Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
137 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Are Probiotics safe to take for gas and constipation?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2012

Answered : 3614 Questions

default
Posted on Mon, 6 Jun 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: HI,
I HAVE A BIG BELLY CAN I USE SOMETHING FOR PROBIOTICS, IT IS BIGGER SOMETIMES IT SEEMS GAS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM, I TAKE MIRALAX BECAUSE I GET CONSTIPATED FROM MY PAIN PILLS I TAKE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
doctor
Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Supportive care and diet lifestyle changes.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for asking

I read your question and i understand your concnern. With strong pain killers specially opioids like methadone , bowel movement reduce and age related bowel decline also happen, so that all together have led to this bloating and distension. Its due to insufficient bowel peristalsis to propagate the content in it leading to swelling.

Treatment is supportive. Modify diet and lifestyle. Eat small frequent meals, avoid dairy products, fatty foods, spices, processed & canned foods, coffee, alcohol, beverages, soda, chocolate etc. Prefer fresh fruits and vegetables, diet rich in fiber. Use yogurt and peppermint in every meal as probiotic and antispasmodic supplement. Adapt good toilet habit. And last but not the least, yes you can use probiotics as well but yogurt is the best natural probiotic. Use morning time after breakfast for toilet and resist the urge to defecate rest of the day.

Use laxatives as per need basis only and drink enough fluids, minimum 3 litres in a day.

I hope it helps. Take good care of yourself and dont forget to close the discussion please.

Regards
Khan


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Drug/Medication
Medical Topics ,  

Recent questions on  Peristalsis

doctor1 MD

I have issues with lack of peristalsis..65 yrs old with a varity of ailments. I saw posted to try Perdium, 2 tablets a day. I can not locate what...

doctor1 MD

My nephew who in 2000 was 21 years old. One morning he woke up with a bout of vomiting. He felt better. However after that he started feeling...

doctor1 MD

I have used lacalose and sorbitol and amitza and dosate and my stools are not coming out much.i have had very stools in the last few days.my stools...

doctor1 MD

i have 15 year old son, who is having sporadic chest pain while swallowing food/drink and taking a deep breadth. it started yesterday evening in...

doctor1 MD

My husband is complaining of difficulty breathing and tightness in his chest. This happened shortly after dinner so he wondered if he ate too much...

doctor1 MD

Please help. I have been suffering from acute pseudoobstruction on a monthly basis for about a year now and the pain is becoming unbearable. I was...