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I'm sorry to hear about this
Has she had any bowel movement in the last 5 days?
I believe the last one was 4 days ago, maybe 5.
Does she feel constipated?
She conveys that she feels that the liquid is going around the feces and it is not evacuating.
Also, what has she tried so far?
I know that she just went to the pharmacy and he recommended a laxative....senna s (?). She also took something 2 days ago
Okay, senna will induce bowel movements, but it will not soften the stool, in this type of case, a stool softener like colace is often helpful
Does that require a rx?
No, it is OTC
Is there a particular way in which to use this that will be most effective?
Are there any side effects?
Usually 300mg a day is effective when it is taken 100mg three times a day
A side effect is diarrhea
Are there side effects associated with it?
Sorry, I just note....diarrhea is a side effect.
Does she take it with liquid....
Food high in fiber will be best, XXXXX XXXXX nuts etc.
How long should it take to resolve the situation?
Typically......I understand that not everyone's situation is the same.
It usually resolves within 7-10 days
With the stool softener, it should be less
ok, so take the Colace and use foods high in fiber to the greatest degree possible. Should she take the senna to resolve the situation more quickly and begin a regimen of Colace daily?
If the senna was prescribed to her it may help, if not I would not recommend it as it may cause abdominal pain
Good to know! Thanks.
You're quite welcome
So just take the Colace 100 mg x 3 daily.
That is the most effective dose of colace
Is there any danger here.....or is it fairly typical for IBS folks?
There is no imminent danger, if the stool remains after using colace then she will likely need a manual disimpaction
So after a day or so?
Or after another 4 or 5 days?
After about 2 days
She also needs to drink plenty of fluids
Thank you so much for your help. I will convey to her, and hopefully she will resolve her issue.
I appreciate your knowledge and your sensitivity!
You're very welcome
Sorry to intrude yet again. We have secured the Senna-s. My understanding is each tab has 50 mg docusodium and 8.6 mg sennacide. What's the max per usage? How long does one wait to take a second dosage?
And lastly, can the tab be crushed?
She is extremely nauseous and has taken a clonipin to help with managing this.
Thanks for the guidance.
She took two tabs. I will convey that she stop with that at this point. She has a doc apt tomorrow.
For curiosity, can those tabs be crushed. She had a terrible time swallowing them because she was so nauseous.
Again, many thanks!
To be sure I totally understood...............the two tabs that she took is adequate for now. She should not take any more until she sees doc??
Will it hurt her to take another in 6 or 8 hours from now? just trying to move things along here.................... :)