Yeah, find a food that has a lot of fiber and you can stand to eat it every day. I have struggled with constipation for awhile but I found something I like that helps and I eat it every day and thank god, it works very well.
@SacredNeigh7, I had a really bad problem with constipation about a month ago too. I couldn’t relieve myself at all. I was on three different AP’s, all of them very constipating. I told my pdoc about my problem and he lowered the dosage of one of my AP’s by half. That solved the problem. I don’t have to take laxatives at all.
My doctor said milk of magnesia is safe. It works in a few hours and you really go. Also, you can get fleets oral solution over the counter. They used to use that for colonoscopy prep I think. I used it once, it should work.
I get constipation as a side effect of Zyprexa. I take 2-4 Citrucel caplets a day and now I have started eating a big bowl of raw veggies as an afternoon snack. The extra fiber really helps. My daily fiber goals on my Sparkpeople ranges are 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Before the veggies, I was always around 17-18 but the veggies bump me up to meet my fiber goals every day.
Maybe extra fiber wouldn’t help you though - you are on a vegan diet so you must already be getting a lot of fiber. When I was vegan, I would sometimes get as much as 75 grams of fiber in a day!
I keep a laxative on hand for when things get bad like you are experiencing, like every 10-12 weeks. As long as you don’t take them too often, they generally work in no more than 24 hours. Good luck!