Gyn Onc Constipation Prevention and Treatment Strategies:
If you are constipated and you are having nausea and vomiting call the Gyn/Onc RN triage
line/After Hours line at 608-263-1548.
Constipation can happen with
ξ recent surgery
ξ receiving chemotherapy
ξ using opioids.
ξ Keep yourself well hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages.
ξ Being up and about, physically moving your body.
ξ Opioid pain pills will cause constipation. While on opioids take a stool softener
(Docusate Sodium/Colace) 100mg twice daily and MiraLAX® 17 gm once daily. You
can buy this without a doctor’s order at the drugstore.
Treatment of Constipation:
If you have no bowel movement within 48 hours after leaving the hospital follow these
Treatment of constipation depends on whether or not you had surgery on your bowels. Have you
had surgery on your bowels in the last month?
I don’t know if I had surgery on my bowels-
ξ Please contact the Gyn/Onc RN triage line/After Hours line at 608-263-1548 to review
Yes, I have had surgery on my bowels in the last month.
ξ Increase MiraLAX ® to twice daily dosing OR take Milk of Magnesia 2-4 tablespoonsful.
If no bowel movement within 4-6 hours of taking milk of magnesia OR within 12 hours
of increasing MiraLAX® please call Gyn/Onc RN triage line/After Hours line at
No, I have not had surgery on my bowels in the last month.
ξ Use a Dulcolax suppository rectally. You should have a bowel movement within 4-6
hours. If no bowel movement within 4-6 hours of taking the suppository please call
Gyn/Onc RN triage line/After Hours line at 608-263-1548.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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