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What Can I Take for Constipation on Dialysis

What Can I Take for Constipation on DialysisBecause of low-fiber diet, phosphate binders, lack of exercise, fluid restriction and other reasons, dialysis patients, both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, are vulnerable to constipation. Faced by this issue, most patients are embarrassed to talk about it. Fortunately, this article introduces what dialysis patients can take for the relief of constipation.

If you are undergoing dialysis, you should figure out several points.

Point 1: Make clear whether you have constipation.

Most often, dialysis patients are considered to have constipation if they have:

- Fewer than three stools per week

- A sense of incomplete evacuation more than 25 percent of the time

- Hard stools above 25% of the time

- difficulty passing stools (straining) for 25% of the time or more

In clinic, we call it chronic constipation if patients have two or more of the above problems for at least 6 months, and this condition is more difficult to relieve.

Point 2: Detect what causes your constipation.

At the beginning of this article, we have listed some of reasons that may cause dialysis patients’ hard stools. The underlying cause changes from person to person. If you haven’t confirmed what causes your stool problem, you can seek help from the doctor at Kidney Service China though the right dialog box or emailing to kidneyservice@hotmail.com. Then, they can help you detect the underlying cause and give you some suggestions in detail.

Point 3: Learn what you can take to ease your constipation.

According to you medical condition, you can manage this problem from four aspects: diet, exercise, habit, and laxative.

- Diet: Following a high-fiber diet can help alleviate constipation, but high fiber foods usually contain rich potassium and phosphorus. Therefore, patients you determine how much they can eat these foods such as brocolli, celery, prunes, etc.

- Exercise: Increase your daily physical activity: walking, jogging or housework.

- Habit: Drink a warm water firstly in the morning, don’t hold on if you have a desire to go to the restroom, avoid milk of magnesium and mineral oil, try to pass stool in the regular time, etc.

- Laxative: Remember to avoid abuse of laxative, and then choose correct laxative which are not harmful for dialysis patients. If you need, you can use colace or senna.

If you can’t develop a systemic treatment plan to ease your constipation by yourself, we are always to be ready to help you for free.

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