I’ve heard of plenty of ways to describe constipation.
Painful… frustrating… exhausting… embarrassing… and a few I can’t print here!
But I’ve never – not once – heard anyone say they’ve thought about KILLING themselves over it.
But if you take the new gut-clearing med, that’s EXACTLY what could be running through your head!
That’s an ACTUAL RISK linked to a newly approved constipation drug.
And it’s one you don’t have to face…
Because there are much BETTER and far SAFER options.
I’ll share the… er… poop on those in a moment.
First, I’ve got what you need to see if you’re fighting this painful, frustrating,exhausting, and embarrassingbattle.
Out of the bathroom… and into a nightmare
The feds rushed the drug prucalopride through the approvals process so quickly, it was… well… it was like they had all taken laxatives and needed to get out of that room ASAP.
APPROVED! GOTTA GO!!!!!
And if that drug were as effective at clearing the gut as it was clearing that meeting room… then you could say patients have a choice.
But it’s not.
Only between 20 and 40% of the patients who took the drug in studies got relief.
Those numbers look even worse, given that the PLACEBO gave between 10 and 20% of folks that same improvement.
And when I say “improvement”… we’re not talking about a bowel-clearing miracle here.
In the study, just three “spontaneous” bowel movements a week was considered an improvement. (Let’s hope they weren’t TOO spontaneous).
For that incredibly small benefit, they took a drug that belongs to a class KNOWN to increase the risk of heart problems.
While none popped up – or pooped out – in the study, that’s GOTTA make you nervous.
But what REALLY has to make you nervous is that suicide risk.
Some people who took the drug reported thinking about it… and some even made ATTEMPTS at it.
There’s no word yet on how big the risk is.
The more common ones are the usual suspects: headache, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal distension, dizziness, vomiting, flatulence, and fatigue.
Sounds like fun.
Here’s a better idea. Here’s THREE better ideas, in fact:
- Cascara sagrada: Better known as “sacred bark,” cascara was the go-to remedy for constipation generations ago. About 500-1,000 mg twice daily should get things moving in three or four days. This stuff is best for short-term use, while you work with a doc to figure out the real cause of your constipation.
- magnesium: Odds are, you need more magnesium anyway.Take 500 mg of magnesiumat bedtime. If you’re still plugged up, double the dose the next night.
- aloe vera juice: Drink half a cup, twice a day -- once in the morn and once at night.