Taking Codeine for Shingles now am constipated now for 10 days

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The doctor has prescribed Luctrose or a similar name and it is supposed to soften the stools. I just cannot seem to go, I think the Codeine is counteracting this and fighting against it hence I cannot go. I am usually as regular as clockwork.

I will post this in Shingles as well.

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    Lactulose can take 24-48 hours to work - codeine is known to cause constipation as a side effect. Senna, which you can buy from chemists works more quickly, about 8-12 hours, so you can take a dose at night to help open the bowels the following morning.

    Tarun (hospital pharmacist)

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    Laxido works similarly to lactulose, so if that hasn't helped, laxido is unlikely to either ! Pop in to your chemist and see if you can get some senna.
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