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DUCOLAX ... Anyone got experience with it?

(22 Posts)
OnNaturesCourse Thu 23-Mar-17 12:50:28

The liquid form? Doc says theres no research with using it in pregnancy so told me to wean myself off. Im down to 10ml or less a day but havent "been" in two days.

OnNaturesCourse Thu 23-Mar-17 16:24:23


mistermagpie Thu 23-Mar-17 16:42:16

No experience with that sorry but have you tried Fybogel? It's perfectly safe in pregnancy (tastes revolting though) and two sachets a day have really helped me. Might be worth a go?

AreWeThereYet000 Thu 23-Mar-17 16:49:37

Lactulose is safe in pregnancy

terrylene Thu 23-Mar-17 16:53:40

Daily kiwi fruit works if you are not allergic to it (and can stand eating them).

OnNaturesCourse Thu 23-Mar-17 17:52:03

Unfortunately my bowel is just slow no matter what I eat. I've tried the gel but it doesn't work 😟

jld128 Thu 23-Mar-17 18:23:49

i second the fybogel, however i like the taste haha!

terrylene Thu 23-Mar-17 20:00:19

Mine grinds to a halt regularly, but kiwi has an effect. Also movicol - would the doctor prescribe that?

10Betty10 Thu 23-Mar-17 20:43:16

I'm on lactulose. Is absolutely fine for pregnancy, my gp prescribed it, however, you can get it over the counter at pharmacies too. Is just sweet syrupy medicine so not hard to take either. And more importantly it actually works!

Couldn't swallow fybogel down without gagging it back up!

OnNaturesCourse Thu 23-Mar-17 21:50:08

Movicol doesn't work... I was on that for years lol. The lactulous only works once things are moving... I've got that for once things move

Samatamfabahaba Thu 23-Mar-17 22:22:44

Fibogel (which tastes lovely, I'm confused by people saying it doesn't, are there different flavours that I don't know about that are gross??) and lactulose. Prunes and prune juice, and oranges. Sorted me out a treat... albeit it after the arrival of my new pal Pedro the pile.

TipTop333 Thu 23-Mar-17 22:24:52

Isn't senna safe for pregnancy use?

Alternatively, psyllium husks?

10Betty10 Thu 23-Mar-17 22:51:48

Samatam- With fybogel it's a texture issue for me- the orange flavour is fine, tastes a bit like squash- it's the texture that I can't handle (I have had quite a sicky pregnancy though, and had never needed to try fybogel before pregnancy!)

OP- have you tried eating a few pears to kickstart? That sometimes works for me for some reason!

stodgy13 Fri 24-Mar-17 07:54:00

my gp said senna was safe. as is laxido which I find much gentler than senna although takes a few days for it to get working. gp also said dulcolax would probably be ok if necessary but try not to use regularly as minimal evidence for safety (nothing to say it is actually harmful though)

Footle Fri 24-Mar-17 11:54:42

Laxido is another name for Movicol. Should work if you step the dose up.

OnNaturesCourse Fri 24-Mar-17 12:25:04

I was on 6 -8 sachets a day lol

Lemondrop09 Fri 24-Mar-17 12:29:59

My GP told me not to take anything which contracts the guts, as it can also make womb contract.

Annoying as that's my issue, everything just sits there. Some GPs have oresecrubed senna but I'm not risking it. He suggested flax seed

OnNaturesCourse Fri 24-Mar-17 12:35:49

I'm very concerned as to what to take now. GP just said it was my choice and there was no evidence for any in early pregnancy. Duculax is the only thing that helps and thats 20ml up to twice a day.

terrylene Fri 24-Mar-17 12:53:50

There are some physiotherapists around who specialise in constipation issues. You could see if you could get a referral to one.

I saw someone after a gynae op. They will probably tell you what you know already, but if you could see someone 2-3 times, they could work with you through the issues.

I know it is very frustrating having slow transit, and pregnancy does not help as the progesterone in your system slows it all down.

If you have not given kiwi fruit a go, they are worth a try - work better than figs and prunes. I had one for breakfast with 2 figs and a persimmon and achieved an explosion after 3 days shock I thought my bowel was cast iron wink

Footle Sat 25-Mar-17 07:27:30

Must be horrible. All very well for Dr to tell you to sort it yourself but it's gone beyond that. Hope you get some proper help.

terrylene Mon 27-Mar-17 14:37:41

They are very fond of telling you to 'just eat more fibre' in these situations sad as if it is some moral failing on your part. It would be more helpful to refer to a good physio .

I am having some luck with oats/chia/raisins with a teaspoon of coconut oil, and soaked in boiling water for 3 mins for breakfast, then some mini kiwis (found in M&S!) with my lunch.

Apparently a good breakfast with bulk, and good lunch and small dinner are a good way forward.

OnNaturesCourse Mon 27-Mar-17 15:12:09

I'm still taking the Duculax... Nothing else works and I guess taking it is better than not

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