I only have my bowel movement once in 2 or 3 days and i want to have it everyday. What drug can you suggest for me to take?
15 Apr 2011
Having a BM every 2-3 days is perfectly normal! If you go beyond 3 days without one you can use a laxative but it is best to try to keep things regular naturally. Try increasing your fiber. I, personally, like Benefiber. It is tasteless and doesnt thicken liquids. There is also Citrucel and metamucil. Fiber Con is fiber in a tablet form. Increase your intake of whole grains, bran cereals are excellent as well as bran muffins, oatmeal, whole grain bread, beans, fresh vegetables, fruits (leave the skins on fruits with edible skin like apples and pears) popcorn is a good fiber source. Also increase your fluid intake, water and juices. Many people get problems with their bowels because the are dehydrated. Fibers work best with fluid in the system. Black tea, coffee and soda pops are not good sources of fluid because they remove more fluid than they replace.
If you follow these dietary changes and still do not have a BM in 3 days then you can take a laxative but like psyched says, your bowel will lose tone with frequent laxative use and you will find it difficult to have a BM without the laxatives. They are very harsh on the system and work to stimulate the bowel, once your bowel gets used to that stimulation it always wants that harsh stimulation. Use them sparingly!
15 Apr 2011
No. First of all, contrary to popular belief, normal bowel movements do not always occur daily. Second, prolonged use of any laxative can cause your body to experience an electrolyte imbalance (which leads to dehydration) and it can cause you to lose bowel tone (which is the intestine's ability to move fecal matter on its way down to your rectum for removal as body waste... and if you may be wondering what that might be like... think about what happens to your toilet when it gets clogged... yes, that will come back up through the digestive track and exit through your mouth). So please, use laxatives sparingly.
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