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Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali, Intensivist
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Experience:  MBBS, MD, MCCM.Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 10 year experience in Medicine
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Had a pulmonary embolism. Now taking warfarin and coversyl

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Had a pulmonary embolism. Now taking warfarin and coversyl plus 4mg. Experiencing constant constipation. What is best treatment
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 2 months ago.

Hi,

Im sorry to hear about your symptoms. Now it depends on the type and severity of constipation that you have. If the constipation is constant and you can even pass flatus then that is an emergency and requires urgent abdominal xrays and a examination to rule out intestinal obstruction. Now if you are able to pass stools but not frequently and the stools are hard in consistency then you can benefit from the following interventions,

1) Increase the intake of water in your diet which can soften the stools

2) Increase the intake of fiber (dietary)

3) Try using fiber supplements like metamucil and benefiber

4) If that doesnt work then you can use OTC docusate for softening the stools which is a safe drug here

5) lastly if that doesnt work then you can try OTC laxatives like miralax which can be very effective.

If these dont work then you need to be evaluated for underlying causes of constopation like hemorrhoids or colon issues.

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