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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had severe constipation ever since I started Cymbalta and Lyrica..I'm not sure if it is the combination of the two or mostly cymbalta..I have eaten fiber, til I feel like I am going to explode..the only way I end of "going" is to take Senna..and that is after a week of not "going"..I really hate to stop the meds as they seem to be helping me.  Anyone have an ideas?  thanks

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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow - what do you mean by saying you have "eaten fiber"? I also had chronic constipation with my meds (particularly Tramadol) and I take Metamucil 2X/day now and it's totally fine. I found Metamucil biscuits, as well as the kind of Metamucil that dissolves completely in's awesome. I didn't change my diet at all.
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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

All I can say is that I have the same problem with Lexapro.  Have tried Miralax and try to eat as much fiber as I can.  It's just one of the side effects of these medications and I too wish I had an answer.  I was told to drink a lot of that too.  I'm weaning off Lexapro even though it has helped me somewhat.  Too many side effects...epecially the dry mouth.  Guess our intestines dry up too!



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   Posted 5/19/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Try taking magnesium. Many people with fibro are deficient anyway. Take enough to make you go regularly.

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   Posted 5/19/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I too take Miralax. No taste at all and works gently and well. Costco and Walmart both carry it. My pain meds 'do it to me'...

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   Posted 5/19/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Chron's Disease and Fibromyalgia. I believe I have most of the constipation from Chron's Disease, but I don't think the medicines I'm on are helping to relieve any constipation I've been having. My doctor recommended I drink a capful of miralax (a white powder that has no taste and is best mixed with non-carbonated drinks). Just be careful because it will make you go to the bathroom and help keep you regular, so don't get dehydrated! You could also try the Activa challenge- I drink those too. (They're kind of sweet though).

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   Posted 5/21/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat lots of fruit and veggies..I'm now trying to take Metamucil twice a day..can't take it too close to my other meds and my doctor says it binds with your meds and your meds don't work as well..I have tried the Miralax, but can't seem to find out if that's something you can take every day..would certainly give it a try if I could.  I found a recipe for a fruit spread made with senna tea leaves and prunes, but need to get to health food store for the senna..have heard good things from that too..boy I feel like up a dried up prune!!  thanks for all the input..How much magnesium should you take?

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   Posted 5/21/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
how much water are you getting?
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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, I know how important water is and I try drink lots..some days I know I probably don't get enough..I really do drink a lot...probably at least 10 glasses a day..guess I need even more..

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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Start taking malic acid. I get mine at Fibros are deficient in malic acid in the mitochondria of the cells where the Krebs cycle turns glucose into energy. Malic acid is one of the necessary components to finish the cycle for energy production. Many of us stall out part way thru the cycle and then the pain and fatigue begins.

One of the side effecs of malic acid is loose stools so you can get both things done at once.
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