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What causes reduced bowel movement while on Percocet?

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Posted on Wed, 7 Oct 2015
Question: I had a subcuateous cardiac defibrillator put in on Friday. I was put on Percocet Unable to have bowel movement , now on day 5. Have taken senna and also ducolox . I was able to digitally remove a bit of Impaction but I have not evacuated any more stool. I am on sotolol. For ventricular arrhythmia , I wonder if I should take Metamucil or fleet suppository. I am off Percocet as of yesterday morning.
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I understand your concern, and would like to explain that Percocet, because of its component Oxycodone, may lead commonly to constipation. I recommend you avoiding Percocet in the future.

Meanwhile, Dulcolax and senna extract (though this latter may irritate intestinal mucous layer) may help to fight constipation.

Metamucil (psyllium) is very helpful as stool softener for relieving constipation; so you could use it effectively for preventing constipation.

But, as stool impaction is actually present, the most effective strategy to resolve this situation is by applying rectal enemas.

Hope to have been helpful to you!

Feel free to ask me whenever you need! Greetings! Dr. Iliri



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What causes reduced bowel movement while on Percocet?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! I understand your concern, and would like to explain that Percocet, because of its component Oxycodone, may lead commonly to constipation. I recommend you avoiding Percocet in the future. Meanwhile, Dulcolax and senna extract (though this latter may irritate intestinal mucous layer) may help to fight constipation. Metamucil (psyllium) is very helpful as stool softener for relieving constipation; so you could use it effectively for preventing constipation. But, as stool impaction is actually present, the most effective strategy to resolve this situation is by applying rectal enemas. Hope to have been helpful to you! Feel free to ask me whenever you need! Greetings! Dr. Iliri