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Opiates and constipation

Sandit2SSandit2 Posts: 2
edited 03/29/2015 - 4:31 PM in Pain Medications
I have been taking Oxycontin 20mg 3x's a day for abt a year. Well, I have to have a colonoscopy, it's time, and I have drank all the stuff they gave me and I still can't have a BM!! What am I going to do when I go for the procedure tomorrow?

The opiates cause constipation and I go a loong time in between bm's! Now, I am really going to be embarrassed when I haven't been cleaned out at for the colonoscopy.

I am worried something is very wrong! 2 bottles of Magnesium Citrate and 64oz of Gatorade with full large bottle of Miralax and nothing has happened! Nothing!

What to do?
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 03/29/2015 - 7:15 PM
    I'd phone a pharmacist! They have always helped me with any kind of medical issue like that. I'd also phone the hospital.

    Bast of luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 332
    edited 03/30/2015 - 2:10 AM
    There are a bunch on the market. You can buy tabs, powders, liquids and suppositories... If you are having an extreme time with this, buy the suppositories.

    Narcotics slow down our bowel movements, essentially putting our bowels to sleep, so you need a stimulant laxative to speed things up. Please go to your local drug store and speak with a Pharmacist if you can't find anything.

    Also, the biggest misconception is to eat lots of fiber. Not when you are taking narcotics! The fiber will get stuck in your intestines making things worse! Drink tons of water and fluids.

    I recommend either buying a suppository or buying a product called "SENNA." You drink it (comes in tabs as well), but I would personally buy the liquid form. Wait a few hours and it WILL come out.......

    Please do NOT delay. Head there now!

    Doug Hell
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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  • I totally agree with Doug. Stimulant laxatives are really useful. Something that has really helped me, which might be useful for you, is adding a stool softener like colace when I'm having a tough time. It makes the whole process easier, if you get my drift. ;)

    But either way, I hope you figured it out! I know how uncomfortable it can be with narcotics to not go.
  • Hi
    You have been dealing with this for along time like a lot of us who take
    pain medications. The thing is it can end up with such serious complications
    if not taken care of. I had that issue for a long time and put off doing anything
    about it, so now I deal with issues that won't go away. Don't want that to happen
    to you, do you have a Doctor that has been involved at all with helping you?
    If not I would for sure make an appointment with one who can help you find the
    medication, suggest diet ideas, etc. for the future.
    But right now if I was you I would immediately make an apt. with your Doctor and they can give
    you direction in what to do before your colonoscopy. As always you got allot of great advice here.
    I like a lot of people hate to discuss this subject, it is not the easiest but it
    sure can be serious, I tend to rant on about it so sorry.
    My Specialist told me and it is just from him, that people should not use suppositories
    too much because your body can become dependent on them. They are alright for a
    once in awhile issue but not to be used consistently. But like I said that is just his opinion
    do some research on the subject it may be what works for you and it may not.
    Everyone is right it is critical and let us know how you are doing alright.
    Take care of yourself
    Sherri
  • OverItAllOOverItAll Posts: 88
    edited 03/30/2015 - 6:26 AM
    To have these crazy side effects! I would definitely call the gastroenterologist scheduled to test you ASAP, because they will know what to do so that you don't get sent home without a colonoscopy as that would totally stink to go through drinking all of that and be sent home to start all over again. I agree, untreated constipation can cause a host of other complications from discomfort, random illnesses to serious, so the sooner the better to address this, there are tons of over the counter and high fiber food options out there that the specialist can help you navigate.

    My extended family laugh at me for the high high fiber diet and organic this and no processed that and now, vegetarian diet(more like fishtarian as I still eat fresh caught seafood). BUT, I currently can not sit long enough to deal with constipation issues due to my back issues, so a high fiber mostly all natural diet is needed, especially since exercise is still very limited for me as well. I also often get a very sensitive stomach when stressed or in pain, so figuring out what irritates my digestive track during that time has made a great world of difference.

    FWIW, my gastroenterologist highly recommend Colace or Miralax, for me Miralax was the most gentle and effective counter to all this medication during really bad constipation issues and then fiber one chews or hard candy to help maintain. Again, don't do anything without consulting a doctors first, just in case of drug interactions.
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  • You summed that up just great, anymore I struggle to write anything and make
    sense of it.
    Miralax is my choice too, I have to watch the fiber stuff thought it is hard to balance
    it all. I had my gallbladder out last November but did no good and now just trying to
    get to the bottom of what is going on.
    Diet is so important but it is so hard to eat right and gets expensive too. Here in Utah
    we don't have tons of choices when it comes to the right kind of fresh fish. We get
    trout but that is mostly during the summer. It is a challenge to get the family to eat right
    and they get tired of the preaching.
    I was wondering what kind of candy do you eat and mentioned fiber one is that a bar?
    Take care Sherri
  • The fiber candy (chocolate chews and hard orange candy)was in the same section as fiber supplements in the pharmacy, may be fiber something else, but fiber one is what comes to mind. I do get fiber one bars as candy bars for myself and the kids, they love it. The fiber one granola bars, brownies, etc are a great way to indulge and up the fiber though, at least they have been for us here. I have not read that about opiates and fiber being a problem, I just know for my system the more fruits, veggies and whole grains the better...gonna go check out that link now though.

    For me, diet came as a necessity, not a want. I'd much rather be able to eat whatever sounds good, but all this stress and pain makes that very very painful for my overly sensitive digestive track honestly, i feel like there may be some unrecognized allergies in all of that, but who has the energy to figure that one out?!? As for the family, I have one veggie lover and one meat lover, so no matter what we have someone is gonna be unhappy...DH is pretty easy going, especially now that he wants to lose a few winter pounds, which is good because most nights I am spent by dinnertime and he is the one doing the cooking(I often prep everything in the mornings for him though)
  • OverItAllOOverItAll Posts: 88
    edited 03/30/2015 - 1:05 PM
    Doug Hell said:
    There are a bunch on the market. You can buy tabs, powders, liquids and suppositories... If you are having an extreme time with this, buy the suppositories.

    Narcotics slow down our bowel movements, essentially putting our bowels to sleep, so you need a stimulant laxative to speed things up. Please go to your local drug store and speak with a Pharmacist if you can't find anything.

    Also, the biggest misconception is to eat lots of fiber. Not when you are taking narcotics! The fiber will get stuck in your intestines making things worse! Drink tons of water and fluids.

    I recommend either buying a suppository or buying a product called "SENNA." You drink it (comes in tabs as well), but I would personally buy the liquid form. Wait a few hours and it WILL come out.......

    Please do NOT delay. Head there now!

    Doug Hell
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Just curious where a link may be about increasing fiber while on opiates not recommended or helpful, or even more so, counter productive? I googled it, but nothing came up about increasing fiber rich food not recommended or helpful while experiencing opiate induced constipation. I am very interested as I don't want to create more problems than this pain already has.

    When I mentioned to both neurosurgeons that I recently switched to a vegetarian diet, neither made note or mention of this creating possible increased side effects. I have had severe constipation due to surgery and opiates in the past and desperately want to avoid needing stimulant laxatives, or suppositories. So far have been able to manage this round with diet very well.
  • I am going to have my Husband pick up some of those when he does the shopping.
    Do I ever get where you are coming from it is a constant battle for me with food.
    The story has been over several years and this past year a nightmare of tests and
    medication plus the Gallbladder surgery. The thing is no matter what I eat or not eating
    I get all bloated, burning and really bad pain. The last test was a MRI of the stomach etc.
    but nothing showed up. I never realized how complicated eating and the whole digestive
    system plus the effects constipation can have on all of it.
    I agree I would love a steak but no way not for now.
    Take care Sherri and thanks for the information on the food.
  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 332
    edited 03/31/2015 - 4:54 AM
    The biggest misconception is to eat lots of fiber. NOT when you are taking narcotics! The fiber will get stuck in your intestines making things worse! If you do so, be sure to include some sort of stimulant laxative or you will be in a world of hurt! My GP and 2 Pharmacists advised me of this!

    Take what you read online with a grain of salt. There are a ton of biased opinions out there. I received my information from 2 Pharmacists and my GP (Doctor). Call a local Pharmacist and inquire.

    -DH
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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