Top answers from doctors based on your search:
what to take if you find it hard to move your bowels
A 40-year-old member asked:
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
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ex Lax: Ex Lax usually leads to a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.
A 35-year-old member asked:
45 years experience 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 29-year-old member asked:
19 years experience Family Medicine
Fiber: A high fiber diet or fiber supplement is best, along with adequate hydration. Avoid using laxatives on a regular basis.
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sluggish bowel?: The best approach involves more aerobic exercise, more sleep, and more bulk in the fecal stream. I usually recommend the bulk be supplied by Citrucel, ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
27 years experience General Practice
Laxatives: Most of the over the counter laxatives are based upon vegetable products and are no chemicals and are all safe to take.
A female asked:
57 years experience 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
A 48-year-old female asked:
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Constipation from Rx: Assuming no structural abnormalities nor inflammation of the bowel, constipation as you describe is likely due to altered GI transit by narcotics. Ad ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
23 years experience Pediatrics
Not Expelled: Passage of food byproducts or supplements through the gastrointestinal tract takes approximately 4-8 hours. During this time, most of the nutrients an ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
40 years experience General Surgery
Probably not cancer: blood streaking on a hard bm is more likely related to the local trauma of passing stool. blood mixed inside stool is much more concerning. I would ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Specializes in Family Medicine
It may help. It: gets rid of the inflammation and swelling associated with diverticulitis. It may stop your repetitive flare-ups.
A 30-year-old female asked:
40 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Ok to try MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) or Citrucel. Also can try pericolace. Also plenty of fiber in diet such as whole grains, fruits and veg. Ol ... Read More
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!