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I had gastric bypass (RnY) in February, 2015, and while I did lose weight, and my diabetes type 2 A1C level did lower down to the mid 7's, even with the weight loss and several different medical regimens, I couldn't get it down further.

My Dr. started me on Ozempic in March, 2023, and I moved up to the 2 mg level by June of that year. While I did lose a bit more weight, the big thing was that my A1C dropped down to 5.6, below pre-diabetic level (!). However, I did go through the usual gastric issues with Ozempic, but mainly a bit of Constipation.

I supplemented my diet with additional Fiber capsules and one Colace capsule daily (I had taken Colace after the gastric bypass, to make the stools softer) and this seems to work just fine, and no more issues.

I know it's OK to take additional fiber (I'm not exceeding the recommended dosage of 5 capsules twice daily) but wondering about the Colace, if it will cause issues long-term. My Dr. says it shouldn't, but has anyone had issues with taking it long-term?

Thanks!

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I haven’t heard about colace specifically but I have heard of MANY people on here having to take a capful or whatever of laxatives daily for life post surgery. Haven’t heard of any issues. I assume your dr would be up to date on any issues since it seems to be a common thing.

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I have chronic Constipation, I have my whole life. I currently take a high dose of hydrocodone daily. For the last year my Gastro Dr has had me on a medication for narcotic induced constipation & 2 colace a day. While I don’t have a BM every day, this keeps me from getting constipated. I have had no problems with this combo.

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I took Colace occasionally right after surgery, but I haven't taken it in years. I do take a capful of Miralax every morning, though, because if I skip it for more than a couple of days, the Constipation comes back..

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18 hours ago, ShoppGirl said:

I haven’t heard about colace specifically but I have heard of MANY people on here having to take a capful or whatever of laxatives daily for life post surgery. Haven’t heard of any issues. I assume your dr would be up to date on any issues since it seems to be a common thing.

Thanks, ShoppGirl, that's what I thought, too...was just checking!

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11 hours ago, toodlerue said:

I have chronic Constipation, I have my whole life. I currently take a high dose of hydrocodone daily. For the last year my Gastro Dr has had me on a medication for narcotic induced Constipation & 2 colace a day. While I don’t have a BM every day, this keeps me from getting constipated. I have had no problems with this combo.

I've never had any problems, just wanted to ensure I wasn't opening myself up to any...

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8 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

I took Colace occasionally right after surgery, but I haven't taken it in years. I do take a capful of Miralax every morning, though, because if I skip it for more than a couple of days, the Constipation comes back..

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8 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

I took Colace occasionally right after surgery, but I haven't taken it in years. I do take a capful of Miralax every morning, though, because if I skip it for more than a couple of days, the Constipation comes back..

Thanks!!

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