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perkyfish
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I have been diagnoised with chronic constipation. Trust me there is absolutely nothing that i can do to solve. Whether its mild stuff like fruits and fiber.. or its laxatives. My doctor basically has sad your colon is very slow and all you can do to help it is do what anyone would do if they had constipation. My question is... why cant a 16 year old be able to have the medication Zelnorm. Do they think that we are not responsible enough to have this? I find that very hard to believe when ive been give Vicodin from my doctor for cramps. A medication said to be a narcotic. So yeah i find it impossible to believe Zelnorm is unsafe for any 16 year old. Its really really not fair for me to have to live in pain because I cant fix this, and its not fair for me to be so young and have had such a nice body only a year ago to have to deal with my stomach being so abnormal when comparing it to how it was. I feel fat now that im like this and its really ruining my selfesteem. To be honest I hate my body and it makes me want to cry every so often. I just want to feel normal. I feel like right now in my teenager years im in my prime of when i should have my best body that ill only be dreaming about once im older. And i shouldn't have to worry about things like this. I can handle have certain medical complications with my body but what i cant handle is being told that "no we cant fix this for you because you're only 16 years old". I really want to do something about this. Please please please help me on this. If you know of a way i could get his medicine or of a way I could somehow ( even though this is a long shot) make them change the age level on this medication I would be very grateful. Also if you could tell me why you think they might not want anyone below 18 to have it that would be nice to. It would certainly clear up a lot of things I ask myself. Thank you.
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KittenGoddess
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Well, here's the thing. Based upon the prescribing information, it does not appear that they have tested this medication (Zelnorm) in people under age 18. So a part of the issue may be that your doctor simply cannot prescribe this medication for you at your age.

Have you sought a second opinion? If your current doctor is only giving you options like taking Vicodin, then it's probably time to get another opinion.

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perkyfish
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The vicodin was for a problem i had that was completely different.Nonetheless its still a narcotic and im sure way way more destructive to your body than Zelnorm is. But I can understand if they haven't tested it on people under 18. Im not sure why not though. People that are over 18 aren't the only people that can have this. A second opinion might be a good idea. But what else could be done with all the symptoms ive had for chronic constipation? Or what else could all my symptoms be if its not chronic constipation? It just worries me. Do i have to wait 2 years and keep this stuff in my body that really is toxins needing to get out of body? Ive already read up on it extensively... people that have long term chronic constipation can have a end result of colon cancer. I dont like this one bit.
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KittenGoddess
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In terms of why it has not been tested on individuals under 18...there are groups that are commonly referred to as "protected groups". This usually includes children (which is often classified as anyone under age 18), the very elderly, people with mental disorders, prisoners, etc. With these groups, it is even more difficult to get approval to do actual tests. The doctors and researchers usually have to prove with a great deal of certainty that no harm will be done to the subjects (even more certainty that you would have to prove with normal adults).

I'm not a doctor, so I can't tell you with certainty what another physician might suggest for you. Is the doctor you are currently seeing a specialist or just a general practicioner? If you're just seeing your GP, then it might be a good idea to ask for a referral to a specialist. Also, sometimes different doctors just have different suggestions depending upon their personal experiences with symptoms like yours.

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perkyfish
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What exactly is a GP? I think that is a very very very good idea for me to go in and see a specialist for this. Because yeah i am just seeing my regular doctor for what i have. I will look into that and talk to my parent about it too. Thanks!
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DarkChild717
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A GP is your general practitioner--your regular doctor. He or she can give you a referal to see a specialist.
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