Posted by: anxious | 2008/06/01



Regarding my previous posting to you about my constipation, a couple of other things. My gynae seemed to specifically mention that at the time I was there (Wed last week - 28/5) there was no point in using Fybogel at that stage as it would make matters worse. What is the difference between Movicol and Fybogel? He recommended that only once I had normal bowel movements returning should I return to taking Fybogel. I have read constantly that it is difficult for gp's to be specific about individual patient's normal bowel movements, i.e. one can have 1 a day being normal, someone else can have 1 every 2 - 3 days etc. Isnt it relevant that if one already has pre-existing conditions such as I have, i.e. IBS and ongoing constipation that I should have at least 1 bowel movement daily, which is what I have always had? I started the Movicol Wed mid-am (I had 3 Wed) and have kept taking it 3x day since - since Wed I have only had 1 bowel movement Fri am and 2 yest am? I am not convinced this is back to being normal bowel movement for me yet? Am I right? I finish the box Tues am this coming week. How do I know if this is taking longer to come right than it should, (does that matter?) or do I just keep taking the Movicol until it seems to be coming right? I have had no bowel movements today (Sun) at all. I am just saying its not "normal" for me to have it only every 2-3 days. I have already had 2 Movicol today - total 14 so far. I used another Dulcolax suppository yest after speaking to my gp and my stomach did work but then nothing happened after that. I havent used any more since. Is it slowly coming right?

Thanks again for help.

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According to me, Movicol and Fybogel are the same but it is possible that your system got used to the Fybogel and therefore, it is no longer that effective. So I recommend that you continue using the Movicol until you have a bowel movement every day (ask your GP for another prescription), before taking the Fybogel again.

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