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how long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Usually < 1 hour: I depends on the suppository. Some are glycerin and only stimulate the rectum by their irritant properties. Bisacodyl suppositories ( dulcolax, etc. ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
A : A glycerine suppository only takes a few minutes to melt, but it may take a few more hours for the child to pass a stool. Constipation is the passa ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Short term fix: Suppository is a short term fix for constipation. If you find yourself having to use a suppository regularly, you need to see your doctor to help figu ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Beukes
Specializes in
Safe option: Hi there yes suppostitories should be fine, remember to add fibre to diet, drink a lot of water and aslo consider movicol saches,
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Fiber without: Adequate fluid intake will not relieve constipation and may make it worse. You need 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily to get back in ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy Hanson
36 years experience Dentistry
Depends upon the dos: The timing is very much dose driven. A small amount of sorbitol may have no effect, while a larger dose may have a laxative effect within an hour or ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Not a stool softener: Metamucil is not a softener per se. Rather it adds bulk and can retain (adsorb to be technically correct) fluid which may 'soften' the stool indirectl ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Hard to say: Until i know what haas caused the rectal pain. Was it trauma, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, abscess? All will have different healing rates depending on ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
From UTI?: If you are having trouble from a urinary tract infection, antibiotic may reduce your symptoms in less than 24 hours. Other meds such as Pyridium (phen ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Quickly: Generally a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) will work within and hour.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Depends on the type: You can usually expect a result in 8 to 24 hours. If taking bulk laxatives like psyllium husk ensure that you are well hydrated as well or you may ha ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
A few days: Assuming you are taking Doxycycline for a urinary tract infection, it takes a few days. Taking Pyridium (phenazopyridine) and drinking lots of fluids ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
one hour: Peak blood levels occur one hour after use.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Week: Inflamation can improve over a week or so but the dialted vein (hemorrhoid) does not disappear. It may become inflamed again. It can gradually get w ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience Pharmacology
Senokot (senna): If you took 2 tablets and drank plenty of water, i would expect results within 12-36 hours.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Juno
21 years experience General Surgery
Anal fissure: weeks.: An anal fissure is a tear at the anal sphincter. Like any cut or tear in the skin this can take a few day to a few weeks. If it doesn't heal or recu ... Read More
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 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Within an hour: Most people feel relief from pain within an hour after taking ibuprofen (with the correct dose). Since NSAIDs should be taken no more frequently than ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Perhaps?: There are internet reports of this herbal therapy giving relief from hemorrhoids. Herbs and such are not fda regulated and one must use caution and m ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Sorbitol is a...: ... slow-metabolizing sugar alcohol derived from fruits, corn, and seaweed. What effect are you seeking from it?
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Hyoscyamine: Is anticholinergic & antispasmodic agent , which is a racemic component of Atropine with twice the potency of atropine. Is used in gastrointestinal & ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
8 hours: Ex-lax usually takes up to 8 hours to work. You need fiber to keep regular. Also increasing your water intake helps. High fat and processed foods can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
Uncertain: Probiotics may or may not help with "gas". I assume you are referring to passing gas per rectum(flatus). Scientists are just starting to understand t ... Read More
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