• Sorry if this is TMI, but I cannot get over constipation followed by diarrhea.

    Asked by CancerChicky on Friday, August 9, 2019

    Sorry if this is TMI, but I cannot get over constipation followed by diarrhea.

    My doctor has given me some little white pills to stop me from going, but then I get constipated. What is the answer?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Prior to cancer, I'd be prone to diarrhea -- any change, it would come visit. With cancer, it became a balancing act between stool softner and Imodium. Luckily, it doesn't last forever. Good luck.

      5 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      If you're still having chemo, some of the anti-nausea medicines cause constipation. But then boom, the chemo causes diarrhea 2-to-4 days later. It's a cycle caused by the medicines - unfortunately, there's not too much you can do since you need the chemo. I was on chemo every other week - so I had one week of constipation followed by diarrhea and one :normal" week. Like Buckeye Shelby said, this won't last forever.

      5 months ago
    • carm's Avatar

      For the constipation, take colace because you don't want to use a fiber laxative. For the loose stools, stay on the BRAT (bananas, rice applesauce,
      and toast) diet until the loose stools resolve. Best of luck to you.

      5 months ago

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