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A 39-year-old member asked:

What do you advise if i've been constipated for 4 days with only 1 bowel movement should i take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Liquids only: And take a tbspoon of mom and mineral oil every 12 hours. Should clean out in 24-48 hours. If stool in rectum use glycerine suppository or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) from below. Do not eat solid food untlil you are completely cleaned out and avoid getting to this point in the future by eating and drinking properly.
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
Milk of Mag: This may work for you, but may not be "enough" -- I suggest citrate of magnesia or Miralax (polyethylene glycol) as a better temporary solution. Along with a dulcolax or two tablets.
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Last updated Feb 19, 2016

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