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Laxatives and Diverticulitis


Laxatives and Diverticulitis

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 worse.

Your doctor may recommend using nonprescription stool softeners while you wait for changes in your diet to resolve your constipation.

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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last RevisedJuly 26, 2010

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