Immediately resolve intestinal blockage/constipation

Constipation or blockage of the intestines can cause you a lot of headaches. If you continue to eat but are unable to pass stool, your stomach will swell, you will feel full and you will know that when you go to the toilet the stool is often hard, which makes it a painful process. To stop holding it in and empty your intestines as quickly as possible, there are a number of remedies you can take. Many of these are freely available and can be purchased at the drugstore. For other medicines you need a prescription from the doctor.

Contents

  • What is constipation?
  • Stool does not come out: how can you quickly resolve intestinal blockage?
  • Powder to be mixed with water: macrogol, movicolone, metamucil and volcolon
  • Drinks / syrup: lactulose syrup or prunasine syrup
  • Pills: Bisacodyl and Giprocol
  • Suppositories: Bisacodyl
  • Enema/enema: Microlax

 

What is constipation?

Constipation occurs when you have bowel movements less than twice a week. However, for some people this is a normal rhythm and does not cause any complaints. However, if you do not have a bowel movement for days in a row and your intestines have become blocked, this is called constipation. Symptoms of this include:

  • Abdominal pain / abdominal cramps
  • Flatulence
  • Bloated feeling / full stomach feeling
  • Nausea

Many people also have the feeling that the stool is close to the anus, has already entered the rectum but does not want to come out. It may even be the case that a little stool comes out when you strain and doesn’t want to come out. Pressing too hard is not recommended due to the risk of hemorrhoids and the development of anal fissures. In other cases there is no urge at all, but there is the knowledge that one has not been to the toilet for a number of days and the feces are therefore accumulating in the intestines.

Stool does not come out: how can you quickly resolve intestinal blockage?

To prevent constipation, it is important to first pay close attention to your food, drink and exercise. If your diet does not contain enough fiber, this can be a reason for constipation. It is therefore important to eat a fiber-rich diet.
If you are already struggling with a blockage, you naturally want to resolve the constipation as quickly as possible. If it is not that serious, you can first see for yourself how it can help you. There are various aids available at the drugstore. In more serious cases, you can consult with your GP to determine what the correct approach is. There are actually six types of resources that can be used:

  • Intestinal wall stimulants : promote intestinal perfusion
  • Emollients (emollients) : make the stool softer
  • Water binders : make the stool more fluid
  • Swelling agents : increase the volume of intestinal contents
  • Lubricants : ensure that stool moves easily through the intestines
  • Serotonin (5HT-4) receptor agonists : improve overall intestinal function

To put an end to a blockage, there are a number of solutions that fall into one or more of these categories. These can be divided into the following administration forms:

  • Make powder with water
  • Drinks/syrup
  • Pills
  • Suppositories
  • Enema/enema

 

Powder to be mixed with water: macrogol, movicolone, metamucil and volcolon

Anyone who goes to the doctor with complaints of constipation will often be prescribed Macrogol or Movicolone. Macrogol is available with and without electrolytes. It contains macrogol 3350 and a number of salts and it will soften the stool in the intestines, making it easier to defecate. The addition of sodium and potassium ensures that the proportions in your body are maintained. With a normal blockage you should use one or two sachets per day. In the case of a severe, hard blockage, a doctor may recommend using up to eight sachets within six hours. The powder should be dissolved in water and will taste slightly salty. It is freely available under the names Forlax and Transipeg. You need a prescription for Colofort, Endofalk, Klean-Prep, Laxtra, Molaxole, Movicolon, Movicolon Junior and Moviprep.
Another commonly used drug is Metamucil or Volcolon. The active substance in this is psyllium seed or Plantago Ovata . The psyllium fibers will mix with the intestinal contents and attract water, increasing the volume and softening the stool, provided you also drink plenty of water. The medicine should be taken with water, but can also be mixed with fruit juice, custard or yoghurt.
If you want to use such a product in powder form, you can also buy Dulcofibre sachets at the drugstore. This is a product based on prebiotics (glucomannan, from the plant Amorphophallus konjac ) that stimulates intestinal function. This remedy does work in the longer term and is therefore not preferred if you want to quickly clear a blockage.

Drinks / syrup: lactulose syrup or prunasine syrup

In case of constipation you can also choose to use lactulose syrup. This is a sweet syrup that is not digested in the stomach and therefore ends up unchanged in the large intestine where it is converted into acids. These retain water in the intestines, increasing the volume of the stool and making it softer. It usually works within one or two days. During use you will sometimes find yourself very winded and hearing a lot of rumbling and gurgling in your intestines.
Brand names under which lactulose syrup is available are: Duphalac, Legendal, Laxative Syrup and Sirupus Lactulosi. It is available without a prescription.
You can also opt for prunasine syrup. This is a drink based on plum syrup to which the active substances sennosides (from the senna fruit) and dexpanthenol have been added.

Pills: Bisacodyl and Giprocol

An anti-constipation drug that is available in pill form is Bisacodyl. This drug stimulates the intestinal mucosa and thus stimulates intestinal movement. At the same time, it ensures better absorption of fluid in the intestines, which softens the stool. When taken on an empty stomach, it normally takes effect after about five hours. If you take it in the evening, it usually lasts about ten hours. It should not be used for more than three days in a row. It is available under the names Dulcolax, Nourilax and Laxative Tablet or in an unbranded version.
Another freely available remedy is Gripocol based on Irmolex, which you can take as a chewable tablet. However, this is not a remedy that immediately solves a blockage, but helps prevent it in the future.

Suppositories: Bisacodyl

Bisacodyl can also be used in the form of a suppository for an extra fast effect. It is used in the same way as analgesic suppositories. The suppository moves to the large intestine and encourages it to defecate. It usually works after about an hour, but can also work after half an hour. It is therefore important to remain close to a toilet after use. Shortly after use, ‘wet farts’ may occur, i.e. some fluid comes out with stool.

Enema/enema: Microlax

Instead of a suppository, you can also opt for an enema. This can be chosen when the stool at the end of the intestine has thickened and become very hard. Microlax or Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate enemas can be used yourself, but someone often needs to help. It is important to follow the instructions carefully when using. It is recommended that you first watch an instructional video to make sure you know how to do it. You can buy Microlax at the pharmacy, but it is also freely available at Kruidvat, for example.

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