How to Treat Constipation in Dialysis Patients
Constipation is a common problem among dialysis patients. We have to say that constipation brings lots of troubles to dialysis patients’ life. Then how to treat constipation in dialysis patients?
Firstly we will see the reasons why constipation in dialysis patients happens. Bowels need fluid to soften the stool and make it easier to more. Dialysis patients have limited fluid. The most recommended strategies for preventing constipation are to eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and get regular exercise. However, because of diet and fluid restrictions, these recommendations can be difficult to follow while on dialysis. So constipation is common to occur among dialysis patients. In addition, many medications that dialysis patients take can cause constipation.
Then how to help dialysis patients treat constipation? For dialysis patients, many allowed fruits and vegetables are significant sources of fiber. Aim to eat 3 serving of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables per day. Carrots, canned pears or peaches, raspberries, grapes, blueberries, strawberries and corn are good choices. What is more, a fiber supplement may be beneficial. Unifiber, FiberSure and Benefiber are brands that are safe for dialysis patients to treat and prevent constipation. Remember to consult your doctor before you start a fiber supplement. Many dialysis patients need some kind of medication to help treat constipation. Chinese herbal medicines like Chinese rhubarb, folium nelumbinis, folium sennae, Chinese angelica and so on have an obvious effect treating constipation in dialysis safely and efficiently. The experts choose the herbal medicines without renal toxicity and match them for dialysis patients with constipation.
Apart from constipation, there are many other dialysis complications. The experts believe that dialysis is likely to be stopped as long as the kidney function can be increased to a certain level.