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What is the best medicine for constipation?

IM AN AIDE FOR A WOMAN IN HER 80 s who s very ill with oxygen, had severe back surgery, suffers from 5 different kinds of arthritis. She s on 4 1/2 percocets / day ,12 stool softeners , 4 others, Metamucil , potassium , multi vitamin iron, fish oil, and is getting injection( 2) so far that is new on the market for her arthritis. She eats 1/4 cup of cashews a day and goes perfectly every day,....just recently she s developed an lower respitory infection and is on an antibiotic and had one day of very loosse bowels and stopped the cashews for one day. She hasn t moved her bowels for 2 days. My question is......are cashews good for constipation?
Thu, 24 Jan 2019
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Cashews are good for nutrition but not good in constipation patients why because it may contain less fibre.

Percocet may cause constipation because it is an opioid analgesic. So give her plenty of fibre with physical therapy may useful. Use Movicol sachet in water or Pegmove Powder in water daily.

If not improved suppositories /enemas may useful. Please consult your doctor he will examine and treat her accordingly.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Penchila Prasad Kandikattu , Internal Medicine Specialist
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