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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Ileus is a condition that develops when the muscles of your intestines stop contracting. This causes a blockage that prevents food and waste from passing through normally.
- Laxatives may help your intestines contract again and soften your bowel movement to make it easier to pass.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You cannot pass gas or a bowel movement.
- You have abdominal bloating or pain that does not go away.
- You cannot eat.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have a fever and severe abdominal pain or bloating.
- You have blood in your bowel movement.
- Your heart is pounding or racing.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.