Try not to rely on the laxatives for encouraging bms. Make sure you are eating enough foods to encourage the peristalsis in the colon. Make sure you're getting enough fluids/water throughout the day.
One can add a fibre source such as Metamucil smooth or regular to bulk up and soften the stools.
Stool softeners can be added for a while.
The main cause of constipation in UCers is mild or low in the rectum inflammation...which can happen early in a flare or while one is healing from a flare
Rectal meds are important.
Again, I stress to not use the laxatives instead of increasing fibre sources and making sure one is eating enough food. Eating more often will also ensure a better stool formation.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!