CONSTIPATION

Pain meds can increase constipation. The following are suggestions to help ease this condition:

  • DIET. Foods high in fiber will promote healthy bowels. Avoid gas producing foods or foods that are difficult to digest, for example beans or cabbage.
  • FLUIDS. Drink plenty of water. It will also help to eat foods that are high in water content.
  • STOOL SOFTENER. Stool softeners should be taken while you are taking your pain meds. You may pick up an over-the-counter colace product. Use as directed on the package.
  • LAXATIVES. If it has been more than two days since your last bowel movement you can try a stimulant laxative, such as Miralax or a milk of magnesia product. Use as directed on the package.