Cancer: Home Treatment for Constipation
Things you can do
Home treatment may be all that is needed to treat constipation caused by cancer, pain medicine, inactivity, or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to treat constipation, be sure to follow them. Check with your doctor before using any nonprescription medicines for your constipation.
If you are still constipated:
If constipation persists, your doctor may suggest a laxative, such as Phillip's Milk of Magnesia.
You may sometimes need to try a stimulant laxative, such as Ex-Lax or Feen-a-Mint.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
If one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your doctor:
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