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What to do when laxatives don t work

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
Diet & Exercise: You should try eating more foods which are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber such as oats, bran, foods made with whole grains, fruits, and vegetabl... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
OK: This is constipation! a hi fiber diet, 20-25 grams of fiber per day, drink 80-`100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily and increase ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Fiber and water: You may take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. For the long term you may try to increase y... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darwin Eton
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Yes: I gather you mean flexible sigmoidoscopy. If you afre not cleaned out, let the gastroenterologist know to re-schedule. He will not be able to see anyt... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Some chillies,maybe: There are a lot of different types of chillies, from quite mild to extremely spicy. There is a wide range of reaction to the chillies. So the only p... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Gromisch
Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Laxatives: Epsom salts are an "old school" laxative. It works well but it can cause a lot of cramping and discomfort.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Chronic laxative use may result in diminished colon transit. This is important to review with your doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Roughly 24: Hours. These are used in the maintenance treatment of constipation. They will be less effective at standard doses for a stool impaction.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Depends: Everyone's motility is different. Some may have results within a few minutes and for others, it may take a few hours.

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