Narcotics and Constipation

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   Posted 9/5/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I really wish I had a brain!  Last night it dawned on me that narcotics can cause constipation.  My Internist told me this about a year ago and I totally forgot about it until now.  (I have digestive problems to begin with so he didn't want to add more!)  Anyway, I know several of you are saying you have this problem.  If you are taking narcotics, this could be the cause.    If you google "Narcotics and Constipation"  you will see for yourself.  Thought you all should know.
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   Posted 9/5/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Burdock Root or Vitiman C both help with that problem

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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have this problem but I just saw a commercial for Senokot-S (sp) that is for medication caused constipation.
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   Posted 9/5/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Stool softeners and cascara sagrada help. Drink a lot of water and move around a lot. Bran flakes also help. But once you get constipated it can really be a drag. I can't stress enough how much the water and moving around helps.

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   Posted 9/5/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I use lactalose syrup to combat certain unpleasant side-effects from tramadol/(dihydro)codeine. Works well.

Also domperiode works well for any nausea experienced as a side-effect of opioid/opiate treatment. Not sure if this is available in the US, but is most other places. I'm sure there are other anti-emetics just as good (cesamet for one)

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   Posted 9/5/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried lactalose myself but I give it to my cat every day and it's helped him!

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   Posted 9/6/2010 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor immediatly put me on a gentle stool softner years ago, this can be a really bad problem that can lead to additional issues. If I don't watch it can really have a adverse effect on how I feel. Already feeling bad, already drugged and then add to that the constipation.... uggg...not fun..then there's the IBS on top of that.... whew... what a combination.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Acai Juice, it tasts wonderful and defiently gets things going!!! And it's very healthy!! Hasnt failed me in years. It can be spendy, but so worth it, I get this one brand from Costco and I absoutly love it.

But like others have said, water and moving, the two best things you can do.
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