A 41-year-old member asked:
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How long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience in Gastroenterology
Usually < 1 hour: I depends on the suppository. Some are glycerin and only stimulate the rectum by their irritant properties. Bisacodyl suppositories ( dulcolax, etc.) are gut stimulants and generally work better and quicker but can lead to cramps.
Answered on May 28, 2019

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Safe option: Hi there yes suppostitories should be fine, remember to add fibre to diet, drink a lot of water and aslo consider movicol saches,
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