Do not use laxatives or enemas unless your doctor
prescribes them. If you use them too often, you can become dependent on them
for bowel movements. If you are having a sudden (acute) attack of
diverticulitis, laxatives or enemas can make the pain
Your doctor may recommend using nonprescription stool
softeners while you wait for changes in your diet to resolve your
Every year, millions of Americans come down with the "stomach flu," or viral gastroenteritis. It can cause diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, fever, and headache. It’s also highly contagious. What treatments will make life with the stomach flu a little less awful? More importantly, how can you avoid getting it in the first place? Here are some answers.
Fiber supplements such as psyllium seed products (for example,
Metamucil) and cellulose products (for example, Citrucel) often help with constipation. But you may need to try several
types to find one that works for you, because different types of fiber may vary
in their effects on your large intestine. These products cost more than
increasing fiber naturally through your diet.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
July 26, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 26, 2010
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