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gold dogs
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Does any one know if you can take a laxitive if you have crohn's disease? My crohn's is not active right now. Dr. said my nerves and muscles didn't regenerate after resection (three years ago), so there's always trouble GOING.
Gold Dogs

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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Somewhere on here I read it wasn't good. But I would call your on call doctor. In the past I have taken a stool softener which works gradually.

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   Posted 5/11/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Miralax
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Please check with your doctor first......

I have a stricture and intermittent constipation.  My GI told me to try Miralax as needed, and it seems to help nicely.  It is very gentle, and I have had no problems.  Julie

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)

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   Posted 5/12/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I think a stool softner and drinking plenty of water daily would be the first direction I'd go before going straight for the laxatives...you certainly don't want to become laxative dependant.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
There are different kinds of laxatives. Crohnies have to avoid the type that are irritating (Ducolax and caffeine being notable examples).

Wikipedia has a page on laxatives! Is there any topic that does not have a Wikipedia page? Anyway, it's really good - read it, and your scatological education will be greatly enhanced:


"We aim to please. You aim too, please."
- sign seen in a restaurant restroom
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

Post Edited (ozonehole) : 5/12/2008 4:58:10 PM (GMT-6)

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