I would like to know how easy it is to attain this medication.And also if it is as effective in Methadone as in pain meds like vicoden and norcos? I am a methadone patient(off and on for the past ten years;now back on) and have been experiencing extreme constipation. I have not had a "normal" bowel movement in over three weeks. Nothing I have tried has even produced a small result! Not only are my abdominal muscles too weak from the methadone,but nothing I eat,like fruit and veggies,have any type of relief! I have tried all types of over the counter meds... such as "Corectol" brand laxatives and the ones not as strong,to even enemas. I do not have intestinal blockage other than what has yet to come out... sorry for the explicits! PLEASE reply to this! I am SO uncomfortable and fatigued due to this prolonged issue.And I am at my wits end! Even the doctor I see regularly is not willing to help me,or it seems,because she is biased against addicts... weather in recovery or not!
The best help for chronic constipation is water, lots of it. Along with the water you could try Miralax (polyethylene glycol). There are prescription solutions to this problem but it would require talking to your doctor. If you do decide to discuss this with her, you could ask about a medication called amitiza.
Hope this helps,
I hear you - I was on the fentanyl pain patch for some 12 years and had constipation and motility problems but in the past six months that I've been on Methadone for chronic pain my gut has just about shut down. For crisis times you can drink a laxative called Citrate of Magnesia to resolve things. Be careful of adding too much fiber to your diet all at once or you will get a blockage. I do take the prescription medication Amitiza and it isn't even helping. My GI doctor tells me research has shown it's ok to take 4 tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia each day and drink lots and lots of water - I drink, minimum, 120 ounces of water a day. Wish I knew the answer - I'm allergic to glycols so most of the OTC laxatives are out for me. I'm trying to lower my dose on this stuff as fast as I can but pain is getting in the way.
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