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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Rein
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Try miralax (polyethylene glycol): The truth is that stool softeners work when used here and there. If used regularly, they loose their potency and become ineffective. For regular relie ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
12 to 72 hours: Docusate (per pdr) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
12 to 72 hours: Docusate (per PDR) helps moisten & soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually within1-3 d: Depends on dose and type; usually works within 1-3 days. Check other factors including diet, activity, other meds, other health issues.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Quickly: It is not like exlax, but it will start to work usually within 48-72 hours.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacte ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
Fast: Within 1-2 hours faster if you drink it warm.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Evaluation needed...: 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
Yes it is good : Anything you take to regulate your bowels and prevent you from straining is a good thing hydration is the key and I mean water and juiced not soda and ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): The answer depends on why you were taking the Miralax (polyethylene glycol). If you're taking it as part of a colonoscopy prep, you should follow ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
28 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Water: Transit can be variable. The "normal" bowel movement frequency ranges from 3 a day to 3 a week. Try adding water to you regimen, up to 120 ounces ea ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Within 2to4 hours: It start to work within 2to4 hours.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Nino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Stool softeners: Will help to bring more fluid into the stool to help them pass easier. They may take several days to start to work. Laxatives usually stimulate the bo ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
36 years experience Travel Medicine
Hydration & Exercise: There are many reasons for relative constipation. Have your md review your current medications for constipation as side effect. Fiber (with enough wat ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Don't bother: Eating fruits and vegetables will not detoxify the body of build up toxins so don't do it for 30 days only. However, eating mostly a plant based diet ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
37 grams fiber daily: More fiber means more water retained in the stool, promoting easier passage, quicker transit and less exposure to environmental toxins (all good thing ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ex Lax: Ex Lax usually leads to a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tri Huynh
Dr. Tri Huynh answered
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Polyethylene glycol: This agent can take up to 1 to 4 days to have bowel movement. If have stool impaction, you might want to give yourself an enema first, then take pol ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Gentry
19 years experience Gastroenterology
Don't: The goal is to have well formed regular comfortable bowel movements. When people refer to bulky stool that usually referrs to formed stool that does ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tri Huynh
Dr. Tri Huynh answered
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Hemorrhoid: Depended on the severity of your external hemorrhoid. There are a few things you can do to relieve your problem. Eat high fiber diet, drink adequate ... Read More

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