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how long does it take to empty your bowels

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience in 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
45 years experience in Internal Medicine
Varies: Depending on your normal bowel function and the foods you consume after your test, many people resume normal bowel movements the next day.
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milton Mintz
66 years experience in Geriatrics
Constipation: Or if severe obstipation.-- add fiber to diet!-drink water 6-8 glass/day- see pcp if it persist ; certainly if it gets worse.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience in General Surgery
A few hours: The laxatives are very powerful!
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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Bowel habits: He may have a tight sphincter which makes it harder to have a movement. Sometime dilation might help the condition. You might also try giving him more ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Relaxation: If your bowels are full, the relaxation of sedation may facilitate the defecation reflex resulting in a bowel movement.
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Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Please specify...: For what do you intend to use OTC? Please specify. Besides, we need to realize a 400-letter space will not suffice to address your concerns to the poi ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonah Essers
17 years experience in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1-4 hrs: The stomach will typically empty most of your meal in to the small intestine by 4 hrs. However emptying begins within the first hour so your small int ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
28 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Weeks: 2-4 weeks out of work. 3 months for complete recovery.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience in Medical Oncology
A day or two: After a colonoscopy, you should be able to eat normally. It depends on what and how much you eat, you should have a bowel movement within a day or two ... Read More
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