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Suggest treatment for constipation, gas, bloating and general discomfort

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: My mother is having problems with constipation, gas, bloating, and general discomfort. She is 9o. We can't seem to clear it.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Rectal suppositories best

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for your query.

Rectal suppositories are best when it comes to long standing constipation. She can take lactulose syrup along with it.

In elderly, laxatives like liquid paraffin, magnesium hydroxide, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, simethicone are safer. If these medicines are not available over the counter, please get a prescription.

Drinking lots of cleaner water and taking fruits like prunes and fruits juices should also help.

Dr Vaishalee
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Brief Answer: Rectal suppositories best Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for your query. Rectal suppositories are best when it comes to long standing constipation. She can take lactulose syrup along with it. In elderly, laxatives like liquid paraffin, magnesium hydroxide, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, simethicone are safer. If these medicines are not available over the counter, please get a prescription. Drinking lots of cleaner water and taking fruits like prunes and fruits juices should also help. Dr Vaishalee