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#1 elgee


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Posted 04 January 2021 - 11:48 AM


My constipation has continued to worsen over the past few months. I'm guessing that I have slow colonic inertia but will find out more when I have a colonoscopy in February. In the meantime I have to take a boatload of otc constipation meds to keep from backing up. I'm slowly having to increase what I'm taking because it doesn't take long for the meds to lose their effectiveness . My question is, do I continue to use the otc meds as long as they're working or do I ask my doctor for a prescription medication.  


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Posted 04 January 2021 - 12:32 PM

so sorry that your constipation is getting worse.  living with chronic constipation is miserable.  


i was dx'd with colonic inertia with the sitz marker test (colonic transit study).


anyway, to answer your question--really, you can do whatever you want but you might want to ask your gastro doc about trying one of the prescription meds, just to see if any of them are more effective than the laxatives.  sometimes the docs will give you free samples to try.  


good luck! 

these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.


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