I suggest your hubby tries eating dried prunes, apricots and figs...all natural laxatives.
It sounds like the medications he is taking are causing him to become dehydrated. I know you have said that he drinks plenty of fluids, but if it is in the form of tea or coffee it will not be helping at all. Plain old water is the best way to go.
I do hope that you find something that works for him quickly. It's no fun being constipated at the best of times, least of all when you have all the other things to deal with too.
It is amazing I have a cosiderably shortened exhaust system yet I suffer as much from constipation as diahorreah.Over the years I have found that the best form of relief for me is epsom salts. My gastroenerologist suggested I take half a spoon full in warm water. I tried that . If she had have been close I would have throttled her after I stopped gagging that is. The solution I came up with was to buy a bag of gel capsules from the chemist. They hold just the right amount and are easy to swallow-no taste at all.I have used them whilst on diuretics(odema) and methotrexate and arava. They are considerd mild and not habit forming. One of the new colonoscopy preps requires taking around 150 of them so they are not dangerous. I found they did not work at that dose ,I think the gel in the caps clogged up the works. When I was taking codeine based pain killers they were life savers. I don't have any worries now ,diabetes drugs have the oposite effect for me ,I'm just careful not to sneeze. All the best to you and your husband,Hugs,Ron.
Has anyone suggested Movicol? Can be bought over the counter or cheaper on prescription if you have a concession card. Its a sachet, you dissolve in water and drink, and its not too bad. Fairly gentle most of the time and safe enough for small kids in its lower doses. My mother-in-law has had some issues with constipation due to her oxycodone needed for pain control and this has helped more than anything else. Hope it helps!
I use the coloxyl and movicol to assist with my constipation - I am on chemo and also on loads of medications. I find these do help. I also have increased my fibre intake (heaps of oats) and heaps more water intake. It is such an uncomfortable and emotionally draining thing constipation. I really pray this settles soon for ur husband and he is able to poo freely.
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