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Bowel obstruction without colic

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

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  • Metoclopramide - first line for nausea & vomiting in obstruction without colic:
    • stat dose 10-20mg oral/s.c.
    • total dose 30-80mg oral/s.c. over 24 hours

  • Dexamethasone may be added as a second line
    • stat dose 8-12mg i.v./s.c.
    • total dose 8-12mg i.v./s.c. over 24 hours

  • Docusate 100-200mg oral or other faecal softener may also be useful

The respective summary of product characteristics must be consulted before prescribing any of the drugs mentioned.

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