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what to take if you find it hard to move your bowels

A 40-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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ex Lax: Ex Lax usually leads to a bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
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:
Dr. John Washburn
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.
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Dr. Daniel Maddox
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:
Dr. Robert Killian
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.
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A female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
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
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
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:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
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:
Dr. James Rifenbery
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
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
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.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Collins
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
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