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    We all know constipation a part of chemo/meds, etc. but I am done with chemo (3 wks done)only getting herceptin and this is still an issue

    Asked by NJT on Monday, February 4, 2013

    We all know constipation a part of chemo/meds, etc. but I am done with chemo (3 wks done)only getting herceptin and this is still an issue

    Any thoughts on when system gets back to normal?

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    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      It often taks several weeks for the drugs to get completely out of your system and your body to get back to normal. In some cases the chemo puts things out of whack for a long time or even permanently. If it keeps up too much longer ask your Dr about it and if there is anything that can be done to relieve the symptoms. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Your constipation may not be related to your chemo. If anything several chemo drugs can cause some severe diarrhea. Are you on any steroids or pain medication? They are likely to cause constipation.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      I was told that it takes 3 to 6 months for the chemo to get out of your system. I dealt with the constipation but things got back to normal within a couple of months. I wish you the best!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • grammy's Avatar
      grammy

      I have found that taking magnesium tables helps greatly with constipation. Just buy them at the drug store and take one a day. And your body needs magnesium anyway. Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar
      Kossmore

      You try either or both Philips Colon Health and Mirilax. Mirilax is a plastic that you put into any drink, I use hot tea and it taste good. It will take a few days for them to get into your system. Increase your water intake becaues both of these use water to soften stool.

      over 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      Senna S works without cramps. I was also told it takes 6 months for chemo to get out of your system.

      over 4 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar
      virginiab

      I had a lot of trouble with constipation during chemo; what finally worked for me was taking Miralax every night. I kept using it for at least a month (maybe 2?) after chemo, then switched to 1000 mg of magnesium at bedtime every night, which I have now continued for several months.

      over 4 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar
      KimG

      NJT- Yogurt, Yogurt, and Yogurt. At least once daily. Also use a stool softener so you won't rip yourself in two when you finally do go. A little exercise even if it means just walking.. I do a stationary bike, it's no impact and I really get a good work out(about 35 minutes or work up to it.) In the summer I ride a bike outside. kimg09

      over 4 years ago
    • KimG's Avatar
      KimG

      I also agree with Kossmore on the miralax. You can put a capful in any drink, daily. It helps keep you regular and it makes it easier to go. kimg09

      over 4 years ago

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