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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Once per day: Taking more than one per day could lead to relying on the medication for normal bowel movements.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Manufacturer: states Dulcolax can be taken "Occasionally" as needed for constipation.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Shafi
35 years experience in Gastroenterology
Constipation: Need more information about your symptoms.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Leighton
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
Prefer ducolax: Strong but less harmful to you.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Magnesium: Both are laxatives, but magnesium citrate will also provide additional magnesium, which is highly beneficial. More info: http://drfairchild.blogspot.c ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience in Pediatric Neurology
Probably no effect: For an adult there is not likely to be any negative effect.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: To be expected.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
There may be: Some discomfort from holding in a large bolus of fluid in the rectum - as it reflexively causes the urge to defecate.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Miralax is for constipation as laxative.It is polyethylene glycol to soften the stool without causing electrolyte imbalance..
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Colace (docusate sodium): Colace (docusate sodium) is better for everyday control of constipation. Dulcolax is an irritative laxative.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
No,: it is a stool softener. It does not increase motility as a function of most laxatives.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Either: Both work by causing small bowel to secrete fluid into gut. Increased fluid helps to sofeten hard stool; not a stimulant.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes: Dulcolax is a brand of bisacodyl which is a stimulant laxative. You can read more here https://online.Epocrates.Com/noframe/showpage.Do?Method=otcs&mo ... Read More
A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Grace Akoh-Arrey
15 years experience in Pharmacology
Abdominal problems: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) dosed at 17 gm/day( a heaping tablespoon in 4-8 ounces of fluid) max 34gm/day. Some side effects are abdominal pain/bloa ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Pierce
28 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: This should be fine, but check with your doctor first.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
TRY DAILY USE OF: Miralax (polyethylene glycol).
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Ducolax -depends on: product. Dulcolax Laxative Suppositories can reportedly lead to bowel movement as quickly as 15 minutes. Dulcolax Laxative Tablets usually work over ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Both are stimulants: Not much difference. They both stimulate the bowels to keep thing moving. I use senokot (senna) orally and ducolax as a suppository in my patients. ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience in Pharmacology
Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lub ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Taking too often?: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience in Family Medicine
Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimula ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
SHOULD BE: Ok, but water is the key.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes: Companies sell these products and make money at it. It is safe to assume someone has used these products for their intended purpose.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
What are you asking?: The short answer is "yes", but really what are you asking? What is your intended indication for the product--improved stooling, weight reduction, redu ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: They can be used together if the dulcolax is a tablet. If it is a suppository, you should wait to see if it works before using the enema, as it would ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): You should use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to be balance as it is not a stimulant laxative and works just as a stool softener. It is gentle on the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Same as new: It's a stimulant laxative; will cause cramps, bowel movement, maybe diarrhea. Can lead to dehydration, fluid imbalance if overdone. Chances are old Du ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience in Gastroenterology
Maybe: Dulcolax is stimulant laxative. Sometimes osmotic laxatives, like lactulose work better. Another treatment is citroma. If you symptoms do not improve ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Dulcolax: Some of the most common potential side effects with Dulcolax are diarrhea, abdominal cramps/pain, indigestion, ^ gas, weakness, feeling dizzy, ^ thirs ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Few: All in all, a fairly safe drug. Since it is a stimulant laxative, some common side effects include: abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Half life 16hr: This bowel stimulant medication is metabolized in the body and roughly 1/2 is gone @ 16hrs with 1/2 the remaining med gone after another 16hr. The dia ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Roughly 16-18hrs: The half-life of dulcolax is about 8 hours, hence one can surmise that the effects will be lasting roughly a day.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
42 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Dulcolax is generally safe even in fairly high doses, although it can cause diarrhea and electrolyte disturbances from that. I suppose if the diarrhea ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience in General Surgery
May need surgery: If stool softeners don't help, the hemorrhoid could be thrombosed or clotted. The swelling can be very painful. You could possible have a fissure or t ... Read More

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