• What are your secrets for dealing with Constipation?

    Asked by FreeBird on Monday, July 16, 2012

    What are your secrets for dealing with Constipation?

    What are your experiences and remedies for constipation with cancer and chemotherapy? We've already spent >$60 this month trying different remedies.

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • ImStillHere's Avatar
      ImStillHere (Best Answer!)

      Miralax worked the best for me. It took about a week to really kick in, then everything was usually great. If I had an especially bad bout with it, I'd eat tons of prunes along with taking the Miralax.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Thanks. That's good to know. Just started trying the Miralax.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Again, I would advise extreme caution when experimenting with OTC and home remedies. It is absolutely vital that the oncologist be aware of and approve all medications whether they are prescription, OTC, supplements, herbs, or home remedies. Many can interfere with the efficacy of chemo, other can result in adverse reactions with other medications.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar
      Cindy

      I try avoiding constipation by drinking 8 cups of water a day, eating a very high fiber diet and avoiding caffeine and low fiber foods (e.g., avoid pasta, white rice, and potatoes without skins). Milk of Magnesia worked for me for constipation.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Oh, the constipation! I don't know which was worse, the constipation or the diarrhea that followed. It was a tough balancing act...didn't want to go too far in either direction. I kept a journal, trying to figure out exactly how long I'd be constipated before it would go the other way to horrible diarrhea.

      I would prepare for the constipation by taking senna (Senokot) as recommended by my onco nurses. I also became very, very good at chugging prune juice...watered down was easier to get down!

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Thank you for the tips. The nurses recommended Senokot here also. It didn't work, but I bought the store brand. I don't know if it makes any difference.

      almost 5 years ago
    • MaryannS's Avatar
      MaryannS

      Constipation was a big problem for me. I was in the ER for it. They recommended going to a proctologist. He advised me to increase my fiber and take Miralax taking during chemo. Then once I finished treatment, to decrease the miralax until I was off.

      Miralax is an amazing medication. Worked well, no intestinal cramping at all.

      I hope you get the relief you need.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar
      Bellamore

      I juice. Kale, lemon, celery, apples, etc. I stick with the green juices not the fruit. I juice everyday, maybe about an 8 ouce glass. Does it for me.

      Prune juice works too, when I am unable to juice.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      Thanks to all for this helpful information. A friend swears by aloe Vera juice for constipation. I seem to do best with stool softeners
      lots of water, lemon and fiber foods.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      Thanks to all for this helpful information. A friend swears by aloe Vera juice for constipation. I seem to do best with stool softeners
      lots of water, lemon and fiber foods.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar
      Cheryl2

      My PA recommended warming the prune juice.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      MiraLax + Senna (generic Senokot) have broken the dam after about 4 days of adding the MiraLax, and dad had success two days in a row for the first time in two months.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Constipation can be a real pain in the bootie...literally! Ugh...BUT.....there are many things you can try, it just depends on which works for you. I tried so many things, Dulcolax, Metamucil, high fiber diet, prune juice, etc. I have found maintaining a balanced diet with good amounts of fiber helps. Drinking a lot of liquids too. I also drink an aloe vera concentrate that is diluted into water. One glass a day in the morning keeps my bowels happy. It's from Herbalife and yes I did show it to my chemo and radiation doc and they OK'd it. As soon as you realize you are having issues with constipation, start treating it. Don't wait until it gets really bad cause then it's just more painful and harder to make it go away. :) Hope some of this helped. Wishing you all the best.

      almost 5 years ago
    • marcinh's Avatar
      marcinh

      Check with your dr. to see if you can use magnesium citrate.

      about 3 years ago

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