Nutrition & Dieting/constipation


you were nice enough to give me a informative answer about 79 and have diabetes/well controlled.i take blood thinner eliquis for intermittment atrial fibberation.i try to  eatfibre but my blood pressure medicine causes constipation.i usually have bowel movement once every 3 days.i have prune juice effective but I would like to know effective medicine for constipation.i tried metmucil but that does not help much.i need something that wont interfere with my blood thinner or electrylite balance.some people sat take 4 prunes there something safe over the counter or prescription medicine that wont interfere with my blood thinner or elecrlite balance.i feel the urge to go but nothing comes out.i think im to bowel conscious maybe I should let nature take its 79 maybe once in 3 days is normal for me.appreciate your help

I don't really have any medicines to recommend (that's out of my expertise) but I am surprised Metamucil didn't help.
Do you get fiber in your diet like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains?
Drinking enough water is another huge help for constipation.
And if you go just once in three days, but aren't experiencing pain, discomfort, etc there really isn't a problem.
You might try some high fiber cereals (some of the Kashi cereals, Fiber One, bran flakes, etc) and see if they help.

Good luck!

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD


As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.


I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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