If your bowels do not open after three days, you should start a bowel management plan which may include stimulant laxatives, stool softeners, osmotic agents and/or suppositories and enemas. This plan will be developed in collaboration with your doctor. Although many of these medications are available without a prescription, it’s important to talk to your care team before taking any medication.
Constipation becomes a problem when it leads to other complications such as haemorrhoids or bowel blockages. It’s very important that you talk to your care team if you experience excessive pain or bleeding from the rectum. When your white cell count or platelet counts are low, constipation can result in a higher risk of infection and/or bleeding so you should report any signs of constipation early.