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Question: Constipation due to smoking cessation


 WilliamD - Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:42 am

i've recently stopped smoking and have been nictone free now for 9 days. For the first four days after quitting i didn't have a bowel movement. Had 3 in a two day span and now it's been 5 more days since i've had another one. I drink plenty of water a day, i exercise every evening and have been taking Citrucel for the past 24 hours with NO RESULTS. I'm passing horrendous gas but no movements. Is this normal? Should i go see a doc? Is it enema time??
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:37 pm

User avatar Dear WilliamD,

Nicotine Cessation related constipation was shown in many studies.
And it was found that constipation levels peaked at about two weeks. Nausea and other GI problems are noted in may people due to nicotine withdrawal.

Anxiety would also aggravate the condition, so try to continue on physical exercises, taking plenty of fluids, avoid food that may cause constipation and increase the amount of food contain fibers and green vegetables.

You have to consult your doctor to prescribe you a specific treatment according to your condition.

Good luck,

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