Can You Take Laxatives To Treat Constipation?
Hello, I had an appendectomy about 5 years ago, but lately I have had difficulty defecating so I decided to take laxatives. On the packaging, this medicine should not be taken by people with appendicitis while I have had appendicitis around the 5th year ago. Can I take the laxative? Thank you in advance
Hi Nadhira1005, Thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
A person is said to have constipation if the frequency of defecating is less than three times a week, is not complete after defecating, or is unable to defecate at all. Constipation can occur as a result of consuming reduced fiber foods, insufficient water consumption, consumption of certain drugs, not exercising actively, having a habit of holding back bowel movements, or experiencing certain medical conditions. Before taking any medication, the best step you can take is to change your lifestyle by:
consume high fiber foods such as vegetables, fruit, nuts
consume lots of water
actively exercising to improve bowel movements
avoid the habit of ignoring the sensation of defecating
review any medications you take regularly that may have a side effect of constipation
If lifestyle changes do not work, you are advised to consult directly with your doctor before using laxatives because the doctor needs to check and find out whether this complaint is caused by a certain medical condition or is simply due to a wrong lifestyle. The use of laxatives must also be in accordance with the doctor's recommendations because not all sufferers can consume the same laxatives. Consult your doctor first after a direct examination by a doctor.
Hope this information is helpful.