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Constipation after cipro capsule intake - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Im constipated after taking 500mg's of Cipro and have little urge to urinate?
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User :   Im on vacation in the Dominican Republic, I had severe Diarhea, Im a 48 year old male. Doctor here prescribed 500mg of cipro 3 days worth twice a day.. I have taken 3 pills so far, Diarhea has stopped, and so has stomach cramps, but since this morning im constpated and since late this afternoon(about 7 hours now) I have had very little urge to urinate and Im constipated.. I have no history of prostate problems, or urinary problems.. Im concerned because I have had very little urine flow, and this is after drinking over 36 ounces of water...
Doctor :   let me read your post
Doctor :   do you feel your bladder filled ?
User :   not really
Doctor :   the body is filling up the dehydrated tissues with the water you are drinking
Doctor :   once the stores are filled then the urine quantity will come to normal
Doctor :   And continue cipro as it is working
User :   thats what I was thinking, you are a good Doctor!
Doctor :   go for a laxative like liquid Parrafin, it will help
User :   is it ok to go for a laxative so soon after diarhea?
Doctor :   yes, but do not go for purgatives or kinetic laxatives
Doctor :   parrafin is a inert and simple one
Doctor :   you can without fear try it
Doctor :   and you have to do it , because constipation is nopt good when you are on antibiotic , the useless metabolites of the antibiotic have to be thrown oput
User :   I had only one night of severe diarhea and stomach cramps, no feaver.. In your opinion if urin isnt normal soon, can I keep drinking water, because I need it for the Cipro, you are supposed to drink water with it?
Doctor :   yes, do not restrict water
User :   I was afraid if Im not having allot of pee, I might bust my bladder?
Doctor :   not at all , it may take another 12 to 24 hours , you may have good stream of urine once the stores are filled
User :   I fell much more relived now(mentally),.. I was reading all kinds of horror stories like maybe its my prostate, or kidneys are failing...
Doctor :   no , if thats the chance you would have other symptoms due to electrolyte imbalance
User :   This is an excellent service and worth every penny, considering im in a 3rd World Country with a language barrier... and very little mediacal services around.. Thought I was going to end the trip and fly home, but I fell pretty good since the diarhea stopped and the cramps are gone...
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