I have a method that works for me - unsulphered apricots - they work really well, I eat some every single day, and have never had an issue with that frustrating side effect of pain meds even after surgery when taking a great deal of medication. I know this is not a question but I wanted to help anyone I can with this! Some people like to soak them with water to soften them. It works!
27 May 2010
I hope everyone has been benefiting from this. I was reminded by my husband the Trader Joes apricots are really bitter and quite dry so do need moistening- and probably adding water to any of them helps with the digesting period. I also know that constipation from meds is harder to deal with after it starts than getting on top of it from the beginning. Crossing my fingers for everyone plagued with this- as if pain and dependence aren't bad enough.
25 May 2010
They help me as well, even better than prunes or prune juice. You just have to be careful to not eat a whole lot of them at a time. I love them so it's hard for me to stop. But if you eat too many it can give you a tummy ache. My doctor also suggested I try Align and it seems to work pretty good too. But Apricots are definitly the better, more natural way to go if it helps.
28 Feb 2011
I am not one who tries this, that and the other, if I find something and it works then I stick with it but in this case it does not work well enough to get me to let this alone, My parent's are from the South (Tennessee) lots of things like that they have heard of but this was new for them, I recently tried a combination of things with a new pain medicine (the medicine helped the pain but it was terrible when it came to constipation) enough for me! besides I found another one that in general made things different it wasn't as bad with constipation and it has given good pain relief without a lot of side effects, CVS has a new version of Senokot S, it is called Senna Plus, it's cost is much less than Senokot-S and it still works, I think even better than the Senokot-S, But I am anxious to try you remedy out, sometimes we never know until we try, If you are still on this site I will allow it to be known how I am doing with this, my mom even remarked it sounded like something that would come from someone's from the south so I look forward to giving this a try I am glad this has worked for you and I am in hopes of getting good results with this I intend to let you know how this works for me Caringsonbj my first name is
28 Feb 2011
I am sorry something went wrong with the computer for a minute and I think that I lost the post so I am going to try again, I have tried many things when it comes to Constipation due to narcotics, Senokot-S has been one that worked pretty well for me but my parents are from Tennessee and I have a feeling that this would have originated from someone down there, maybe not. regardless, I am going to give it a try, I recently was changed to a new pain medicine, it helped with pain but it was difficult to cope with when it come to constipation, therefore the doctor arranged to try another medication which responds well to laxatives and for pain, I have friended you and I am going to write once I try this and let you know how it affected me. I wish you the very best and appreciate your suggestion. My first name is Billy my site name is
25 May 2010
This may sound really bizarre to some people, however, I'm going to share this anyhow, I have tried many OTC stool softeners, and they do help some, on the other hand, Prune Juice at bedtime, or in the morning, or both morning and night did help, and the funniest thing I've tried is believe it or not, "baby prune Pablum", helped more than anything I've ever tried, Now, I now a few of you may think I've lost a few brain cells, albeit, I have that too, lol, On the upside, you cannot imagine how well it worked, I use it three times a day, and my stools are normal now, especially taking the Kadian I'm on. It works for me, and what can it hurt to try it??? You never know what will work best. And this is one that even surprised me, so if you want to stop the cycle of constipation, it's worth a try, we all react in many different ways, and this is one that is working for me... I wish you luck, I know this can be frustrating. Bless you, and Good Luck...
25 May 2010
I have had this same problem even BEFORE pain meds. I used to use a probiotic, which works very well, but can be expensive. I have a prescription from my GI doc called Amitiza that works well. It only absorbs into your colon, and not in the rest of your body. The downside is, it is Extremely Expensive!!! If you have ins., it's fine. Without, however, 60 pills(1 pill 2x's a day) is about $300! And that is the insurance company's price! I also use Miralax, which is now over the counter, and is relatively inexpensive. The combination of the two has been a godsend for me, but for everyday pain med constipation, Miralax works just fine. It is odorless and tasteless. I just add it to a cup(8 oz.) of orange juice.
@ Meggieprice- What exactly are "unsulphered" apricots? And where can u get them? Are they just "dried" apricots? I would like to try it! I would much rather eat fruit, than take MORE medication!!! Please let me know! Thanks. Heather
22 Jul 2010
A guy use to live next door to me and my father was over visiting. This neighbor took pain meds pretty heavy and one day he wanted to borrow my home phone. My father was out in the yard and brought him the phone (I swear, this really happened!!! ) and this guy dialed a number and screamed, "man, come on, just bring me one, I need it!!! " and he squatted down (still on the phone screaming) in HIS front yard and did accomplish the most trying attempt to relieve his constipation (that is how my dad explained it). I just thought to myself how I would never torture myself like that for a pain pill (he was a bad addict, one that deserved a recent common label). I do not think I would put my body, mind or soul through that, and let's not forget the self respect... HIS FRONT YARD!!! =P
25 Aug 2010
Hi. This is only the 2nd time I've ever posted, but I feel I am an expert in this area since I have been taking a lot of morphine for almost a decade:
Two things: 1. eat as close to a cup of Allbran as you can get down every day. This works great! Better than fibercon or other powders and pills.
2. If you still need help, then get your doc to prescribe Miralax (polyethylene glycol is the generic, I think). Also drink lots and lots of water
Water, lots of water and fiber is a key to keeping your stool moist as possible and not rock hard when it does arrive (smile) The Miralax retains water in the bowel and has proven a godsend for me.
31 Jul 2010
My friend is taking Docusate 50 mg with Senna 8.6 mg for constipation from Oxycodon. The pharmacist recommended it. The Docusate comes together with Senna and is about $5 at the clinic pharmacy. It says take 2-4 tablets, but my friend found taking one was enough. It's always better to use something natural, but if that doesn't work, try this. :0)
2 Jul 2010
I use Kelloggs Fiber Plus bars which are delicious and have35% of your daily value of fiber.The choclate Chip tastes so good I find i eat them after going to the bathroom.They do give you some gas,but they help me there are a few brands that are good,but make sure they have at least 9 grams of fiber.I hope it helps for you because I had the same problem... I hope it helps you out,Good luck also prunes but they just look nasty so I never tried it but I hear prunes work good also.
10 Jul 2010
I started eating Kashi cereal, making sure to gradual increase my fiber intake from 20% to 55%, so I didn't have an 'accident' or an 'embarrassing situation'. Once my morning fiber was increased, I made sure I slowly added more greens to my diet, like swiss chard, collard greens, spinach. They are full of beneficial vitamins, and I enjoy the taste. There are other high fiber veggies one can eat.
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