Chronic constipation due to psychotropic medications

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I have a child who takes daily psychotropic medications and suffers from chronic constipation. Any suggestions?

Have tried everything over the counter.

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    Hi, I use a product called LAXOL which is sugar free and contains DOCUSATE SODIUM 50mg per pill and SENNOSIDIES 8mg per pill. I am an adult so not sure about for children. It is a gentle way of overcoming this problem for me.
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  • Posted

    There are natural ways also like vegetables and fruits like kiwifruit and I see molasses can work but it is a sugar which some cannot tolerate...
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    • Posted

      She is currently on Lactulose and Linzess.

      I have her on a Vegan diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of water.

      However, her system becomes dependent on these medications which only help temporarily.

      Have you ever tried Trulance?

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    No I have just used the one drug Laxol as I have had a recent prostate operation and the whole thing affected my digestion and so on. I pray your daughter is helped by the information and guidance you can get from the internet and from your doctor.
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    Try following things

    1. Drink daily 3 to 5 liters water.

    2. Eat food containing fiber.

    3. Drink fresh juices.

    4. Drink milk daily.

    Hope it helps

     

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    • Posted

      Thank you for your advice:

      Already:

      Drinks a lot of water

      Is already on high fiber diet

      Sits on the toilet daily for 45 minutes. Three times a day.

      Incorporates daily exercises

      Drinks Almond milk

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    • Posted

      I have tried  Castor oil, Mineral oil,

      Magnesium Citrate.

      I believe I have tried everything over the counter.

      What is currently helping is Go-Litely which is given before having a Colonoscopy. Not that she needs a Colonoscopy but in the meantime that doctor finds the right medication.

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      There are two new medications on the market but they both require prior authorizations.

      Your doctor must provide supporting documentation in order for insurance carrier to pay .

      They are  Trulance 3 mg and Amitiza. Something to consider.

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    • Posted

      I had meds that made me severely constipated (5 days or more between BMs),age ,,14 to 18,had to get we eekly enemas from mom,wish these new drugs were around back then
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    I work with people with special needs and for some reason this seems to be a common problem they have to endure. Sometimes it is a result of meds or just the way their digestive systems works. I believe you already follow best practice on diet , exercise, and drinking plenty water.

    Here are a few things that I have observed help the people I work with. Cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Cauliflower, (sometimes I just make a lunch of cauliflower and cheese sauce.) The other one that I see helps is when I make a dish of roast mixed veg and potatoes. Drinking water throughout the meal and smaller meals more often. Warm baths.

    I hope you might find something useful to apply to your situation. I wish you well.

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    Have you tried enemas?
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      I have, and not the Fleets that you find over the counter at the pharmacies.

      I have a regular large enema bag which does help sometimes. Her Gastroenterologist has even prescribed GoLitely which is prescribed when individuals are getting ready to have a Colonoscopy which does help. It will not be prescribed on a long term basis though.

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