber, lots of water, prunes, metamucil, juice drinks with pulp...and of course walking.
 
    Hope that helps some!
 
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Hibee
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   Posted 7/17/2012 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi SE

Thanks for the reply I have tried all of those except metamucill what is that?

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

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Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, dyslexia, gad, sad, ocd, depression, reactive arthritis and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)
Medication:- 400mg Lyrica, 15mg Escitalopram, Serequel 25-50mg, 5mg Diazepam Naproxen 500mg, Co codamol 30/500 x 6.

flower123
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   Posted 7/17/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Prunes really help me a ton. I have to use a very cheap brand of prunes (they tend to be softer than the more expensive brands). So, I'll use the store brand that comes in a box for a dollar. I eat about ten every single night, and am good to go in the morning (pun intended:). If that doesn't work, you could warm up a cup of prune juice, and have that with your prunes. I bet it will work!

I've done a lot of reading about this, and will share what I have learned. I only use prunes though, b/c they work, and I am on very high doses of medication.

Here is a list:

--Some people just have hot lemon water, and say that it works, but it doesn't for me.

--Miralax works well for many people with minimal cramping. You may want to give that a try, but I would try prunes first.

--Apple juice

-- Pear Juice

--Grapes, Raisins, Dried apricots, peaches, dates, etc. (and other types of fruit)

--Olive Oil (you could drink a bit, or put some on a salad as a dressing). You could add some chick peas (garbanzo beans) to your salad to help.

--Oatmeal

--Baked beans

There are so many things out there to try, so don't give up. Everyone is so different, so what works for some (or even most), may not work for you. I needed to keep trying different things to see what worked, and prunes were a Godsend for me. Hope that helps.

flower123
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   Posted 7/17/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you don't mind, SE, me answering for you. Metamucil is a Psyllium laxative. You mix it in your drink, and drink it.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 7/17/2012 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Metamucil is a fiber, and comes in powder form and also capsules.
 
    ...also with prunes...you are to chew them a lot as they have a tough skin on them and can be hard to digest. As Flower said, prune juice should work well too.
 
     ...try celery....carrots...anything high in fiber....I also eat whole grain breads.
 
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Hibee
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   Posted 7/17/2012 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Cheers guys for all your input.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, dyslexia, gad, sad, ocd, depression, reactive arthritis and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)
Medication:- 400mg Lyrica, 15mg Escitalopram, Serequel 25-50mg, 5mg Diazepam Naproxen 500mg, Co codamol 30/500 x 6.

Purgatory
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   Posted 7/17/2012 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you include stool softeners (the OTC kind) in your routine? Been on a steady diet of Loratabs since 2010, and have never been constipated. My doctor is amazed by that, but I think that since I run "loose" naturally, that it's actually helped me in that area. My doctor said that if I did, to make sure I used stool softeners on a regular basiis.

Good luck to you

David
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