Do you find that Kratom gives you constipation? It’s a very real issue (or side effect) that appears to be quite common among Kratom users.
I have some thoughts on the matter including some wonderful anecdotes, as well as some useful tips and advice for dealing with Kratom induced constipation, so I thought I’d devote a whole post to the topic. 🙂
From reading around and talking with other users, it seems the effects of Kratom on ones bowel movements differs from person to person, much like the positive effects can. For some, Kratom causes constipation while for others it’s quite the opposite! And everything in between. I guess that’s no surprise.
My Experience (Yes, a Little Graphic in Detail)
I’m not a daily burner for the most part so I obviously ingest less Kratom than someone who is but I’ve certainly noticed some effects in this department. Here are my observations:
- I often find that within 20 minutes or so after taking my first Kratom dose of the day, I will have a fairly strong urge to take a dump. (I typically take Kratom in the morning on an empty stomach, so I will have already done my business first thing in the morning.) If I haven’t taken Kratom, I won’t have this urge for an extra bathroom visit at this time so it’s definitely down to the Kratom.
- Following on from above, if I take action on the urge and go to the toilet, I will do a small one and I’ll be feeling fine :-). If, however, I resist this urge and hold on, I find that the urge will disappear but I will be more likely to be a bit constipated later in the day. So it’s like my body is giving me one chance to go and if I don’t take it right away, it’s holding on for the rest of the day!
- I find that I’m more likely to experience constipation when I’ve taken Kratom for multiple days in a row.
- I feel that my diet and fluid intake for the day also impacts how likely I am to get constipated when taking Kratom. See my tips below.
I should point out that I’ve never experienced chronic constipation for days on end from Kratom because I’ve always taken a break when I feel I need it.
When I do get constipated, it will usually subside later in the day or by the next day partly because that’s just how it effects me (so it might be different for you) but I also find it can be avoided or kept to a minimum if I take a few precautions:
Tips For Dealing with Constipation Caused by Kratom
- If you’re like me and have a strong urge to go to the toilet shortly after your first Kratom dose of the day, act on it rather than holding on. As mentioned above, if I do this, I’m usually fine. Bear this in mind if you’re someone that takes their first dose then leaves the house right away or generally find yourself resisting this urge.
- Eat “complete” meals. Rather than differentiating between “good” and “bad” foods I would simply suggest opting for “balanced” meals in terms of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Real food over processed will always be better of course, nutritionally.
- Fibre is important but you don’t actually want too much as it will actually contribute to constipation. I would advise against taking a fibre supplement and instead focus on whole food.
- Keep well hydrated. Taking in enough fluid would also be another suggestion. The Kratom will dehydrate you so drinking adequate water is essential for avoiding other negative symptoms (headaches etc.) as well as constipation.
- Take a lower dose. Experiment with lowering your Kratom dose and seeing how you get on, even if it’s just temporarily. The higher the quality of Kratom you use, the less you will need so bear that in mind as well. With the Kratom source I recommend, I can get away with a pretty low dose whilst still experiencing optimum results, so this undoubtedly has a positive impact on avoiding constipation as there’s less Kratom in my system.
- The above advice, though simple, should see you right so if your constipation persists, I would next recommend you simply take a break from Kratom. It’s obviously what your body needs. Don’t be one of these people that just wants to continue as they are and simply wants a pill or supplement to fix the issue – take a damn break.
- That said, one supplement that may be worthwhile taking is Magnesium citrate. Magnesium is linked with the reduction of constipation and some users in the Kratom community find it to be of great help as a last resort. It can also potentiate the Kratom and reduce tolerance so it’s definitely worth exploring.
- I would only recommend laxatives and stool softeners as a true last resort in extreme situations. You don’t want to make a habit of using them and the prior tips should be addressed first.
I Hope This Helps
I think Kratom induced constipation can range from an easily avoidable mild inconvenience to a serious problem. You will no doubt experience it at some point but so long as you still pass daily and without pain, it shouldn’t be a major concern. If it does become more prevalent, hopefully the above tips help and above all, be prepared to take a break from Kratom.